Fishing with Bernie: Keep your spoons handy

Dan Shannon
Fishing with Bernie
Trophy lake trout caught on Lake Granby during a recent trip with guide Jake Foos.
Fishing with Bernie/Courtesy photo

Grand Lake

Boat Ramp Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Daily traffic on the lake has started to slow. Fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout has been fair. Kastmasters, flutter spoons and small crankbaits have been producing fish.

Best action has been early and late in the day along the shallow to deep water breaks or in the inlets where water is cooler. Lake trout action has been fair to good depending on the day. Look for the lake trout in 50-100 feet of water, downsize your presentation and pay close attention as these fish bite light! A dark colored head one-fourth to three-eights-ounce with a glow grub tipped with a small piece of fresh sucker has been a great producer lately.

Look for some suspended fish moving through as well and have a spoon handy for the suspended fish when they are around are eager to bite that more active presentation.

Williams Fork

The east boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water capacity is at 98%. With the recent rains inflow has temporarily increased to 203 cubic feet per second, out flow is 115 cfs. Surface temperature is 67 degrees Fahrenheit, warming a degree or two by midday. Visibility is excellent at 12 to 15 feet. I don’t really know if all the recent storm fronts affected the lake trout bite, or if the dog days of summer finally hit, or a combination of both… but the lake trout bite has slowed dramatically from my last report.

Look for all age groups in 70 to 90 feet of water. This last week, brightly colored jigs or tubes tipped with sucker meat and scent fished gently on the bottom produced a bite every 20 to 30 minutes. Small brown trout have been active in the inlet and along the rock cliffs north of the boat ramp early morning. Due to low population density northern pike, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon are slow. Please practice catch and release on all northern pike.

Lake Granby

Boat Ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week with both Stillwater and Sunset ramps open. Water level is dropping and is currently at 95% or approximately 4 feet low. Water temperatures are hovering in the high 60s. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout has been fair. Best action has been in the early evenings until sunset with a slip bobber, either a small atomic tube or piece of worm. Drift this presentation in the current around the inlet creeks or cast and retrieve very slowly along the rocky dam faces.

Some success is also reported by trollers or casting shorelines with pink spinners or spoons. Lake trout action has remained very good. Starting to see some groups of fish who are lure shy, but with a move to another location and plenty of eager fish to bite.

Look for lake trout in 60-90 feet of water. A three-eighths-ounce jig head with a contrasting color head and small natural colored plastic tube, grub or crawfish imitation tipped with sucker has been best producing bait. When dealing with finicky fish, don’t forget your spoons or minnow imitation bait. That change of pace can turn on negative fish.

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