Summit County Fishing Report: Reservoirs and rivers offer numerous options
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High Country waters are cooling, with most in the mid-40s. It won’t be long before we start seeing ice forming over shallow areas. Until then, however, anglers can enjoy some excellent trout fishing. One general tip, on the windy days — especially with sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour — don’t stay home. Get out there and find a windblown shore. The fish will stack up close to shore, feeding heavily on what the wind blows in and stirs up. Often the best action will be within 10 feet or less of the water’s edge.
Williams Fork has been fishing fair for trout. The kokanee have been scarce but that could change as the weather cools. Granby has been good for small lake trout in 10 to 40 feet of water, especially around small boulders, rocks and drop-offs. The dikes are also popular. Jigging spoons are a good bet there.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been good for trout, but the pike action has slowed due to recent stockings. This is a good time to try large swim baits for northern pike. Note that the boat ramps close Oct. 31. Tarryall Reservoir is closed to boating, but shore anglers have been doing well, catching smaller trout with Berkley Powerbait, eggs and worms. Don’t hesitate to toss small minnow-style lures, spoons or streamers.
Green Mountain Reservoir has yet to see a good kokanee run, any day. As they seem to be late it could be a very quick run once it starts. Fly-fishers have been enjoying some great evening midge hatches. Small files and a bubble rig retrieved slowly can be as effective as a fly rod. Due to drawdowns the shore is muddy in many areas.
Further downstream Wolford Mountain Reservoir is seeing good kokanee action one day, zero the next as the fish move in and out of the dam area. No snagging please, but a small orange or pink jig under a bobber can be quite effective at times.
Rifle Gap Reservoir is holding more water this year than in years past, which is good for the fish. Fishing has been decent for smaller crappie and perch by vertical jigging. Most fish have been holding in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Rivers continue to fish well using a variety of nymphs in deeper water. On cloudy days be on the lookout for sporadic hatches of blue-wing olives and the ever-present midges. Browns remain aggressive and will often slam a large, gaudy streamer. Low-light conditions and few other anglers are best for this strategy.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for fishexplorer.com.
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