Summit County Fishing Report: Warming waters may mean ‘big’ fishing |

Summit County Fishing Report: Warming waters may mean ‘big’ fishing

Dave Coulson

Look for the rivers to continue to open up over the next few weeks. Spring fishing before runoff can be some of the best “big fish” angling of the year. Most of the fish will be concentrated in the deeper runs. Small fare may be a good choice, but also consider fishing small stones, especially brown.

Ice fishing will remain good through March on most High Country waters. Green Mountain Reservoir continues to produce good numbers of smaller lake trout. However, an occasional lunker can be found. Deeper water, jigs and sucker meat are the mainstay.

Further down the road, Wolford Mountain Reservoir has 12-15 inches of ice and several inches of heavily crusted snow. Morning has proven to be best. Look for fish to be shallow, as depth is proving to be more important than actual choice of lure.

Williams Fork Reservoir continues to sport more than a foot of ice and also has a slush layer on top, so waterproof footwear is recommended. Pike fishing near shore has been slow. It’s better to fish deeper water for lake trout, which have been providing some steady action.

Another good lake trout water has been Granby Reservoir. The key has been to downsize the jigs from large tubes to 2-3 inch sizes. Though sucker is good to tip them, night crawlers have also been producing well. If your holes don’t produce in 30 minutes or so, move. That will produce more fish than constantly changing lures.

South Park’s reservoirs continue to draw good numbers of anglers. Eleven Mile, Antero and Tarryall are all producing to a limited extent. Again, finding shallow areas under 20 feet and fishing areas that don’t look like Swiss cheese will increase your chances.

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