Middle Park fishing report for 2-14-2017

Lake Granby, The slush has decided to freeze up again. The lake is very hard and accessible by about any means legal. If your on snow machines this is the time of year to use your scratchers. Rainbows and browns are biting very well on the shorelines in water less then 10' deep. Lake trout are hitting spoons, plastics or bait.

Grand Lake is in typical mid winter fishing pattern with fishing fair to good depending on the day.  The ice is holding up well despite the warmer temps, but there is the dreaded slush that is an ever growing problem.  Lake trout are being caught between 40 and 80 feet of water, just have to stay mobile to find the active fish. Rainbows and browns can be caught all day, start shallow early and move deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky, then opposite as the day moves along.  The weather has been spectacular and the views from the ice nothing short of breathless, Get out and enjoy! Dan Shannon, Guide – Fishing with Bernie

The fishing at Williams Fork has been good overall. Lake trout are still providing the best action. The most productive depth for numbers of fish has been 50-70 feet most days, but a few fish are being caught shallower. Make sure to move around if you don’t find fish right away. Tube jigs 3 to 3.5 inches in various colors have been the best producers as usual. Some fish are eating smaller baits like Gulp minnows and Leech Flutter Spoons. The big-fish bite has been hit or miss lately, but a few lucky anglers are finding one now and then.

Action for rainbows has been fair to good early in the mornings in shallow water, using typical micro jigs and other small baits. Pike action has been spotty, but folks are catching a few, also in the shallow bays.

The warm weather this week melted most of the snow that was on top of the ice, so the shoreline is very slushy, and there are a few slush patches further out from shore too. The ice thickness is still 12-14” on most of the lake. There is more sweatshirt weather on the way, so stay tuned for updates.

Bernie Keefe has been a fishing guide in the Granby area for over 20 years