Bite is good, but we’re seeing some skin infections in Williams Fork’s northern pike

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Grand Lake: Fishing has remained fair to good for all species. The best time to be on the water is first thing in the morning before it gets busy with boat traffic.

Rainbow and brown trout are being caught in 10-15 feet of water. Trolling Tasmanian Devils, deep diving crank baits or spoons and a snap weight have been producing. Focus on the areas with moving water or with a sharp transition to shallow water.

Lake trout are active in water from 45-90 feet. Chartreuse colored spoons or radical glow grubs on a lead head and tipped with a small piece of sucker have been working well.

Williams Fork: Ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water capacity is at 92%. The lake is going down. The surface temp is 66 degrees early in the morning, warming to 72-plus degrees on calm days. The warm water has driven the lake trout and northern pike to deeper water.

The lake trout bite has been fair to good early morning before it drops off, but you can keep on biting fish with frequent moves. We are catching lakers at 60-80 feet and seeing them on the bottom at 120-plus feet.

Grubs or tubes tipped with sucker meat are producing the bites. The lake trout bite picks up again in the late afternoon. Northerns are slow. I’m seeing close follows with no bites.

The northerns in Williams Fork have contracted a skin disease that I’m seeing on fish that follow my lures. The disease can possibly be spread to clean fish by landing nets or your hands. Bleach water can be used to disinfect landing nets and hand sanitizer for your hands if you boat an infected fish.

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