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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

Golden aspen isn’t the only brilliant fall color anglers can expect to encounter when they visit the High Country.

Deep, vibrant red kokanee are showing up for many at area waters such as Granby, Williams Fork, Wolford and Green Mountain reservoirs. While snagging is a popular method for many, the reality is kokanee will readily strike flies and lures. Especially effective are bright colors such as pink, chartreuse, orange and red.

River fishers continue to see solid streamer and lure action from the deep golden-hued brown trout sporting fall spawning colors. Browns are not the only species coming to net on the rivers, as rainbows remain active. Nymph fishers are reporting good action on the Eagle, Roaring Fork and upper Colorado rivers. No need to be fancy on patterns: old standards such as pheasant tails, prince nymphs, caddis larvae and midges are producing well. Look for the trout to retreat to deeper pools and runs as the temperatures drop.

South Park reservoirs have seen a marked improvement in action recently. Many continue to catch fish on standard baits, especially on the historically favored worm. However, fishers are well advised to pay attention to the surface, and if the fish start rising, a fly and bubble rig will produce fast action.

With the cooling waters, lake trout action has picked up at Granby. Some of the more productive fishers are working drop-offs with sucker-tipped jigs, from 30-90 feet down. Look for the fish to get progressively shallower as we approach ice-up. As they do, it will be a great time to fish large streamer flies or shallow running minnow patterns.

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