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Summit County fishing report

Dave Coulson
special to the daily

Editor’s note: Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News. For more local and regional fishing information, visit

Fall is a truly beautiful time of the year in the Colorado. Each passing day brings greater color to the mountainsides as the Aspen take on their golden hues, but they are not the only color in the high country.

Brown trout are going into spawning mode, and as they do, they develop deeper hues. Now is one of the best times to catch browns as they tend to let down their guard slightly and become aggressive toward anything that is perceived as a threat to their spawning activities.

The Colorado, Blue, and Eagle rivers are good fishing for them right now, and the action will continue to improve for spin fishers using minnow patterns and fly fishers using large streamers. Concentrate you efforts early and late in the day in the deeper runs and pools. Look for fish making redds on gravel areas. Avoid fishing or wading these areas.

The other colorful fish seen now are the kokanee, as they go into spawn they take on brilliant reddish hues. While the run isn’t in full progress, a few are showing up at the inlet of Green Mountain Reservoir. Typically, the run peaks sometime in October. You may encounter them on the Blue River, where they can offer some fast fishing action. Just remember that snagging is not permitted above the Highway 9 bridge.

The Snake and Blue River inlets at Dillon Reservoir often see kokanee in the fall. Fortunately for anglers, small brightly colored jigs, spoons, and flies will work for them where snagging isn’t permitted.

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