FE At Pueblo with Drawing Winner
by: Jeff Jones , California6/15/2012
Rich, (Handle on FE: Fish,) won the trip last December. He and his co-worker Chris came to Pueblo for a day fishing from Jeff Jones’ Cobra bass boat. Rich and Chris are primarily fly fishing aficionados, though Chris grew up in FL and did toss a spinnerbait for a while. For the most part Rich and Chris fly fished.
We met at the North Shore ramp at 6am on Tuesday and began fishing at the mouth of Peck Creek, a popular area for bass and walleye. Moving quickly to find where fish were holding, we worked from the deep edge to the shallow cuts and corners of the point. The shallow water held the smallmouth bass and we began to catch them there adjacent to the point drop-offs. Chris hooked up first with his fly rod, and then several began to hit a small Repo Man topwater, a walk-the-dog style lure with a very loud knock.
Following the shoreline, we moved from the point all the way to the back of the cove. Before reaching the half-way point each angler had caught all three species of bass: smallmouth, largemouth, and spots. The fly guys caught them on a tiny tube and two colors of wooly-buggers, white or brown/orange crawdad. The boater’s fish came on the topwater if there was shade to work, or on a small 1/8 oz. green pumpkin tube worked slowly on the bottom when there was no shade.
At the very back of the cove, where the water was dirty and shallow, one largemouth did hit a chartreuse spinnerbait next to a tree along the bank.
We moved up lake a little to the mid-lake shoals area and fished another cove with much the same results. The bass were in the shade created by bluff walls and would willingly hit our lures.
From about 11-2 o’clock we fished coves nearer the launch ramp with similar results. But here, where the water is clearer, the bass would hit the topwater without having to be in the shade, coming from 10-20 feet up to hit it. Several largemouth were also caught on a jig in the very backs of the cuts if there were some sort of cover to hold on, like small bushes.
I had a fun day fishing with fellow FishExplorer members and we all caught fish. We had great weather and very willing bass. We kept hoping for a wiper boil to happen but it never did. I expected the fly guys to hook-up with a trout at any time but that also never happened.
Air temp: 55 in the AM up to 85 in the afternoon.
Water Temp: 66 in the AM up to 72, shallow in the PM.
Clarity: The main lake at Peck was about 4 ft. clear, and the father back we went the dirtier it got. The coves near the marina were 7-9 ft. clear unless the waves were hitting the shore and stirring it up.
Thanks Rich and Chris for day of fun fishing. We didn’t get the big ones but we did get average Pueblo-size bass and plenty of them.
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JKaboom, CO 6/19/2012 3:26:33 PM
Right on !!! I would love to win a trip like that :)
HeavyC, CO 6/19/2012 4:12:16 PM
FISH! Where you been brother? Been wondering what happened to you for about a year now! You stop posting? Or posting under another name?
Good to see you still catching tons of fish...now get some of those famous south park photos up with the pups again!
HeavyC, CO 6/19/2012 4:14:06 PM
Correction!...been wondering what happened to you for TWO years now! ...last post May of 2010! Sonuva!
Great stuff Jeff!
BiggieSmalls, CO 6/19/2012 6:42:51 PM
Right on Jeff. Looks like the fly guys did work.
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