Grand County fishing report: Tubes, spoons, twisters, bait are getting bit |

Grand County fishing report: Tubes, spoons, twisters, bait are getting bit

By Bernie Keefe
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Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Feb. 3. Most of the bitter cold weather should be giving way to some nicer days so don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses. 

Grand Lake: Conditions on Grand Lake are consistent for this time of year. There are a few pockets of slush, but overall travel is easy on the ice right now.

Fishing has been up and down with the weather. Rainbows and browns are being caught early and late in the day in less than 15 feet of water on small ice flies or jigs tipped with wax worm. Fish are being found in the areas around the inlets.

Lake trout are being found all over the lake in depths from 65-100 feet. Biobait DNA Go tubes in smelt and rainbow trout colors tipped with a small piece of sucker meat has been consistently getting bites. For best results, move often and work the entire water column to find the active fish. Don’t forget about those suspended fish. — Dan Shannon, guide

Lake Granby: We are seeing very little slush. Walkers and ATVs are getting around very well. Rainbows and browns are in the shallows, eating small jigs tipped with wax worms early in the morning.

Look for inside turns and rock to mud transitions. Lake trout are a still eating pretty consistent throughout the day. Tubes, spoons, twisters and bait are all getting bit. Keep moving till you find a group that will eat. 

Williams Fork: The ice is holding right at 10-12 inches thick and depending on the day, the snow on top is averaging 6 inches. Pressure continues to be pretty high, but the fish are still biting well.

Rainbows and browns are being caught up shallow, very early and late in the day. If you plan on fishing for these, drill your holes well before sunrise for the best shot at a nice fish. Small tungsten jigs and spoons like a Clam Caviar or Panfish Leech Flutter spoon have been best. Don’t forget to tip these will a small wax worm for best results.

The lake trout in Williams Fork are averaging 12-18 inches when targeting numbers. The 60-90 foot range has been best with quite a few suspended fish showing themselves in the middle of the column. White has been the best color when selecting a soft plastic and having a very sharp hook is very important.

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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