Summit County Fishing Report: With high muddy rivers consider reservoirs |

Summit County Fishing Report: With high muddy rivers consider reservoirs

With runoff in full swing, finding unfishable water is easy, finding fishable water is the trick. Tailwaters will continue to be the primary option for moving water anglers, just expect a lot of company. The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir continues to run low and clear with fair fishing with midge patterns.

The South Platte River is a good choice, with the many reservoirs along its course the river is running clear on most sections. Below Spinney Reservoir, the flows have been doubled to a respectable 100 cubic-feet-per-second or so, which allows the fish to spread out. Many fish will be looking for hatches of caddis and pale morning duns. Downstream, the river in Eleven Mile Canyon is sporting a few good hatches of blue-winged olives. However, the fish have been extremely selective as of late. The Deckers’ area is seeing some dingy water due to recent flow increases. This is a good time to try small streamers in addition small caddis patterns.

Still water continues to be the best bet for most anglers. Keep in mind that not all waters are equal, and the presence of a large number of anglers doesn’t mean fishing is “hot.” Check with a few before dragging out the gear. If good, join in, if not move on.

Dillon is open to boating and is producing fairly well for smaller rainbows. These recently stocked fish will take most any lure, fly or bait. Consider changing it up throughout the day, lures first, then bait during the heat of the day, and a fly and bubble rig is hard to beat late. One trick with a fly and bubble is to fish very slow. If the bubble makes a wave/ripple you’re fishing too fast.

Some quick notes. Wolford Reservoir is off-colored. Green Mountain has been producing a few lake trout and lots of rainbow down lake from the inlet in clearer water. Kastmasters, spoons and small crankbaits (minnow lures) have been producing. For lake trout, steeper banks are key. Mount Elbert Forebay is seeing few anglers. Those giving it a try have been managing browns on spoons fished erratically. Sylvan Lake was recently stocked, that coupled with good hatches has been offering some great late-day fly fishing. Kokanee anglers are doing well at Blue Mesa, Granby (Arapahoe Bay) and Shadow Mountain reservoirs.

David Coulson is the state editor for He can be reached at

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