This middle park fishing report is brought to you by Fishing with Bernie. Lake Granby has been good to excellent for rainbows and browns along the shorelines. Tiny jigs like the Clam drop kick tipped with wax worms in water less then 10'deep should illicit strikes until the sun comes up. Lake trout have started to suspend around the lake. Look for this in 100+ foot of water. The lakers should be suspending 50-70 feet below the ice. Leech flutter spoons, plain janes, marabous and tube jigs should work very well for the next few weeks.
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The ice is holding up great despite the warmer temps last week. The top layer that was slush is now frozen and snow covered, though it is still very bumpy I spots from the old slush. Fishing has been varied from fair to excellent depending on the day. Rainbows and browns are being caught all day long on small spoons like the Clam Leech Flutter Spoon tipped with wax worm between 6' and 20' with the best action being early and late. Work the whole water column fish are being found throughout.
The action at Williams Fork tailed off a bit this week, but is still good some days. Most of the mackinaw have moved slightly deeper and can be found in 40-80 feet of water. The usual baits are still working, including 3" tubes tipped with sucker, leech flutter spoons, and gulp minnows. Early and late day have been providing the best action this week. Rainbows can also be caught early morning in shallow water on various micro jigs as Rat Finkees or tear drop jigs tipped with salmon eggs or meal worms. Pike action has been fair if you hit it on the right day.
Lake Granby, The slush has decided to freeze up again. The lake is very hard and accessible by about any means legal. If your on snow machines this is the time of year to use your scratchers. Rainbows and browns are biting very well on the shorelines in water less then 10' deep. Lake trout are hitting spoons, plastics or bait.
Grand Lake is in typical mid winter fishing pattern with fishing fair to good depending on the day. The ice is holding up well despite the warmer temps, but there is the dreaded slush that is an ever growing problem.
Fishing at Williams Fork has been fair to good depending on the day. Lake trout are still providing the best action in 35-70 feet of water. Most of the fish being caught are in the 12-17” range. Natural color tubes 3” to 3 ½” tipped with sucker meat are drawing the most interest. Gulp minnows, Leech flutter spoons, and various other jigging spoons are also catching a few. You may have to move around a bit to find a good concentration of fish. The big fish bite has been hit or miss lately.
A few rainbows are being caught in shallow water in the
Thanks to everyone that came to fish the 3 Lakes ice fishing contest. By now the fish have settled down and will eat. Lake Granby is fishing very good for all species. Rainbows and browns are being caught in water less then 15 feet deep on small jigs tipped with wax worms. Spoons are a great attractor. Most Lake trout are being caught at 40-70 feet of water. Tube jigs, hair jigs, spoons, and plain jig heads tipped with a small piece of sucker meat are enticing bites.
Williams Fork, The fishing dropped off a bit this week, but there are still plenty of 12-17” lake trout being caught on the