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Summer fishing opportunities abound in Middle Park area

By Bernie Keefe Master Angler | For Sky-Hi News

Our summer season seems to start with Memorial day weekend. The fishing is generally good to awesome. The rivers are generally high but if they are clear it is a great time to throw minnow imitating baits like streamers or crank baits. Look for the fish to be hiding behind or in front of rocks, trees or near the bank. (anything that disrupts the current and causes an eddy. If your looking for calmer water the lakes and reservoirs in the area will be fishing great. Fishermen along the banks will do well with night crawlers and powerbait fished on the bottom. Bank walkers can cast a variety of spoons, soft plastics or anything else that imitates crawdads or minnows. Make sure to cast parallel to the bank as well as to the depths. The water is still cold and a lot of fish will be in very shallow water. Fishing is generally best during lowlight periods.

Around mid June lake trout have pulled away from the banks, browns and rainbows are still within casting distance.  Northern Pike at Williams Fork reservior will be inhabiting the shallow water areas and will attack lures worked in front of them. Minnow baits and top water baits are great options. By late June the lakes in the high country are starting to open up. Fishing can be incredible for those willing to hike up the mountains. Be prepared for deep snow and wet conditions.  A variety of lures will work in these lakes.

July brings warm weather and receding rivers. The bug hatches will be going crazy during the evenings. We generally eat an early dinner and arrive to the river at 6 pm. The lakes will have some great hatches also. Look in the shallow bays for rising fish (they can be in very shallow water) and cast flies or small spoons to the rises. An accurate cast to a rise will produce some rainbows and an occasional brown trout. The trails to the high country lakes will be opening up and the walk will be a lot easier then in June. Small black ants and a variety of spoons will catch brook trout.

The rivers in August will have dropped and the fishing will be very consistent. Matching the hatch, delicate casts and careful wading will provide some great fishing. The rainbows in the reservoirs will still be catchable in the mornings and evenings. Try getting up early and taking a stroll down a bank casting spoons, catch a couple rainbows. Then go have a nice breakfast. The high country lakes will be fishing great and the nights will be very tolerant for sleeping in a tent. August is a great time to spend the night along tree line watching the stars.

September brings on the fall bite, spawning fish and less crowds. If your thinking of a great fishing vacation September and October is an awesome time. Browns and brook trout start their rituals first. Lake trout and salmon follow. Inlets, dikes, rocky windswept shorelines and gravel shoal all host these fish. If your river fishing please be careful not to step in the spawning areas. Our summer season seems to start with Memorial day weekend. The fishing is generally good to awesome. The rivers are generally high but if they are clear it is a great time to throw minnow imitating baits like streamers or crank baits. Look for the fish to be hiding behind or in front of rocks, trees or near the bank. (anything that disrupts the current and causes an eddy. If your looking for calmer water the lakes and reservoirs in the area will be fishing great. Fishermen along the banks will do well with night crawlers and powerbait fished on the bottom. Bank walkers can cast a variety of spoons, soft plastics or anything else that imitates crawdads or minnows. Make sure to cast parallel to the bank as well as to the depths. The water is still cold and a lot of fish will be in very shallow water. Fishing is generally best during lowlight periods. Around mid June lake trout have pulled away from the banks, browns and rainbows are still within casting distance. Northern Pike at Williams Fork reservior will be inhabiting the shallow water areas and will attack lures worked in front of them. Minnow baits and top water baits are great options. By late June the lakes in the high country are starting to open up. Fishing can be incredible for those willing to hike up the mountains. Be prepared for deep snow and wet conditions. A variety of lures will work in these lakes. July brings warm weather and receding rivers. The bug hatches will be going crazy during the evenings. We generally eat an early dinner and arrive to the river at 6 pm. The lakes will have some great hatches also. Look in the shallow bays for rising fish (they can be in very shallow water) and cast flies or small spoons to the rises. An accurate cast to a rise will produce some rainbows and an occasional brown trout. The trails to the high country lakes will be opening up and the walk will be a lot easier then in June. Small black ants and a variety of spoons will catch brook trout. The rivers in August will have dropped and the fishing will be very consistent. Matching the hatch, delicate casts and careful wading will provide some great fishing. The rainbows in the reservoirs will still be catchable in the mornings and evenings. Try getting up early and taking a stroll down a bank casting spoons, catch a couple rainbows. Then go have a nice breakfast. The high country lakes will be fishing great and the nights will be very tolerant for sleeping in a tent. August is a great time to spend the night along tree line watching the stars. September brings on the fall bite, spawning fish and less crowds. If your thinking of a great fishing vacation September and October is an awesome time. Browns and brook trout start their rituals first. Lake trout and salmon follow. Inlets, dikes, rocky windswept shorelines and gravel shoal all host these fish. If your river fishing please be careful not to step in the spawning areas.

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