Summit County Fishing Report: Fall continues with great weather, fair fishing |

Summit County Fishing Report: Fall continues with great weather, fair fishing

Fall continues to dish up outstanding fishing weather, mild temperatures and little wind. To top it off, excellent catching opportunities continue to exist. The only downside is that warmer weather hasn’t been conducive for the kokanee runs. Green Mountain Reservoir is typical, with lots of folks fishing but very few fish being caught. Same is true for the Blue River between Dillon and Green Mountain. When things turn on it will likely be a very quick run.

Meanwhile South Park waters are a good option. The South Platte “Dream Stream” is seeing a few kokanee and a number of decent browns. Know these are heavily pressured fish, so don’t expect them to be cooperative. Streamers have been among the more productive patterns.

Eleven Mile Reservoir has been producing fair for those trolling. Cowbells with a worm harness are good choices, though smaller spoons or flies will also produce. Don’t hesitate to work lures without all the hardware. It makes for a more enjoyable fight when you hook up.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been decent early in the day when trolling minnow-style lures. Work the dropoffs and weed lines for a good shot at pike. Don’t hesitate to go to large lures if pike are your target fish. Shore fishers are picking up a few on flies, especially streamers.

Tarryall Reservoir continues to be the best bet for fast action, although most of the fish will be under 12 inches. A wide variety of lures, flies and baits are working, so start with your favorite confidence pattern and change up if it doesn’t quickly produce.

Jefferson Lake continues to be accessible and water levels are good so it’s easy to launch small boats. Lake trout are active in water depths from near surface down to 40 feet or so. Work rocky areas as the fish are still in spawn mode. Jigs, preferably tipped, and heavy jigging spoons such as kastmasters are good choices.

Granby Lake is another option if you’re looking for a few fish. Lakers will be found off the dikes and rocky dropoffs. Trolling for trout with flies and spoons is also productive.

The Blue below Dillon is low, clear and fishing decently. Nothing new, midges are going to be your best choice when the sun is on the water. During low-light conditions look for some dry-fly action, primarily midges and blue-winged olives.

Farther away, both the Eagle and Colorado rivers are running clear and fishing well. Streamers early and late in the day will work for the browns. During the day, especially when it’s bright, work the deeper runs with small nymphs. A variety of patterns has been working. Size is more important than actual pattern: size 16 and down for the Eagle; the Colorado will produce with larger patterns.

Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for He contributes weekly fishing report for the Summit Daily News.

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