Grand County fishing report: Hit the ice early for best results |

Grand County fishing report: Hit the ice early for best results

By Bernie Keefe
Fishing with Bernie

Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Jan. 5. We hope your holidays were great. Now it’s time to get out on the ice.

Lake Granby: We’ve seen snowmobiles and ATVs out on the frozen lake. Cracks have formed, and are making icy spots, as well as slush in some areas. Be careful. It’s your responsibility to be safe on the ice.

Rainbows are eating small jigs tipped with wax worms early in the morning. Lake trout are eating tubes, trustees and spoons tipped with sucker meat. 

Grand Lake: The lake is holding about 6-10 inches of ice depending where you are. The recent snowstorms have left the top a little bit messy, but pulling a sled remains a good option.

Rainbows and browns are eager to eat a small tungsten jig with a wax or mealworm, as well as a flashy spoon like the Panfish Leech Flutter Spoon by CLAM. These fish are found anywhere in 4-15 feet of water.

The lake trout are spread out, but if you find structure, you will find fish. Fishing in 40-80 feet of water seems best right now. Small tube jigs with a very small piece of sucker has been great. Watch for the suspended fish if you are out over very deep water and present a spoon above these fish as well.

The best bites for all species are happening very early in the morning, so plan on hitting the ice early and good luck.

— Jake Foos, guide 

Williams Fork: Slush spots have already started to show up in areas of the lake due to recent snowfall. Lake trout have been in 30-70 feet of water. Spoons and small plastics have such as tubes and grubs with sucker meat have been the ticket for these fish. Rainbows have been shallow early in the morning over sand.

— Sam Hochevar, guide

 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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