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Fishing with Bernie: Kokanee trolling slow at best

Bernie Keefe
Fishing with Bernie

The Grand County fishing report for the week of Aug. 18.

Williams Fork: Surface temp is 66 degrees early in the morning and warms to low 70s on a sunny day. Water capacity is holding at 99%. Water clarity is about 10 feet. The lake trout bite has slowed down, but with a bit of patience, working a small grub or tube tipped with sucker meat within in a few inches of the bottom should produce limits in 80-100 feet of water.

Rainbow fishing has also slowed. Shore fishermen bottom fishing with power bait, worms or salmon eggs are landing a few fish. Casting to rises with small spinners or fly and bubble early and late in the day will produce some strikes.

The inlet can be very productive on small rainbows. Northern pike remain slow. I’m not sure if it’s due to an abundance of food, a lack of population — or both. Best bets are first light and late PM. Kokanee trolling is very slow at best. — Randy H Guide

Grand Lake: The fishing is fair for lake trout. Jigs either on the bottom or targeting specific fish suspended are working well. Rainbows are being caught early and late by the inlets.

Lake Granby: Fishing for lake trout is good, especially at 70-100 feet depth. White tubes, spoons and hair jigs tipped with sucker meat are getting bit. Rainbows have gotten tougher, but bait on the bottom is still catching a few.

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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