Summit County Fishing Report: Enjoy fall colors from waders in riverbed, on water’s edge |

Summit County Fishing Report: Enjoy fall colors from waders in riverbed, on water’s edge

Fall is always a great time to fish. Hungry fish, few anglers, delightful weather, outstanding scenery with fall colors – these are but a few reasons to hit the water.

So rather than ask whether to go fishing, folks should be asking where to go.

Rivers remain an excellent option, as all are running low and clear. The Blue River in Silverthorne holds a good number of fish. Though catchable, it’s technical, and is demanding anglers use light tippets 6X and finer with small midges size 20 and smaller.

Below town, at Green Mountain Reservoir, look for some good terrestrial action. Hopper/dropper rigs are a good bet right now.

The Eagle River from the confluence of Gore Creek down to the Colorado is also a great place to explore. Caddis and terrestrials, especially ants, are good in the evenings. During the day, any number of nymphs, such as juju beaetis, soft hackles, pheasant tails and caddis are producing.

Stillwater opportunities are also plentiful right now. The Twin Lakes south of Leadville are down quite a bit, making launching boats somewhat challenging. However, the canal between the upper and lower lakes is still navigable. The best action has been working a fly and bubble during low-light hours.

Grand Lake is difficult to beat for its scenic beauty, so even if the fishing is a bit slow, it’s worth the drive. The lake trout are moving up slightly and being caught in water 30-60 feet deep. Tube jigs tipped with sucker meat is the best bet right now.

If action is slow, consider heading downstream to Granby Reservoir. A lot of smaller lake trout can be found off the dikes this time of year. Shore anglers often do well with heavy spoons and Kastmasters.

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

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