Summit County Fishing Report: Ice fishing season getting rolling |

Summit County Fishing Report: Ice fishing season getting rolling

Dave Coulson
Special to the Daily
The ice fishing shelter can comfortably house four anglers and provides significant relief from the cold-weather elements.
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Ice fishing season is here. While not all waters are iced over, enough are to provide a number of hard-water opportunities. But be cautious. Just because others are out on the ice or there’s a full coating, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Ice conditions and thickness can change within a few feet.

It’s best to fish with a buddy and have a throw rope on hand, especially at this time of year. Anglers should remember to check ice thickness regularly. It’s also a good idea to carry ice picks around your neck, have a change of clothing along and consider wearing a personal flotation device on early ice.

The inlet areas of Dillon are reporting as much as 6 inches of ice in places. Consequently, the Snake River area is seeing good numbers of anglers chasing kokanee and trout. The action on the salmon has been solid using small tube jigs and kastmaster lures.

Nearby Officers Gulch Pond has several inches of ice that’s spreading. The popping and cracking is nerve-racking for most. Cleats are advised as the ice is slick. Good numbers of small brookies and a few rainbows are being caught.

Green Mountain Reservoir is mostly open, but there is some ice at the inlet. Further downstream Wolford Mountain Reservoir is open, and fishing has been decent for kokanee, which are spawned out and in poor condition for the most part. There has also been the occasional rainbow.

Open water can be found in the Granby area, though Willow Creek Reservoir is showing a lot of skim ice. Give this one another week or two before trying to ice it.

South Park’s Tarryall is capped and reportedly has 5 inches of ice. Rainbows are biting well on small ice jigs tipped with a mealworm. No reports of pike. Eleven Mile Reservoir is still open, though there is some ice showing in the shallow coves. Antero Reservoir has a thin coat of ice, up to 4 inches in some places. A number of anglers have been fishing with good success, but be cautious.

Spinney Mountain still has open water, but that won’t last much longer.

The Blue River below Dillon is low, clear and fishing well with midge larva, blue-wing olive nymphs and egg patterns. Dry-fly action has been spotty at best. The Eagle River continues to have open water and is fishing decent in the afternoons. Look for flowing ice early in the day. Farther downstream in Glenwood, the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers both are fishing solid. Streamers are a good option early and late. Nymph fish is the best bet the rest of the time.

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

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