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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir

WF or Granby

Post By: Blabls      Posted: 2/22/2023 12:15:49 PM     Points: 3    
Hi all,

Just want some general advice. Trying to decide between WF or Granby for lake trout. Been to Granby many times and usually hit dike 3 area but never been to WF.

1. Which lake is easier to fish and get consistent action? From previous posts, seems like WF.

2. Are you more likely to catch a bigger fish in Granby?

Heading out solo tomorrow for two days of fishing. Let me know if you'll be there!

 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 2/22/2023 6:54:23 PM     Points: 7774
"It depends."
What is big and how many of those are you catching at Granby?
 Reply by: Blabls      Posted: 2/22/2023 7:19:24 PM     Points: 3
I have not done too well at Granby. Usually 0 to 3 fish around 18 to 23 inches. But that is fishing from shore. I have never ice fished Granby. Id like a chance to go for much larger.
 Reply by: mrpike16      Posted: 2/23/2023 6:35:03 PM     Points: 27
WF has more action from smaller Lakers.. 15-20" WF is easier to get on and off of. You park at water level at the boat ramp. Flat drag of ice hut and sleds. Mini tubes in 50' of water attract fish all day.

Granby is a steep climb down from parking to the ice. Parking at one of the dams along the south shore is hard work for this old guy. especially getting off the ice.

I don't eat Lakers anyway.. I'll take the action at WF.
 Reply by: Blabls      Posted: 2/25/2023 12:40:28 PM     Points: 3
Ended up at Granby. Hiked out to the northwest side of deer island and fished a flat 50 ft down between a hump and steep climb. Did okay. Caught 8 in total, ranging from 16 to 22 inches. Marked fish all day, including some that looked bigger. Everything came on 3 to 4" tubes (glow in a variety of colors) tipped with sucker, except for the 22, which took a white 6" grub. Very light bite and the fish don't chase as aggressively like other lakers i've experienced. Overall had a great time.

Mrpike16, getting off the lake is no joke! Good legs and back workout.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/5/2023 11:57:06 PM     Points: 1834
Sounds like you did well at Granby. We were there Sat and Sun and only managed two fish - lost 4 and missed a few. Had many that came to look but either didn't bite or we didn't detect the bites.

Williams Fork water level is said to be down 65 ft below normal pool - according to Granby Bait N Tackle. Sounds like it's a long ways to the water this year, so we passed.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/6/2023 10:16:52 AM     Points: 1834
One of the fish I caught spit out a bunch of larvae or some kind of bug matter - is this the time of year in Granby that the fish feast on those bugs and hardly bite anything else?
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: 3/6/2023 1:16:41 PM     Points: 32
Do you have a picture of it by any chance?
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/6/2023 3:41:46 PM     Points: 1834
Sorry, no - wish I had thought of it then
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: 3/6/2023 7:33:41 PM     Points: 2688
Mysis most likely.
 Reply by: devon234      Posted: 3/6/2023 8:43:02 PM     Points: 312
I don't fish Williams fork as much but Granby has the densest population of lake trout n the state. So much so that anglers are encouraged to keep lake trout 25 inches and smaller. I fish Granby more. I have fished that lake in the spring and fall every year for the past 20 years and can tell you that there are plenty of lake trout in there. You can have success in each lake. It's really more of picking one and figuring out the lake you chose. Granby is quite a bit bigger and one of the biggest lakes in the state with a ton of structure. There are huge fish in both but I think you have a better chance at a 20 plus lb lake trout in Williams fork. In Granby if you fish it enough you will have plenty of chances at a 10 to 15 lb laker.
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