Fishing Report: brown trout action to pick up this fall |

Fishing Report: brown trout action to pick up this fall

The rivers continue to run low and clear. Even better, most are fishing well. As we move into fall, look for the streamer action for browns to pick up as they go into pre-spawn and become increasingly aggressive. Please avoid wading shallow gravel areas, especially if redds are present.

The Blue River below Dillon is flowing around 100 cfs and as a result the trout continue to be a bit wary. Light tippets, good presentations and small flies are the order of the day. Easier fishing can be had farther downstream where a hopper/dropper rig is a good option during the day.

Wading angler nymphing small patterns on the Eagle River are going well. Look for the occasional hatches of midges and mayflies, especially during low light. Lots of browns in the Eagle River, so don’t hesitate to throw a gaudy looking streamer. Farther downstream, from Dotsero upstream on the Colorado River, anglers will find a wadable river with good clarity, barring a thunderstorm. Simpler patterns that are effective on the other rivers will work great here also. Closer to home, don’t overlook Gore Creek. With the browns moving in from the Eagle to spawn, it can offer some exciting fishing.

A lot of folks have been checking out Green Mountain Reservoir for an early kokanee run, but as of yet the fish being caught are still bright, so give it a bit — though a cold snap could get them going. If you decide to have a look, keep in mind that there are plenty of rainbows in the inlet area and they have been hitting spoons and jigs.

Farther away, Wolford Mountain Reservoir is producing a few fish, but the action seems to have slowed from previous weeks. Look for the action to pick up off the dam in a few weeks, as we move into October.

South Park’s Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been slow for trout, though a few are being caught on flies and spinners. The best action has been for small pike by working the weed edges. Small spinnerbaits have been very effective early in the day. Antero is also fishing slow, but the trout action has been a bit better for the fly-fisher. Basic patterns, such as hare’s ears, have been working. Eleven Mile Reservoir has been doing well early in the day. Trolling shallow waters with small crankbaits has been effective. Don’t overlook jigs in areas with crayfish. Jefferson Lake has seen a dusting of snow. Not many days left for this one, but the lake trout have been moving shallow, likely to spawn. Work spoons, such as Kastmasters, over rocky areas in shallower waters for good results.

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

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