Grand County fishing report: Sucker meat a must on Williams Fork

Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Jan. 13 The ice seems to be growing, the fish are biting, and the 3 Lakes ice fishing contest is right around the corner.

Williams Fork: Lake trout have been in 40-70 feet of water. Bite has been tough of late, making sucker meat a must most days. Fish are being caught on spoons and small plastics in the 1-4 inch range. Larger baits can be a good way to weed out the super small fish. Rainbows have been in 3-7 feet of water. The bite is best from first light until the sun hits the ice, and then it dies off pretty quick.

— Sam Hochevar, guide

Grand Lake: Ice season is in full swing on Grand Lake. The lake has 10-plus inches of ice with open water in the typical areas in front of canal to Shadow Mountain Reservoir, as well as the northeast corner by the inlet of the Adams Tunnel. Use caution when venturing near the open water. Also, the pond hockey rinks in front of the swim beach area are up, so this area is bit congested if trying to fish here.

Conditions are great for walking and pulling a sled, as there are not too many areas of slush. Fishing has been average, but we’re still finding rainbows and browns up shallow in the low light hours. Small spoons, such as the Pinhead Mino tipped with wax worm or small jig, should produce.

Lake trout are being caught in 40-70 feet of water. Small tube jigs, grubs or minnow imitations tipped with small piece of sucker worked on the bottom will produce. The key on the lake trout is being mobile and finding the areas they concentrate in that day.

— Dan Shannon, guide

Lake Granby: There is very little slush on Lake Granby. However, there are areas of very slick ice on the lake. Be careful traveling over these areas. Rainbows are eating small jigs tipped with wax worms in 3-8 feet of water. That bite dies off when the sun hits the ice. Lake trout have been active most of the day. Tubes, twisters, spoons and bait have all been successful. Fishing in 40-80 feet of water has been very good.

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