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Summit County Fishing Report: Ice fishing still best bet

Dave Coulson
Special to the Daily

Anglers might be wishing for warm weather and open water, but that’s still a few weeks away.

Still, as the days start producing air temperatures near 40 or higher, look for open-water fishing opportunities on the lower Roaring Fork, lower Colorado and lower White rivers. February and March can offer some great fishing on occasion.

For a fun outing head down to Glenwood and give the rivers a go. Nearby Sylvan Lake has been fishing solid for both brook and rainbow trout. While the fish aren’t large, the action has been solid, with double-digit days possible. Try Swedish pimples tipped with some sort of worm.

For the time being, ice fishing is going to be your best bet — outside of the tailwater fisheries.

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Dillon Reservoir has been producing fairly well for a number of ice fishers. Small jigs tipped with a salmon egg have been effective — white and pink are excellent colors.

Drop them to the bottom, then lift them up a couple of feet. Repeat the motion on occasion. It is more effective than just dead-sticking.

Downstream, Green Mountain Reservoir is a popular destination for many these days and with good reason. Most are seeing solid action — though keep in mind that it’s fishing and not catching. Getting skunked is always a possibility.

Lake trout have been the primary catch, and working drop-offs in water up to 80 feet deep has been an effective tactic. Keep the jigs on the small side, and tip them with a bit of sucker worm or shrimp for maximum effectiveness.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir has 6 inches or better of ice. The trout bite has been solid as of late for those fishing near shore in waters less than 20 feet deep. Small jigs and spoons have been effective; pinks and oranges are good color choices. Keep working those jigs, as the trout have preferred a bit of movement lately.

Of the South Park waters, Antero Reservoir has been getting the best reports, though the action hasn’t been sizzling by any means. With all the recent tournaments and pressure that Antero and Elevenmile have been receiving, there are better fish-catching opportunities elsewhere.

Cottonwood Lake near Buena Vista is very accessible thanks to good road plowing. Be prepared to work a bit as the ice is approaching a couple of feet thick, but the fast action for rainbows makes it an appealing option.

Granby Lake continues to produce good numbers of fish, primarily smallish lake trout, under 24 inches, though a few “trophies” have shown. Please release them if you catch one. They take too long to grow to be only caught once. Eat the smaller, more plentiful fish. White jigs with sucker meat have been a good choice for many.

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

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