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Early mornings, evenings are best bet for fishing

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Paul Conrad/Aspen TimesHelping his son Jake, 4, learn to fish, John Bozza of Basalt steadies a jig so his son can make a cast at Old Pond Park in Basalt.

ASPEN ” Hot, dry weather returned to most of Colorado last week, clearing and dropping streams that a few days earlier had been discolored by rains, and returning major lakes, reservoirs and rivers to a summer-fishing pattern, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Early mornings and late afternoons into the evening increasingly are becoming the most productive times for lake and stream fishermen alike, notes the DOW in its weekly fishing report.

Summer hatches on most rivers typically include scattered pale morning dun mayflies early in the day and caddis in the evenings. Terrestrial insect such as grasshoppers, beetles, crickets and ants often are on the water during the middle of the day, and fishing with large, terrestrial-imitating fly patterns can be very effective, especially in fast-water pockets and riffles. Spin-fishermen also can enjoy some good action in the faster water at various times of day.

As a rule, trout and kokanee salmon have moved into the deeper water of major reservoirs. Lake fishermen generally are trolling at greater depths for their fish, and commonly using downriggers or lead-core line, reports the DOW. Trout still move into shallower water late in the day, as surface water temperatures drop, and may remain there into the morning, offering shoreline anglers some potentially good action.

In contrast to the lowlands, high-mountain lakes offer an escape from the summer heat. They are scattered at timberline and above in mountain ranges across Colorado and, though often temperamental, are in their prime during the summer.

Many have native cutthroat trout; some have brook and rainbow trout. Virtually all are in spectacular mountain settings, which offer their own rewards. Many fishermen hike into high lakes primarily for the adventure and the setting, and if the fishing happens to be good, so much the better (see “Biting Fish, Biting Flies” in this Fishing section.)

For more information on High Country fishing, go to http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing

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