Denis Peirce: Winter trout fishing

Colin Peirce with fish on at Englebright Lake.

Denis Peirce: Winter trout fishing

Rainbow trout in a net on Englebright Lake.

Denis Peirce: Winter trout fishing

Colin Peirce with rainbow trout.

Denis Peirce: Winter trout fishing

Geese onshore watching the humans go by.

Even though it is winter, there are always some beautiful days best spent on the water. You don’t have to be on the water at the crack of dawn — an overcast sky can provide good conditions throughout the day. Dress well and you will be comfortable.

The best bet to find action in this season is rainbow trout. The water temps in our local foothill lakes are in the high forties to low fifties and the trout are likely to be close to the surface. A wise angler told me years ago, warm water concentrates trout and cold water scatters them. During the warm weather months trout are looking for those few areas where there is cool water, incoming creeks, springs and the depths. Once the entire lake cools down the fish are comfortable everywhere and anywhere. The key is to cover a lot of water to find them.