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Summit County Fishing Report: Ice fishing words to the wise

Dave Coulson

Ice fishing words to the wise, Dillon Reservoir is an excellent option for a little local fishing. Sporting more than a foot of ice and several inches of snow, anglers should consider using skis or snowshoes to fish areas any distance from the parking areas.

Those willing to move away from the Swiss cheese area (lots of holes), will find decent fishing. No need to fish water more than 20 feet deep, though. Keep it simple, try small ice jigs tipped with a waxworm and work from the bottom to just below the ice.

Downriver, Green Mountain Reservoir also has more than a foot of ice. Here, lake trout remain the most popular quarry. Anglers working deeper water – up to 100 feet with white glow jigs tipped with sucker meat – are picking up decent numbers of fish about 20 inches or so, which is excellent eating size.

Don’t be married to the bottom, however. Many anglers have noticed suspended fish on their electronics. If you don’t have a flasher, then vary your depth and move frequently if you’re not catching.

Toward Granby, Willow Creek Reservoir is producing good numbers of small kokanee and rainbows. For the kokanee, fish in deeper water, to 60 feet, but expect the fish to be with the plankton layer at 20-30 feet down. Small, bright jigs in reds, oranges or chartreuse are good choices.

When you tire of catching at Willow Creek, head over to Granby Reservoir and try for lake trout. The ice is thick, approaching two feet. Sucker-tipped jigs will produce if you keep on the move and work deeper waters. Most fish will be small, just a few longer than 30 inches have been caught this season.

– 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

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