Making trip to Grand Mesa is worth the effort |

Making trip to Grand Mesa is worth the effort

Dave Coulson
Special to the Daily

With good ice on all mountain reservoirs, lots of folks are reporting on two of the more popular lake trout fisheries. Granby Reservoir is seeing a good number of anglers, and many are having solid success on lake trout, working waters deeper than 30 feet, especially around transition areas. Transition areas are where there’s a sudden change in depth or the rate at which the depth changes. Fish frequently stack up along these areas.

Lake trout anglers are using mostly jigging spoons or tube or curly tail jigs. White is a favorite color, although black will work equally well, as both provide contrast in deeper water. Most are tipping their jigs with a worm or bit of sucker meat. Electronics are helpful, but not a necessity. Fish shallow for rainbows and browns.

Now that Green Mountain Reservoir has a good ice cap, icers are venturing out in good numbers and with good reason. The lake trout fishing has been great for many. Small tube jig (and curly tails) up to 3 inches have been the go-to lure. Don’t hesitate to use spoons and other minnow-style jigging lures. Tipping your offerings with a bit of sucker is a tried-and-true tactic, but not a necessity if you’re vigilant while working your offerings. Most fish are coming out of 30 to 80 feet of water.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir action has slowed with only an occasional small rainbow showing for most anglers.

South Park waters are developing thick ice, making power augers desirable. Unfortunately, most anglers are having a tough time right now. The same can be said for Antero — an occasional fish. When conditions are tough, fish areas that haven’t been pounded or consider fishing different lakes with better action. It’s much the same at Tarryall Reservoir, which has been very dependable until recently.

For those looking to make a day trip, consider heading west to the Grand Mesa area. There are a good number of well-stocked waters there, and if you take a pair of snowshoes, a short hike will get you away from the crowds to enjoy a great day of catching — albeit mostly rainbows in the 10- to 14-inch class.

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

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