Summit County Fishing Report: ‘Delights of fall fishing’ on horizon |

Summit County Fishing Report: ‘Delights of fall fishing’ on horizon

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 info, visit

The great thing about this time of year is cooler weather is just around the corner, bringing crisp air and the delights of fall fishing. Until then, we’ll just have to accept that fishing has been generally slow, especially during the heat of the day.

Rivers remain low, clear, and warm for the most part. Concentrate your efforts on the early morning hours and evenings.

Good hatches of caddis are available, but this is also a great time of year for terrestrials, beetles, ants, and the all-time favorite grasshoppers.

Releases to the Blue River from Green Mountain Reservoir have been bumped to around 400 cfs, offering good fishing just below the dam and further downstream on the public section of the Colorado River.

There, fly fishing with nymphs has been ideal for plenty of fish, but not many of size. Give standard patterns – such as bead head pheasant tails, prince nymphs and biot midges – a try.

Williams Fork Reservoir has been doing well for northern pike, although most are under 30 inches. Tube jigs, spoons, and minnow-sized lures worked along drop-offs are a good bet right now.

Twin and Turquoise lakes have been fishing decently, with good numbers of rainbows being caught. Those working jigging spoons in deeper waters have been catching a few small lake trout.

The best part is these two waters have seen relatively few folks lately.

Finally, Wolford Reservoir continues to be producing a few kokanee. Most are reporting fish at four colors (20-40 feet) down. The key to lots of fish is locating the first one, then concentrating on the area it was caught.

That’s the fun of fishing among the schools.

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