Fishing with Bernie: Fishing is improving with lower water temperatures

Dan Shannon
Fishing with Bernie
Williams Fork Reservoir trophy lake trout and a happy angler.
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Grand Lake

Boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fishing for all species is improving as the water temperatures are dropping. Rainbow trout and brown trout action has been good along the shallow shorelines and main lake breaks into deep water. Small jerkbaits and spoons worked erratically will produce bites.

Lake trout are moving up towards their spawning structure. Look for them in 30-50 feet of water. Spoons, jigging raps and blade baits tipped with a small piece of sucker have been our go to baits.

Williams Fork

The east boat ramp has new hours for the remainder of the season, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Water capacity is 95%, just over 3 feet low. The surface temperature is cooling down, it’s been running 63-64 Fahrenheit in early the early mornings and warms up to 66 degrees Fahrenheit on calm sunny days. A couple more weeks of cool nights and we’ll be into a great fall bite.

The lake trout bite has been picking up. The last few trips out clients could easily put 20-30-inch “catch your limit” size fish in the boat, but trophy class fish are pretty tough to find right now. Mixed age groups can be found in 80-90 feet of water.

Currently we’re using tubes with natural colors or twister/paddle tail grubs tipped with sucker meat and scent fished gently within a few inches of the bottom. The fish are belly down on the bottom which makes it tough to locate a group of fish, but if you find one that’s up… there’s more nearby.

By noon the bite gets pretty slow until late afternoon. Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout are slow due to a low population of both species, they haven’t been stocked since 2019. Northern pike are also slow due to a declining population. The last couple of weeks I haven’t seen anyone fishing for them. Best chance of hooking up on a pike is during an approaching storm or low light conditions with choppy water. Please practice catch and release on all northern pike to help preserve this diminishing resource.

Brown trout have been active early morning in the inlet near where the river meets the lake, and along the rocky cliffs north of the east boat ramp. Small spinners, count down or suspending jerkbaits have been producing a few fish.

Lake Granby

Boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rainbow trout action has been improving as the water temperatures are dropping. Flashy silver-colored spoons and spinners worked along the rocky shorelines and around the islands have been a good pattern.

Lake trout action has slowed a bit as they start moving towards their spawning locations but should pick up with the dropping water temperature. Look for them in 50-70 feet of water along the main lake channels. Spoons and plastic grubs in dark colors tipped with sucker meat have been the most consistent baits.

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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