Summit County Fishing Report: Look to the rivers for late fall fishing |

Summit County Fishing Report: Look to the rivers for late fall fishing

Dave Coulson
special to the daily

South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir has been fishing well both from the shore and boats. Shore anglers have been doing well with traditional baits, such as eggs and worms, with most fish holding close to shore. Those trolling are doing well with gold spoons, especially with a splash of color. Most fish being caught are rainbows and cutbows.

Another option to consider is the South Platte River below Spinney Reservoir, where the browns and a few kokanee have moved upstream. Just don’t expect to fish alone. Streamers are always a good choice, especially when the traffic is light.

Though the levels are low, those making a late-season run to Jefferson Lake are doing well working peacock nymphs behind a fly and bubble. It’s a good choice on most High Country waters right now, especially in low-light conditions.

Williams Fork Reservoir is very low and fishing is limited to hand-launched, non-motorized watercraft. Work deeper water along drop-offs and steeper slopes with jigs for a good shot at northern pike. There are no reports on kokanee, but they should be showing soon.

Rivers continue to be one of the best choices for anglers, especially those using streamers or minnow-style lures. Work deeper water in an erratic fashion under low-light conditions for best results for larger browns. During the day, nymphs and dry flies have a good chance of success.

The Colorado River from Dotsero upstream has been doing well with large attractor nymphs such as girdle bugs. The Eagle River is also providing good fishing to those willing to wade. Early in the day, look for some solid dry-fly action from blue-winged olives. Consider trying midges and attractor patterns also, such as renegades. Other river options worth trying include the Blue River and the Colorado River near Parshall.

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