Ice conditions can vary from lake to lake, but the fish are still biting in Grand County.
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Great Lake: Ice is good, but watch for deep snow and slush in areas. Fishing has slowed down a bit this past week. Rainbows are still biting well in the early morning. Focus on the areas around the inlets, and pink tungsten jigs and small pink/silver spoons with a wax tip work well. Find water under 14 feet, start shallow and work up as the day progresses. Lake trout action has been good, look for them in 35-65 feet of water. A 3/8-ounce jighead with a Radical Luster grub tipped with a small piece of sucker, or a chunky tungsten tipped with a Clam Silkie have been producing good numbers of fish.
Williams Fork: The water level is 46%. Traveling on the ice has been a chore with the new snow in recent days. Fishing for rainbows, browns and kokanee is slow. There is some pike action on suspended baits in the main lake points and cliff areas. The lake trout bite has been good. Look for the best action in 50 or more feet of water and keep moving until you find a spot where the fish are consistently moving. Small tubes, grubs and any crayfish imitations have worked well. Lobster or glow colors. A bit of sucker meat or crawfish flavoring to sweeten the offering will help attract bites.
Lake Granby: The water level is 86%. Ice conditions are inconsistent but improving with the cold temperatures, as always check the ice as you go. I have been finding 4 to 10 inches of ice depending on the location and whether the ice has been isolated by snow or slush. Expect deep snow and slush as you travel around the lake, seeing some snow machines running, but not many yet. A reminder: Off-road vehicles over 1,000 pounds are not allowed, this will be strictly enforced. Don’t leave your safety gear at home and have a plan in case you get stuck. Fishing has been good for all species. Rainbows and browns have been active in low light conditions, small jigs and tungsten spoons, looking for rock transitions or moving water. For small tubes of brown trout, pelican imitations or jigging raps, worked in transition areas of rocks and mud during low light hours. Lake trout fishing has been good in 35-70 feet of water. The key is to find the group of fish that are active, so stay mobile. A wide variety of lures have been working hair taps, spoons, tubes and grubs in dark or bright colors that produce bites once you find the active fish. Aim with a single salmon roe or a small piece of suction cup for best results.
Good luck to everyone in the upcoming 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest, stay safe and we hope to see you at the weigh station!
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