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Fishing with Bernie: This is one of the best times of year to hook a big one

The Grand County fishing report for the week July 28.

Williams Fork: Surface temp is 65 degrees in the early morning hours and will warm to 70-71 degrees late in the day. Water capacity is 99%, and water clarity is about 10 feet in the main body.

With the high surface temps, Northern Pike are feeding frequently and this is one of the best times of year to hook up with big fish. Northern fishing is slow, but the persistent angler should be able to come up with some follows and possibly get a hit or two.

Work deeper water early morning and shallower water late afternoon. The 15-21 inch lake trout bite is good for a few hours in the morning then drops to random hits later in the morning.

We are catching in 70-100 feet of water with small tubes or grubs tipped with sucker meat. Rainbows are being caught lake wide bottom fishing with power bait, worms or salmon eggs. Casting small spinners or spoons early and late in the day at rises, or working the inlet where the river meets the lake, can be very productive. — Randy H Guide-Fishing with Bernie

Lake Granby: Water temps are in the low 70s and the lake is full. The flow in the inlets has slowed down and so has the trout bites.

There are still rainbows being caught around the shorelines on bait. Earlier or later is better. Rainbows are still cruising the shallow areas looking for bug hatches, and if you see this happening, cast a small spoon to the rise.

Lake trout are being caught in 70-100 feet of water close to an edge. Patience is the key, as groups of fish will come by. Some will bite; some won’t. 

Grand Lake: A few lake trout are still being caught in 50-100 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with sucker meat seem to get the most consistent bite.

The rainbow fishing has gotten tougher, but a few are still being caught trolling the shorelines. 

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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