Summit County Fishing Report: Rivers fishing well, kokanee still scarce |

Summit County Fishing Report: Rivers fishing well, kokanee still scarce

Fall river fishing continues to be outstanding. With the cooling waters it’s often best to wait until the sun has hit the rivers and things have warmed a bit — good for the fish, good for the angler.

The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is low and clear and fishing well at this time. Midges are the primary patterns, but be on the lookout for a few blue-winged olives coming off. The nice thing is the crowds have declined somewhat — especially during the week — making this a great time to fish this popular section.

Nearby Gore Creek is crystal clear and fishing great. A dry fly with a short dropper and a small midge pattern is just the ticket. Keep in mind that stealth is in order as the fish are skittish.

Downstream the Eagle River is prime, and streamers have been the ticket as of late. Try an initial dead drift followed by a swing to double your chances of success. Nymphing with basic midge and mayfly patterns has also been effective.

The Colorado River is also running clear and fishing well, especially the upper sections. Stonefly nymphs, including things like griddle bugs, are working. Larger sizes of the old standbys, such as princes, pheasant tails and streamers, are also doing well. Look for blue-winged olive hatches and don’t hesitate to fish attractors such as renegades and Wulffs when working dry flies.

Green Mountain Reservoir has yet to see the kokanee running. A good cold snap will likely get things going. However, it’s worth the trip up there to check things out as the trout have been active and taking a variety of lures. Fly-fishers would do well to work a sinking line and streamers.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir continues to produce a few kokanee for those trolling, but that’s over as the boat inspection closed Oct. 15. Shore fishers are picking up a few trout. The kokanee have not been cooperative. Look for that to change over the next couple weeks. Just expect lots of company, especially on weekends.

Williams Fork Reservoir is nice and clear and has cooled into the 50s. Those trolling small spoons shallow have been doing well for trout. Pike anglers will do best later in the day after the waters warm a bit. Concentrate on areas with good transition from shallow to deep water for the pike. Large jigs are a good option.

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

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