Spawn is getting closer and fish are starting to turn |

Spawn is getting closer and fish are starting to turn

Bernie Keefe
Fishing with Bernie

Here is your Grand County fishing report for the week of Sept. 16. The spawn is getting closer and the fish are starting to turn into their spawning colors.

Williams Fork: Surface temp is 60 degrees. Water capacity is 92% and dropping. Water clarity is 10 to 15 feet. Ramp hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Lake Trout under 21 inches are hitting small grubs or tubes tipped with sucker meat in 80 to 100 foot.

Bites are very light so keep your line tight to detect the hit. If you master the light bite, one should be able to easily limit. Bank fishing for rainbows is slow but some are being caught lake wide on worms or power bait. Casting to rises early and late in the day may produce some hits. Northern pike are starting to move shallower, but fishing for them is slow. Kokanee are slow due to low population. — Randy H Guide

Grand Lake: Surface temp is 60 degrees depending on the time of day. The rainbow and brown bite is getting better by the week. Casting and trolling spoons, jerkbaits and flies are taking fish right now very early and late in the day. Try to fish during the low light times of the day for the best success. Lake trout are on structure and eager to take a perfectly presented tube jig. The most willing fish can be found in 50-80 feet right now. Please keep in mind that after Sept. 9, the new boat ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Jake Foos

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Lake Granby: Rainbows and a few salmon are showing up in Columbine Bay. Fish very early or very late in the day for the best bite. Browns are starting to spawn, fishing late at night with floating crank baits is very good. Lake trout are moving to their spawning areas, it will probably be a couple more weeks before that bite starts.

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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