Grand County fishing report: Early morning brings best bite |

Grand County fishing report: Early morning brings best bite

An ice fisherman waits for a bite during the Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest on Jan. 25 in Granby. Recent snowfall has created a lot of slush on the ice, but that doesn't have to ruin your fishing trip.
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Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Feb. 17.

We have received another foot of snow in the area this week. This is creating a lot of slush on our lakes, making travel difficult for walkers and some snowmobiles. ATVs are nearly impossible to get around.

William’s Fork: Snow is 1-3 feet deep on the lake and significant slush pockets have formed on the ice. Lake trout 14 to 17 inches are being caught in 40-70 feet of water on small 1-3 inch jigs tipped with sucker meat.

Most of the action is on the bottom, but we have seen groups of lake trout move through suspended as well recently, so keep an eye out for those suspended fish while you are jigging around the bottom.

Rainbows are being caught in 10 feet of water or less in the large bays on the lake and in the inlet area. The best action for the rainbows is early morning first light to around 8 in the morning. Small 1/16th ounce jigs tipped with either wax or meal worms has been producing fish.

Grand Lake: Grand has anywhere from 2-3 feet of snow on the ice, which has created a ton of slush. Every area I have fished on the lake this week has some level of slush on it.

Lake trout are being caught in 25-50 feet of water on small tube jigs — 3.5 inches or smaller — tipped with sucker meat. The rainbow bite has slowed down, but you can still find them cruising in 8 feet of water or less.

Lake Granby: The lake has a couple feet of snow on it combined with deep slush pockets. No ATVs have been seen on the lake lately. Lake trout continue to fish well, while tubes, twisters, spoons and bait are all producing bites. The best bite seems to be around 50-80 feet. Rainbows are cruising the shallows eating anything they see, but the bite is over by 10 a.m.

The fishing report is brought to you by Fishing with Bernie. Bernie Keefe and his team have been fishing guides in Grand County for more than 25 years. For more,

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