Grand County Fishing Report: In changing weather, fish keep biting

Lake trout caught by a customer on a trip to the Williams Fork Reservoir. Fishing with Bernie / Courtesy Photo

Big Lake—With the heavy snow that has hit the lake for the past two weeks and spring-like conditions hitting the county a few times a week, a different strategy is in order when planning a trip to Grand Lake. The best entry and exit points are in the main areas of the lake, but the coolest fists have been found away from the community holes. Rainbows are starting to think about moving water again and that means we need to move to where spawning will take place. We suggest concentrating efforts on the river channels and these places. Match the hatches and the crustaceans will produce the best. It’s the time of year to think “natural” when choosing a color. Drop shot soft plastics have been the best bait lately in 2-15 feet of water. The lake trout are definitely preparing for their ice exit pattern and that means there is a hanging bite right now. Jump, fish a lot of water and find those fish. Once you find them, stay planted – you just might have the best dishwashing day yet. Fish those suspenders with something that will grab attention. Spoons have been the best.

Williams fork—Snow and slush have been the experience on the lake lately. If you go be prepared for both and waterproof boots are a necessity. Lake trout fishing for numbers has been good in 40-80 feet of water with small plastics filled with sucker meat or a small tungsten jig with just sucker meat. Pay attention to your rod, these bites are light! As the weather continues to warm, we expect predatory northern pike and lakes to begin to be active in the shallow waters, so don’t be afraid to venture into those deeper parts of the lake and fish shallower.

Lake Granby is currently 41 feet down. Travel on foot or by machine varies depending on location on the lake. Conditions change from snow to slush farther east and away from the boat ramps as you travel. Be prepared for lots of slush and deep snow, have waterproof shoes and a plan for getting out. Fishing has picked up lately, with rainbows congregating at entrance areas and feeding at first light. Small ice flies and tungsten jigs in pink and white work best. For brown trout, find rocks and work on a more aggressive jigging action with a spoon or imitation minnow bait. Lake trout are still found at a variety of depths from 20 to 85 feet. Natural colored plastics such as tubes or sucker tip larvae have been the bait of choice but also have a glowing bait as this seems to trigger most passive fish. The ice still holds, but average temperatures are rising daily and conditions can change quickly as spring approaches. Stay safe when heading out on the ice!

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