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Don't put the long rods away just yet.

by: Ronny Cast 11/23/2012
  With mid 50's to upper 60's outside it's hard to believe December is right around the corner.   While many of us might have the impending ice action on the brain, the front range lakes have open water with water temps in the mid to upper 40's.  With some lakes scheduled to close at the end of the month and others that will stay open until ice up, there is a lot of great open water action to be had.  For those just looking to get their line pulled or perhaps harvest a few fish for the grill the trout action is going strong.  Many of the front range lakes have received their usual end of year stocking witch can make for some fast paced easy fishing.  Try to go to Boyd or Carter or Horsetooth as well as many other front range lakes and not catch a trout right now.  Itís hard to beat a gulp minnow on a jig this time of year for that sort of a thing.  Trout are by no means the only game going right now.  The smallmouth, large mouth, walleye  and white bass have been very cooperative as well as of late.  Now thereís a lot of what I call "dead water" out there as most of the fish are schooled up so if your not catching fish then a change of location might be in order.  Electronics can be a huge help this time of year.  The usual presentations are getting er done, jerkbaits, crankbaits, jigging spoons, bladebaits and jigs can all produce on any given day.  This time of year itís especially important to fish to conditions.  If itís calm and sunny out then a jigging spoon or tube jig might be my choice.  If itís windy or overcast then a jerkbait or deep diving crankbait might get er done.  If you time everything just right then all of the above might get action.  With fish being schooled up it's often a good idea to work a rotation of presentations as it seems a school of fish can get tuned into one presentation if it's presented to them over and over again.  Letting a spot rest is also a good call if the bite seems to slow.  Give it an hour and come back to it, theyíll often turn back on.  Some of the biggest fish of the year are being caught right now and with each passing day fewer and fewer boats are getting out.  This is the prim time for fishing those local lakes that were standing room only all summer long.  No jet skis, no loud booming music, no wake boarders and big fish feeding up for the winter.  Why o why would you put your boat away?  It sounds like a fishing wonderland to me out there so take advantage of it while it lasts.  The ice will likely be fast upon us in short order  and while I do have my sled all packed up and ready to go, itís sitting high and dry on a metro shelve next to the shiny silver Champion which is still getting wet several times a week.  
Nice jerkbiat smallie
A tank of a largemouth caught on a jerkbait.
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Member comments
ColoradoRay, CO   11/23/2012 6:51:53 PM
Couldn't agree with you more. Today I caught some of the biggest white bass that I have boated all year. Great article.
 
Dan Swanson, CO   11/24/2012 11:08:34 AM
It's areal shame that lakes close when there's open water. Take advantage of some great fall fishing!
 
Flyrodn, CO   11/25/2012 8:56:15 AM
Without a doubt there is some excellent open water fishing remaining even as folks are risking their necks on early ice. Fished Pearl, near Steamboat this weekend and the cutthroat were extremely active. Other options are also Douglas and Lon Hagler
 
Tbubb, CO   11/27/2012 12:32:19 PM
Yep - got out the flyrod in a mountain stream and hit the salmon and browns hard last weekend... They are still there, they are still biting!
 
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