Summit County Fishing Report: Fall offers plenty of options for anglers |

Summit County Fishing Report: Fall offers plenty of options for anglers

Mark Weitzman, of California, tries out fly-fishing for the first time in the Eagle River earlier this summer. Less crowds and cooler temperatures will mean great fall fishing the next couple weeks.
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Labor Day weekend is behind us, but summer doesn’t officially end until Monday, Sept. 22. While many folks soon will be putting away the rods for football, hunting or any of the other fall activities, consider waiting until the snow flies before giving up on fishing.

As the weather cools, the fish put on the feed bag and some of the year’s best fishing will occur over the next couple of months.

South Park’s Tarryall Reservoir has been producing good numbers of rainbows on a variety of baits, lures and flies. While they may not offer much in the way of size, the action is good. Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been doing well for folks trolling minnow-style lures, such as Rapalas. Flies are another good option, especially in the evening.

Nearby Dillon Reservoir has been fishing very slowly for most folks. A good tactic during the day is to work the shorelines with streamers, such as woolly buggers or spin fishers. Marabou jigs may also be worth a try. Working the shoreline typically produces at least a few browns during the day.

Officers Gulch Pond is a better choice for decent action, especially during low light conditions when the fish key on midge hatches. Most fish there are smaller brook trout and stocked rainbows.

The Blue River flows are low below Dillon Reservoir. With the heavy pressure, the fish are difficult to catch. Small midge patterns and light tippets are good options. Fishing during the week — when there is less competition — is your best bet at this time. Downstream, Green Mountain Reservoir is producing a few browns.

Rivers remain prime thanks to better-than-average flows this year. The Eagle continues to provide good dry-fly action with caddis, mayfly and terrestrial patterns. The hopper-dropper rig is an excellent choice as well.

Anglers will also find good fishing on the Colorado River upstream from Dotsero. The water clarity is a couple of feet, barring rain. Now is a good time to fish dries. Look for fish throughout the river.

No matter your choice of water, fewer anglers, clear waters and aggressive fish make the next few weeks a great time to wet a line.

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

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