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Middle Park area fishing report 4-2-18

Here his your middle park fishing report for the week of Aril 2nd  Spring conditions are upon us, be aware of the ice your on. Look for soft spots and open water.

Grand Lake,  We are still ice fishing!  Spring conditions out there and changing fast, check the ice often and use caution.  Bite has been fair for all species.  The best bite for Rainbows and Browns has been early or late in the day, with Clam Leech Flutter spoons or erratic jigging baits.   Look for lake trout suspended over deeper water 70’-100’, use your Vexilar to find them and small plastics tipped with a piece of sucker meat to entice them to bite. Monarch Lake  (Brook Trout)?? -  For those looking for a hike or a little bit of adventure the higher altitude lakes are still holding ice.  Trails are a mix of snow and mud, snow shoes would help in most spots but are not necessary.  Brook trout were active and chasing aggressively jigged Clam Flutter Spoons and Tungsten Caviar Drop jigs tipped with Maki plastics.  Work the shore lines in 6-10’ of water, move often when not getting bites and jig in the entire water column including just below the ice.     Dan Shannon, Guide for Fishing with berniekeefe@hotmail.com

Williams Fork Fishing Report,  If you like the idea of coming home alive, fish somewhere else this week. There is a strip 2-4 feet wide of open water along the edges of the lake and the ice is rotting quickly. Look for enough open water to fish in a week or two. If you do venture out on the ice, wear bright colors so your body will be easier to find. Tucker Bamford

Lake Granby- We are rapidly moving into spring conditions. Check the ice as you go, be particularly aware of shallow rocks, current and south facing shorelines. Someone seems to "dump" a sled or atv in the lake every year. Rainbows are cruising the shorelines eating small jigs and spoons tipped with wax worms or "Gulp" maggots. Lake trout fishing has been good on most days. Look for fish suspending in the water column and fish them with flutter spoons, power minnows or marabou jigs.  Bernie Keefe has been a fishing guide in the area for over 25 years, for more information please check out his face book page https://www.facebook.com/FishingWithBernie/ or his website http://www.fishingwithbernie.com

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