Fishing Report: find good fishing at Eagle River |

Fishing Report: find good fishing at Eagle River

Fishing at Wolford Mountain Reservoir north of Kremmling. The reservoir has cleared up a lot and continues to produce a fair number of kokanee salmon. Most are running in the 12-15 inch class.
Byron Hetzler |

The rivers are offering some excellent fishing at this time. The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is low, flowing at 100-130 cfs and crystal clear. Small midges and fine tippets are the order of the day. However, a number of other patterns will work, such as copper johns and gold-ribbed hare’s ears. Expect lots of company if you fish here.

A better option is the Eagle River, which, while not floatable, is fishing very well for those wading its waters. Dry-fly action has been excellent. While the caddis are not as prevalent as before, olive caddis patterns are still effective. Terrestrials, pale morning duns, blue-winged olives, gray duns and midges are also great options.

The Colorado River from Byers Canyon downstream has been running discolored most days. Still the fishing has been good. Nymphing tends to be the best bet with old standards such as girdle bugs, hare’s ears, San Juan worms and prince nymphs, sizes 12 and smaller working well. Don’t overlook giving streamers a try, and when the river is clear look for decent dry-fly action.

Lake fishers will find plenty of action throughout the area. Granby has been producing a few lake trout by jigging deeper waters, down to about 100 feet. Decent surface action for rainbows can be found early and late in the day.

Tarryall Reservoir, thanks in part to frequent stockings, continues to fish well for rainbows. Nearby Eleven Mile Reservoir has picked up as of late. Midge patterns have been very effective toward evening. Spinney Mountain Reservoir is also fishing decent for both pike and trout. Give crankbait-style lures a try. Fly-fishers are also doing decent with callibaetis, pheasant tails and olive nymphs.

For fast action, Montgomery Reservoir is doing great for rainbow trout, though not many of size. Fish whatever you like as the fish haven’t been picky. The only downside is this isn’t a secret spot; expect plenty of company.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir has cleared up a lot and continues to produce a fair number of kokanee salmon. Most are running in the 12- to 15-inch class. Four-year-old fish are starting to take on a pinkish hue as spawning season approaches.

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

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