Summit County Fishing Report: Warm weather keeping rivers fishing well |

Summit County Fishing Report: Warm weather keeping rivers fishing well

With the recent fair weather, the lower Eagle River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River around Glenwood Springs are ice free and well worth the drive.

While midges are and will remain the mainstay of winter fishing, any small nymph, size 16 and down, and egg patterns have a good shot at producing a few fish.

Work the deeper runs at this time and don’t be hesitant to add sufficient weight to get the flies down to the bottom.

This is a great time to lose the strike indicator and fish short-line techniques. It should be noted that the whitefish are also active at this time on the Roaring Fork.

Of South Park’s waters, Tarryall Reservoir has the best ice, running upwards of 9 inches.

It goes without saying that tailwaters are great options throughout the winter. While the Blue is closest and most popular, don’t overlook the Park County’s “Dream Stream,” especially midweek, or the less crowded — and chilly — section of the South Platte below Elevenmile Reservoir.

The Snake inlet area of Dillon continues to have 6 inches or better of ice and is attracting large numbers of anglers.

While the fishing remains decent, look for the action to taper off as the crowds grow. Fishing open water or heading to South Park will result in fewer people encounters.

Of the South Park waters, Tarryall Reservoir has the best ice, running upwards of 9 inches. Lots of folks have been fishing it with fair success. A variety of lures and jigs have been working for smaller rainbows.

The pike, however, have been less than cooperative.

Antero and Elevenmile Reservoirs are mostly covered with skim ice, under a couple of inches. Extreme caution is advised. Give these two a couple more weeks.

Nearby Cottonwood Lake has a good ice cap and is fishing well.

Granby Lake remains ice free and is reportedly doing well for lake and brown trout. Minnow-style lures, streamers and spoons are good options for these bruisers.

Nearby Willow Creek has a lot of skim ice and open water with only the channel having 4 to 6 inches of ice. Use caution if you decide to ice it at this time.

A trip westward to Sylvan Lake or even the Grand Mesa are good options for some fast ice-fishing action. With the Grand Mesa, be sure to have either skis or snowshoes and waterproof footwear on hand as those lakes often form a nasty slush layer. Wet feet are always possible.

Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for He writes a weekly fishing report for the Summit Daily.

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