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Summit County Fishing Report: Hit Turquoise Lake to avoid crowds

Dave Coulson
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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

As we move deeper into February look for the river fishing options to pick up, especially on the lower sections of the Colorado River and the lower Roaring Fork in the Glenwood area. Don’t worry about getting an early start, as the rivers typically flow ice until late morning. Once they clear up good fishing can be had until sunset. Now is a good time to dead drift streamers and larger patterns such as brown or black stonefly patterns. Add a dropper 18 inches above, such as a pheasant tail nymph to increase your chances.

South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir continues to see good numbers of anglers, and surprisingly the action has picked up from a couple weeks ago. If you’re thinking about going consider an extension for your auger, preferably powered, as the ice is approaching 30 inches in some areas. No need to fish over deep water as most fish are being caught shallow, less than 10 feet deep. Gold Kastmasters, small tear drops in red, orange or chartreuse have been doing well. Consider fishing two rods, dead sticking one, while working the other.

Turquoise Lake has close to 18 inches of ice with a thick snow layer and slush under it. So wear waterproof footwear. Fishing has been steady for most anglers, and the traffic is light making this a good alternate to the heavily fished South Park waters.

Williams Fork Reservoir action has slowed a bit but continues to produce fair numbers of rainbows in shallower waters, less than 20 ft. Deeper water fished with bigger fair, such as 3-inch white tube jigs, is likely to produce a few lake trout. Similar tactics shallow, or a dead sticked small sucker could produce a water wolf, aka northern pike.

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