Weekend fishing report
Fishing With Bernie
Williams Fork Fishing Report
Fishing at Williams Fork has been fair to good depending on the day. Lake trout are still providing the best action in 35-70 feet of water. Most of the fish being caught are in the 12-17 inch range. Natural color tubes 3” to 3 ½” tipped with sucker meat are drawing the most interest. Gulp minnows, leech flutter spoons, and various other jigging spoons are also catching a few. You may have to move around a bit to find a good concentration of fish. The big fish bite has been hit or miss lately.
A few rainbows are being caught in shallow water in the mornings with the best action being before 9 a.m. Micro jigs tipped with meal works or salmon eggs are a good bet to catch them. Occasional pike are also being caught in the shallow bays, but pike action has been a bit spotty.
The ice is holding at 12-14 inches in most spots with 4-8 inches of snow on top depending on where you are on the lake. There are still a ton of deer hanging around near the lake, so don’t forget to drink your coffee before driving through Middle Park. Tucker Bamford, Guide Fishing with Bernie
The lake is snow covered and has at least a foot of ice in most places. As usual there is open water and thin ice in the channel area. The bite has slowed from the early season action. For best results fish early and late. Stay mobile until you find the active fish and use those electronics. A variety of depths, locations and lures have been sucessful, but mobility has been they key for all species. Dan Shannon, Guide – Fishing with Bernie
Rainbow and brown trout fishing is great to excellent in water under 6 feet deep. Clam “dingle drop” tungsten jigs tipped with waxies are working very well. Inside turns with rocks near by seem to produce great numbers early, once the sun hits the ice that bite is over. The lake trout are feeding all day. Use electronics to find the fish then switch up colors and profiles until they bite. This latest snow is causing a little bit of slush again.
Bernie Keefe has been a fishing guide in the Middle Park area for over 20 years.
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