Summit County Fishing Report: Most rivers and streams remain ‘high and roily’ |

Summit County Fishing Report: Most rivers and streams remain ‘high and roily’

October is a time of slow transition on Spinney Mountain Reservoir. Fishing for large rainbow and brown trout and northern pike can be good, but tends to be less predictable than earlier in the year. The lake will be closed to all boats after Oct. 31 but fishing from shore and exclusively fin-propelled belly boats will be permitted until ice-up, when the reservoir closes for the winter. Karl Licis Outdoors

Other than tailwater fisheries — the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir, Dream Stream and Frying Pan River — most rivers and streams remain high and roily. The good news is the rivers appear to have peaked and flows are dropping. With each passing week, the rivers will become increasingly fishable.

Near Kremmling, the Colorado River has been fishing well despite the high flows. Anglers have been experiencing some nice evening caddis hatches. For the tailwaters, scud, mysis and midge patterns continue to produce. Plan on fishing during the week to avoid the heavy angler “hatch.”

South Park’s Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been producing some solid action for those trolling small crankbaits and working tube jigs and other crayfish patterns in shallow water. Weeds along the western shore are heavy at this time. Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir has slowed substantially, although there are reports of an occasional hefty trout.

The word is out that Jefferson Reservoir has plenty of open water. One angler indicated the number of fishers was high enough they could link arms and encircle the lake. Rather doubt it was that bad, but don’t expect solitude if you go. Still, fishing has been good, although primarily for small rainbows.

Turquoise Lake has been fishing well, despite the low water levels. Lures or bait have both been producing with some consistency. This is one of the few waters reporting decent lake trout action. With the warming waters, the lake trout are transitioning to deeper waters and have not yet established a summer pattern.

The boat ramp at Stillwater Campground north of Granby should be open by the weekend, as rangers have been working on it and channel markers are now in place. Water is stained, and there is a fair amount of floating debris, so use caution if boating. Rainbows are still fairly active, but the lake trout have been generally inoperative.

Now is a great time to make a foray to some of the High Country lakes. While spinners often work well, a fly and bubble worked slowly are often the ticket to a day’s productive fishing. Fish it slow! Any wave/wake at all is often too fast.

Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News.

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