Fishing with Bernie: Brown trout ready to spawn

Dan Shannon
Fishing with Bernie
Fall brown trout catch on Lake Granby.
Dan Shannon/Courtesy photo

Grand Lake

Boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fishing for all species has been good. Rainbow trout action is excellent lately around inlet areas, along the rocks by the town docks and by the mouth of the channel leading to Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

Pink and chartreuse spinners, Dynamic HD trout jerkbaits, or for the fly angler try leech and egg patterns. Lake trout action is excellent with the fish at their spawning locations. Spoons, blade baits or dark colored jig heads with glow grub have been producing fish when tipped with a small piece of fresh sucker. Look for fish in 30-50 feet of water. If the fish stop biting, sometimes it takes just small moves (5-10 feet) to find the active fish again.

 Williams Fork Reservoir

The east boat ramp hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The water level is dropping quickly. Current capacity is 90% or 6 feet low. Surface temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, warming to 62 degrees on calm sunny days. With the cold nights and cooler water temperatures the lake trout bite is great until about noon, then the bite slows.

This last week we’ve seen 10-20 fish per rod as the fish are grouping up for spawn. Look for mixed age groups of laker’s in 80-90 feet of water. Most any plastic tipped with sucker meat fished on or near the bottom is producing bites. When the bite slows add your favorite scent and down size your jig body.

Brown trout are colored up and getting ready to spawn. They have been active in the inlet and rocky areas north of the east boat ramp early in the morning. Small spinners, suspending or diving jerkbaits are a good choice. Northern pike, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are slow due to low populations. Please practice catch and release on all northern pike to help preserve the diminishing resource.  

Lake Granby

Boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lake is at 91% full or approximately 7 feet below full. Fall fishing is picking up every day as the water temperatures continue to cool, currently hovering around 60 degrees Fahrenheit depending on time of day. Rainbow trout action has been good in Arapahoe Bay in the campground area. Silver spinners and spoons in one-eighth-ounce to one-quarter-ounce sizes have been working, and size F5 or F7 original floating Rapalas in silver/black or rainbow pattern.

The lake trout action is improving daily as the fish are moving up on their spawning areas. Look for them in 30-55 feet of water, clam extra large flutter spoons or dark colored jig head with a glow body tipped with fresh sucker have been top-producing lures. This lake trout spawn bite should only improve as the water cools, don’t miss out.

The Fishing with Bernie team has been guiding in Grand County for over 25 years. For more info please check out, or our Instagram pages @Fishing_With_Bernie or @FishingWithAltitude.

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