Slush makes travel tough on the ice
Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Feb. 11. Last week we received over 2 feet of snow. This is creating a lot of slush on our lakes and making travel difficult for walkers and some snowmobiles. ATVs are nearly impossible to get around.
Grand Lake: The latest snow has made it difficult to cover a lot of water, especially for the fishermen who are limited by foot access. The slush is becoming somewhat of a major factor and is testing a lot of anglers. Right now is a great time to study a map and plan out a day that you are comfortable with and keeps you able to hit a couple of key areas where you think the fish are biting.
Rainbows and browns continue to eat small jigs, tipped wax worms and spikes, and small pieces of sucker meat continue to produce the best results. Plan on fishing very early in the day for the best results. Drilling before the sun comes up should be considered and the bite generally tapers off by 9 a.m. or so. Suggested jigs are the CLAM caviar, drop kick and the maggot drop.
The lake trout bite has been a little bit sporadic but plenty of fish are still being caught. The fish are running a little bit deeper than they were during first ice. Keep your eyes on your fish finders because there are quite a few fish coming in suspended. The 70-100 foot of water zones continue to produce. Spoons and small tube jigs tipped with sucker meat have been the best producers as of late.
Good luck and stay safe. Don’t forget to stay hydrated as you will be burning a lot of calories with the current conditions. — Jake Foos, guide
Williams Fork: Lake trout ranging from 14-17 inches are being caught in 40-70 feet of water. Keep moving around structure in these depths until you find the concentration of fish. Small plastics and spoons tipped with sucker meat have produced most of the fish. It has snowed 2 feet or more in the last week so expect slush and very difficult walking conditions.
Lake Granby: The lake trout are fishing very well. Target 50-100 feet of water using tube jigs, twisters, spoons and plastic leeches, all tipped with a small piece of sucker meat. Pay close attention to your rod tip for bites. Rainbows and browns are in 3-10 feet of water, so try inside turns and the back of bays. Small jigs tipped with wax worms are getting bit until around 9 a.m.
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, http://www.FishingWithBernie.com.
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