Summit County Fishing Report: Fishing opportunities abound |

Summit County Fishing Report: Fishing opportunities abound

Thanks in part to plenty of water in most of our reservoirs, we’re not yet experiencing the “dog days of summer” this season, and we may not.

Nearby Montgomery Reservoir is one of many waters that are fishing very well. Trout fishing has been great, with worms fished under a float working very well.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir continues to produce good numbers of kokanee, though the fish are generally smallish — between 12 and 15 inches. The fish have been holding in the upper 40 feet of water and any number of pink or orange lures — such as squids, wedding rings or Dick Nites — have been producing. Troll them behind a dodger or pop gear for the best results. Fish early or late before the skiers hit the water, as their presence seems to kill the bite.

Williams Fork Reservoir continues to fill and has excellent clarity. The fishing has been fair. If you go, know the fish aren’t the only things biting, as the flies have been out in full force.

Of the South Park area waters, Tarryall and Jefferson reservoirs have been seeing the best action, primarily for smaller rainbows. Fly-fishers have been doing well with woolly buggers, ants and gold-ribbed hare’s ears. Damsel flies are starting to show up in good numbers — a good choice midday when there are a few jumping fish and no obvious hatch. This is true for many High Country waters at this time.

Granby Lake is in great shape with plenty of water and great clarity. Lake trout are still being taken with jigs worked in 50 to 100 feet near drop-offs and ledges. Electronics and a good map make finding fish easier. If lake trout aren’t your quarry, nearby Willow Creek offers faster action for rainbows.

The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir has seen a major drop in flows, making the fish easy to spot but not necessarily to catch. Mysis shrimp, RS2’s, caddis larvae, San Juan worms and midges will produce a few fish. Expect large crowds during the day; fish early midweek for the best action.

The Eagle River is seeing a pickup in terrestrial action, notably hoppers. Now is a great time to use them and consider using a caddis larva, midge or mayfly nymph as a dropper to double your fun.

There are still caddis hatches coming off as well as the occasional mayfly or midge hatch.

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

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