Fishing Report for Dec. 14
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Upper Blue Valley Region
Ice on the snake river inlet at Dillon has continued to developed and fisherman have are still catching
Kokanee Salmon. The Salmon are being caught off the bottom with lures and jigs. Anything bright and flashy will trigger a salmon bite. Work your lures close to the bottom so that you irritate the spawning salmon into biting at your lure. Most the salmon being caught are in the tail end of the spawn, but typically, sporatic fresh runs of the kokanee can keep coming in through January. As the kokanee fishing slows down, the Rainbow trout bite is picking up and are also being caught working lures off the bottom. For the rainbow trout, tipping your jig or lure with a meal worm, gulp minnow or raw shrimp can help during a slow bite. Fisherman are also catching an occasional Arctic Char a they move in to feed on the salmon eggs. There is some skim ice developing in areas out on the main lake.
Fly fishing on the Blue river below the damn remains steady with more fish moving up closer to the dam as water temps down lower are have cooled way down. Egg, worm,mysis shrimp, and midge patterns in size 20, 22 and even size 24 midge patterns can always trigger a bite. Use a 6x tippet, and approach the runs slowly and cautiously to trick these large and well educated trout.
The inlet at Green mountain reservoir is icing up and working its way north to the main body and ice fishing at the inlet is now a possibility. Fishing from shore is slow to fair for rainbow trout along the shorelines and at the inlet. Lake trout can be caught form shore as they will be cruising the shorelines looking for food in order to fatten up before the winter. Spoons, Crankbaits, and jigs are all good choices, look for benches and flats next to big drop offs.
Georgetown is fully capped and fish able with fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns being reported.
Officer Gulch has fish able Ice. Small Brook trout, rainbow trout and a few cutthroat trout can be caught using small ice jigs such as tungsten jigs, tipped with a meal worm are very effective.
As always, use caution. Early ice conditions can change at anytime.