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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir
Guided Fishing Trips on Williams Fork Reservoir for Lake Trout and Pike. Potential for a trophy every trip!  High Country Anglers LLC. www.highcountryanglersllc.com

Hitting Williams Fork on Thursday

Post By: bouldertrout      Posted: 1/10/2017 8:09:28 PM     Points: 18    
Thinking of hitting Williams Fork on Thursday, anyone knows if the recent winds/warmer weather have made the ice unsafe? Also got skunked last year around this time, so if you have any suggestions on areas with good laker bites, would be grateful to learn them.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jan. 10, 8:32:13 PM     Points: 1205    
boulder,
Weather still doesn't look too promising. Wind and snow to continue. Do it could make for a dicey trip. Not sure about the ice quality either. Be safe!

 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: Jan. 10, 8:35:06 PM     Points: 538    
Lake was 12 inches of ice two days ago, Ice will still be safe I take it,but use caution of course. Also that area didn't get hit with snow as heavy as Vail pass area.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jan. 10, 10:03:10 PM     Points: 1205    
New storm on the way. May or may not be an issue for travel on Thursday. Might want to check C-Dot Road report.
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: Jan. 10, 11:29:15 PM     Points: 18    
Thanks for the info folks!
 Reply by: Dopey      Posted: Jan. 11, 6:51:29 AM     Points: 86    
If I didn't have to work Thursday or have a doc appointment, I'd be down to follow you up or split the ride! In my experience, the worst the weather, the better the fishing is up there.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Jan. 11, 7:52:28 AM     Points: 13907    
Ice will be fine. It was 11-12" of hard "glass" ice last weekend, and though it has hit nice high temps here in the last few days, it was 10deg colder up there, and below freezing for at least 1/2 of the day. Hopefully the cold/warm cycle has helped the snow atop the lake consolidate so that it isn't too slushy.

Fish early in the day (sunrise to 10am) for the best bite, and fish in 30-50 FOW.
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: Jan. 11, 1:17:48 PM     Points: 18    
Thanks Tbubb, this info was quite helpful.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: Jan. 20, 10:56:26 AM     Points: 195    
Hey guys, planning to try WF tomorrow for the first time. Any recent tips or ice status reports you could provide? Also any recommendations on where I can stop in for bait near the lake?
 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: Jan. 20, 11:58:50 AM     Points: 538    
Only got better since Tbubb updated us above. Yes there is a shop called Granby Bait and Tackle it sells sucker meat and plenty other fishing bait and accessories.

I will be out there wearing a blue and silver jacket with black and silver pants, directly out from the boat ramp with my buddy if you see us come and say hi and I'll give you a few tips.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Jan. 20, 12:30:08 PM     Points: 13907    
There were 2x independent updates from 1/16 (Monday) on the lake conditions page. One of them was mine, and both were similar so I'm confident in them.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Jan. 20, 12:34:02 PM     Points: 13907    
PS- last 2 weeks I fished, 1x fish were at ~35 FOW but not deeper. We caught on fire as soon as we moved to my favorite place in 35 FOW.

The following week we tried to start at 35FOW and were getting few little interest or hits until we moved to my SECOND favorite place, which was 55FOW. Then I caught on fire for a while.

If it is between sunrise and 11am and you are not getting lookers or bites for more than 40 min. Move to another depth. The fish behave differently on different days - you have to find them.

The main difference between what I am doing and what others who are only catching a few are doing, I suppose, is that I am willing to walk and try different areas/depths moreso than some others.
 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: Jan. 20, 1:07:14 PM     Points: 538    
Indeed Tbubb,

I suggest to anyone to move around don't be afraid and think ice is not good. As always be careful and watch where you step but don't be afraid to move around it is the key. When I have success at WF it is because I moved to different depths, sometimes I stay in an area for about 30 mintues sometimes 5 all depends.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: Jan. 20, 1:29:07 PM     Points: 195    
Thanks for the updates and advice, much appreciated. May see you guys out there bright and early tomorrow.
 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: Jan. 20, 2:40:06 PM     Points: 538    
You will see me for sure unless an avalanche sweeps me off the road. Fingers crossed it doesn't.

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