Fishing with Bernie: Brown trout ready to spawn

Dan Shannon
Fishing with Bernie
A fall Lake Granby trophy lake trout.
Dan Shannon/Fishing with Bernie

Grand Lake

Boat ramp hours are from 6 6 p.m. Rainbow trout action has been improving with the cooler water temperatures. Trolling or casting silver with pink or orange spoons and spinners has been producing fish. Brown trout action has been fair with most fish being caught in the inlet areas or in the streams on small crankbaits.

Lake trout action is fair with fish staging for the approaching spawn. Look for them in 40-65 feet of water. Jigging a variety of spoons and small plastics tipped with sucker has been producing fish with glow colors working better than natural colors.

Williams Fork Reservoir

The east boat ramp hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Water capacity is 93%, or 4.6 feet low. My last trip out the surface temp was 62.7 degrees Fahrenheit and warmed to 66 degrees by midday. Visibility is about 12 feet.

The lake trout bite has been good on keeper size fish, but the big fish are pretty tough to locate. Best depth to fish right now for all age groups is between 80 to 90 feet. Tubes, twisters or paddle tail grubs tipped with sucker meat fished within a few inches of the bottom is getting fish. If the morning bite slows start adding scent and try downsizing your jig. By noon fishing gets slow.

Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout are nearly impossible to catch due to little or no population. Brown trout are getting ready to spawn and have been active in the inlet and rocky areas early morning. Small spinners, suspending or diving jerkbaits are a good choice.

Northern pike are slow, so slow that I rarely see anyone fishing for them. Best chance of hooking up with a pike is early in the morning, late evening or during an approaching front. Please practice catch and release on all northern pike to help preserve this declining resource.

Lake Granby

Boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water level is 92% and dropping, approximately 6 feet from full pool. Water temperatures cooling, low 60s during the mornings warming to mid 60s by the afternoon.

Rainbow trout action has been good. Silver/pink spoons and spinners cast or trolled along the dam faces and around the islands has had good success. Brown trout action has been fair, look for the best brown trout action in the moving water in the creek and inlet areas, an erratically worked spoon or jerkbait will produce bites.

Lake trout action has been fair, fish are in their pre-spawn areas in 45-70 feet of water. Jigging spoons or small dark green and black grubs with a bright pink or chartreuse head have been producing best on most days. Switching up to a glow color if the bite slows has been enticing some additional bites.

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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