Here is your middle park area fishing report for the week of August 1st.
Williams Fork's surface temps remain at 66 in the morning warming to the low 70 by late afternoon. The Lake trout bite is fair to good. We are having success vertical jigging with grubs and rubber minnows tipped with sucker meat between 90 to 120 foot. Use your sonar to find fish, work the spot then move. Fishing from shore is generally slow but some anglers are catching a few Rainbows bottom fishing with power bait or worms. Rainbows are hitting spinners at the inlet, and in the submerged lake bed river channel.Kokanee trolling is slow but some trollers are getting small numbers of 16" to 19" fish at 30 to 40 foot.Large Northern Pike have have moved to deeper cooler water. They will work into shallow water during storms or low light periods. Pike bite is hit and miss. When you find a hungry fish you'll get a hit, it really doesn't matter what type of lure you are using. Your best chances are on low light windy days and near sunset. Randy Hall - Guide, Fishing with Bernie
Grand Lake's water temp remains in the mid 60’s with good clarity of approximately 8’. Fishing for Rainbows and browns both from shore and the boat remains steady, with best areas to fish being close to the inlets early in the day. Worms and a slip bobber or small Rapala X-raps worked with long pauses have been getting bites. Lake trout remain in their mid summer haunts in depths between 50-110’. Move to find the active fish, they seem to be in different spots daily. Spoons like the Leech Flutter Spoon by Clam and Reelbait Plane Jane spoons tipped with a small piece of sucker have been the baits to fish for lake trout. Dan Shannon, Guide – Fishing with Berniekeefe@hotmail.com
Lake Granby's water temp is reaching the low 70's in the afternoon. Lake trout fishing is fair. Fish are being caught 50-110' deep. Tube jigs tipped with sucker meat, Reelbait slab spoons and Gulp shrimp are all accounting for fish. Trollers are doing well with spoons. Rainbow fishing just got a little help from the CDOW, they just stocked the lake with a truck load of catchable. Power bait and worms will catch these fish. Look for rising fish in the evenings and cast small spoons to them. Trollers are catching rainbows on spoons and small crank baits.
Mornings have been a great time to get out on the water. Afternoon storms have been rolling through, the weather has been getting nice again in the evenings. Eat an early dinner and get out to enjoy the fishing or the animals heading out in the meadows around dark.
Bernie Keefe has been a fishing guide in the middle park area for over 25 years