Grand County Fishing Report: Lake trout fishing remains strong

Grand County Fishing Report: Lake trout fishing remains strong

Ice fishing fun!
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Great Lake

Conditions at Grand Lake change with each storm that dumps snow on the lake. There are some very good points and there are some very bad points. The easiest access points are outside the swimming beach area and inside the docks in town. Make sure you have a pair of shoes that will tread through the water as mud can range from one inch to about a foot in depth.

Rainbows and browns are still hitting good looking insect imitation jigs in fairly shallow water. When fishing for rainbows and browns, be sure to fish early and stay as calm as possible when you are in less than 10 inches of water. Flipping the jig will increase the bite rate dramatically. The best jigs we have found right now are small CLAM Caviar jigs as well as small ice flies.

Keep an eye on your electronics as there is some very good fishing just below the ice. Lake trout fishing remains very good right now in 50 to 80 feet of water. Look for a bottom that is as flat as possible or at the top of a slope because they like to have a “room with a view.”

Small Simcoe SIFlies are an essential item but don’t ignore a small soft plastic or tube tool. When fishing for lake trout, keep your lures as natural looking as possible. Use smaller jig strokes and hug the bottom. Always use a small piece of meat or skin and load up on the scent. This will greatly increase your odds.

As always, if you are over deeper water, watch for suspended fish on your chart and place your jig 1-2 feet above the marks. This will almost guarantee a strike!

Williams Fork

Lake trout have been caught well in 50-60 feet of water. Small plastic jigs in the 1-3 inch range with absorbent flesh have been catching the most fish. Landings around deep flats were the most productive areas. Staying mobile and moving around the structure was key. The snow has made travel more difficult around the lake and we see some muddy areas.

Lake Granby

Conditions at Lake Granby change almost daily, and snowfall creates some very slushy conditions. This year I’ve found that being tied to weight points and the possibility of having to fish in feet of water/snow/mud isn’t necessary. Study your maps and look for “similarities” in the substructure in areas that may not be currently flooded with mud. As always, make sure you have all the proper equipment and safety supplies.

Rainbows and browns are still biting well throughout the lake. Currently, we are setting up beach structure and fishing around large rock piles. Very small tubes and similar soft plastics get most of the attention. Be sure to add a little meat to the jig and pack it with some scent. I would suggest fishing near sunrise and sunset in shallow water, as water 3-15 feet deep works best.

Lake trout fishing remains very strong. The fish are under much more pressure than they were a few weeks ago, and very particular attention to bait size and color are key factors for success. Use more natural-colored tube jigs for larger fish between 3 and 5 inches in size and fish them near the bottom. Lake trout still smash anything you get in front of their faces. We find these fish starting to move towards deeper waters as spring approaches. The deeper bite seems to provide more sustained action at the moment. Focus your efforts in 50-70 feet of water.

For small lake players, you can’t beat a Simcoe or some walleye covered in a little piece of sucking flesh. The mornings seem to stay strong and start to wind down around 2pm. Follow our Facebook page where we will be releasing some additional information about the new jig we are working on that is powered by the Trokar hook.

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