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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Channel Catfish

Another nice catfish at Chatfield pond

Post By: tarifisher      Posted: 7/26/2011 11:14:12 AM     Points: 51    
Just came back from Mexico was there for 3 weeks and i went fishing with my good friend John and I was able to land this nice catfish. It was caught on east side of the river and south of Chatfield resevoir in the first pond. It was caught on fresh crawdads around 8:15pm yesterday 7/25/11. It was very windy at times.
 Reply by: Wont get skunked again      Posted: 7/26/2011 11:47:33 AM     Points: 169    
 Reply by: Mile Hi NightStalker      Posted: 7/26/2011 3:16:32 PM     Points: 3312    
Thats a good whisker fish nice!
 Reply by: Fiddler1986      Posted: 7/26/2011 3:26:25 PM     Points: 6287    
Dang that's a nice cat. Congrats!
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 7/26/2011 3:41:29 PM     Points: 5478    
What a beauty, nice catch!
 Reply by: nightangler      Posted: 7/27/2011 1:13:44 PM     Points: 1856    
Well done, congrats!!!!
 Reply by: getrdone      Posted: 7/27/2011 3:48:04 PM     Points: 28    
Nice fish! Whos got the hot sauce?! :)
 Reply by: Jeepster80125      Posted: 7/27/2011 4:06:43 PM     Points: 81    
I thought the ponds were west of the river, not east?

Are you talking about the small pond near where Titan turns into Rampart? Or the first pond where the scuba divers go?
 Reply by: nimiboyd      Posted: 7/27/2011 7:12:02 PM     Points: 1342    
east side...
 Reply by: fishoholic      Posted: 7/27/2011 8:32:08 PM     Points: 1018    
Nice catfish congrats.
 Reply by: jason94f22      Posted: 7/27/2011 8:45:10 PM     Points: 162    
nice cat man, mabey ill change my game up in a while and try for cats after seeing all the nice ones pulled out
 Reply by: tarifisher      Posted: 7/27/2011 10:41:52 PM     Points: 51    
Jeepster: I am not good typing but let me try to guide how to get there: When you pay at the entrance(Wadsworth bld) Go south pass the bridge over the river there is a parking on the right side of the road .You will see the trail is a 10 min. walk. All cats I have been catching are been realesed .All ponds south of chatfield have nice cats.Fly fishing the Platte ,south of Chatfield is really good for trout right know Me and my son did really good today
 Reply by: Pmonte      Posted: 7/28/2011 7:20:38 PM     Points: 21    
Sure going to get crowded over there, hope you are ready to have people in your spot when you get there. Nice fish though!
 Reply by: Fil Fishkiller      Posted: 7/29/2011 4:56:30 AM     Points: 661    
Pmonte....have you been to chatfield? It is never NOT crowded. I was there at 2 am once and had to fish near people. I was at those same ponds last week. I was catching tons of perch about 125 feet out. All the while kids and float toys and the disgusting noise of happiness all around me. Chatfield is not a SECRET so lay off the dude.
 Reply by: TonoTrout      Posted: 7/29/2011 7:15:35 AM     Points: 3067    
tari-Wow! and you let that kittie go! You are a good man.

Fil-I second your motion! I don't think there is an inch of Chatfield that hasn't been covered.
 Reply by: Knottyboy      Posted: 7/29/2011 11:39:08 AM     Points: 224    
Has anyone been catching any smaller cats? I have a feeling that only the big boys remain from when the ponds were originally stocked.

Also, I frequently fish the Chatfield ponds for bass. I have noticed a huge influx of people at the ponds in search of cats. There is nothing wrong with sharing a spot. But, there is nothing wrong with someone pointing out that it will get hammered either!
 Reply by: tarifisher      Posted: 7/29/2011 1:36:53 PM     Points: 51    
Pmonte: I have a lot of respect for all people .I just want to let you lnow that I am NOT the owner of those ponds .For me it's a big excitement to catch one of those cats.( All realesed for another angler) All I want is to help people tohave the opportunity to land one of those.I won't feel bad if I see peoplle fishing those ponds.All ponds have cats same as 80% of ponds in the metro area.This is a list of waters where I catch them:Kendrick,Cottonwood(Lakewood)Sloan Lake, Centennial, Jim Baker(denver)
 Reply by: Arthur5280      Posted: 7/29/2011 1:58:59 PM     Points: 115    
Why attract extra attention to the smaller ponds? Some of those mentioned cannot handle added pressure at all
 Reply by: Jeepster80125      Posted: 7/29/2011 3:03:17 PM     Points: 81    
I very much dislike the idea of 'hiding' spots to catch fish, especially if people pay for their license, and in cases like this, pay the park entrance fee. It would be nice for the negative nancies to stop complaining.

Tarifisher - I think you are talking about the parking lot between Kingfisher (west of the bridge) and the four heron handicapped spots? There is a bathroom? The last two Saturdays Kingfisher has been full so overflow has been parking there. I wasn't aware that you could access those ponds from there. I remember parking off Titan Parkway and walking in with my pops back in the 80s.

I agree, I have been killing it on the stream above the lake, but with worms. I fished the spillway last night and caught two trout and a walleye. There was a pelican there to eat another guy's foul-hooked fish, it was funny to watch the pelican struggle to swallow the fish.

tailfisher, don't worry about people complaining about posting where you fish. I can't wait to fish there.

Thank you for introducing more people to our state's fisheries.

Tight Lines! (the haters too!)
 Reply by: Jeepster80125      Posted: 7/29/2011 3:44:14 PM     Points: 81    
If you go to google maps and browse south of chatty, I think it's the lake just north of the lake labeled 'Expressive Hardwood Floors'.

Interesting lake name...
 Reply by: Rollie      Posted: 7/29/2011 11:29:21 PM     Points: 196    
Well ,I wonder if people stalk posts on here just to ravage another spot, Me i am from Newark NJ and unfamiliar w/ the front range lakes and was maybe still in need of help with location. But I try to offer all the information and updates/help reguarding what I have learned. I garuntee some people here post no useful info and just rape all the info they see on posts.. Its a sad thing...
Anyhow, any news or info on the larger pond (south of that one your at Tarifisher) the furthest south pond east of the Platte...I know the one you are at is getting alot of 1st timers due to what they read on FxR, more power to them..hope they also contribute to some updates and conditions..pay it forward
 Reply by: Arthur5280      Posted: 7/30/2011 9:21:54 AM     Points: 115    
Rollie is absolutely right - this thread has already been read 1000 times

Think of all the lurkers and guests that just view and steal all this information - not to mention this now shows up on Google
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 7/30/2011 2:34:21 PM     Points: 5709    
I was all worried about it when I saw this post.
But not any longer!
I have given it much more thought.This place will not get over ran, because there is no parking lot next to it...lol

I was there last night tell 1030PM fishing for cats.
I have to say there was about 5 people there
And in the smaller lake a family fishing the little beach.
I Have never seen anyone there before last night.
There was a regular there in a tube, it was good talking to him.
Offered him a extra headlamp I had so he could make it back okay.But he declined.

But this place is not for the week, He said it was about a 10 minute walk, Not even Close, more like 30 minute Treck cross country, from the lot in the park and 20 from off of Titan Rd and Wildlife way.
Its a very long walk with gear and the bugs will run you back to your car before you even get close.And then there is the Night time wild life that will eat you.
I'm not worried about people knowing about this location because If they make it that far and survive the bugs, then they deserve to be there.
Most will never return anyway. The lakes are not managed by the DOW so NO trout.LOL Maybe one?
And not a lot of fish have ever been stalked there. It probably has not been stalked with anything in 15 years.

If you have a horse, it would be a great place to go to.
Do not take kids.

Peace and Catfish Grease.
 Reply by: ObsessedFisherman      Posted: 7/30/2011 3:03:13 PM     Points: 2883    
lmfao I am witness good times but the bugs are thicker then the brush lol

Horse hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm need one of those....Can I keep him at your ranch???
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 7/30/2011 3:08:57 PM     Points: 5709    
No
Now a if I could use my ATV, then we would have a good spot for sure.
Rob how long do you think that treck is.
30 minutes to the big lake?
 Reply by: Arthur5280      Posted: 7/30/2011 3:32:01 PM     Points: 115    
The OP posted directions to the parking lot in Chatfield, sounds like you are taking a much longer route. It's a simple 5-10 min walk
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 7/30/2011 5:21:59 PM     Points: 5709    
Well ya all must be talking about the wrong lake then Never mind.
Good thing.
 Reply by: Rollie      Posted: 7/30/2011 8:23:40 PM     Points: 196    
Careful you waders in that pond, Aggresive snappers in there and last weekend went with a guy I met on these forums, Nice guy,,was there 9-3am...I stayed till sun-up, alone its crazy at that hour, Chkn Livers first (I think) attracted 12-14 coyotes (no fear in em) they came about 20 feet away from me...then Definate cougar in that area..male I think..Those animals have no fear..no children or pets to that area around dusk...Bugs were thick..even with DEET sprayed like every other hour..lol..Im bringing mace next time.. heard huge animals in the brush around..its a lil spooky when your alone..
 Reply by: eddie.h      Posted: 7/31/2011 3:18:46 PM     Points: 123    
I went last night by myself(wont do that again), a ton of bugs, some deer and coyotes in the brush. it is about 20 min walk to the first pond, just stoped there. All the deet in the world cant keep the bugs off. I fished from 7-almost dark and left when I heard animals in the trees making noises. Landed one 8" LMB with no other bites on crawdads and worms.

Happy Fishing!
 Reply by: dmccull2000      Posted: 8/1/2011 5:18:33 PM     Points: 260    
Definitely snapping turtles in there. I went a few weeks back to try for some cats. Got there a little early and thought I would throw a lure out and try for a bass when I hooked something. Had no idea what I was bringing in. But, it was fighting but fighting weird. When I got it closer to the shore, this is what I saw. Same experience with a ton of wild life and bugs. But, the fireflies were nice. It took me also around 30 min to get there, but I was carrying too much gear. I will do it again sometime, but it is one of those places where no one has to worry about it being run over with people. Not the easiest to find, and is pretty hard core to get to. I am personally glad you shared it. For those hardcore enough to go for the night, it is a great place. I may have seen you out there that night. I am glad you got that great cat. Hope to be able to catch it as well soon!
 Reply by: BiggieSmalls      Posted: 8/1/2011 7:27:25 PM     Points: 1444    
Fishwrangler,

Just feed the neighbors goats some high protein goods and they can walk your gear in. Lol
 Reply by: morry      Posted: 8/1/2011 9:24:31 PM     Points: 209    
Yes, that is a great cat and the turtle is sizeable as well. I fish all of those back ponds and have had fair luck in only one. The wildlife can be incredible, deer, elk, bears, cats, coyotes, eagles, owls, beautiful song birds, beavers and turtles. I also saw a rattler on the east side of the pond in the photo, so be careful. Futher south is an old log cabin that is in a very pretty spot. I also see lots of birders back in that area. I have njoyed it for the beauty as much as the fishing experience. If fishing early or late, you will need long sleeve shirt, hat with netting and baste yourself with deet like you would a turky on thanksgiving.

Congrats on the cat.

 Reply by: Mr.Charles35      Posted: 8/1/2011 9:39:31 PM     Points: 52    
Welp, Ill be completely honest you guys are gonna trash this place. And then ill clean it all up like ive been for the past three years. Ive already noticed the increase of people. Thanks for not only "ruining" it for me but for the others that kept it secret. Good one.
 Reply by: fishordie      Posted: 8/2/2011 12:55:25 AM     Points: 98    
I have to agree with alot of statements made in this forum.... as a native of the area of chatfield, there are very few " spots" undiscovered...ditchin school to jump off the wall for example. The whole purpose of this forum is to get as much info as possible, and there are some out there that do what has been accused here, in many ways. I respect those that take care of this land as a job, I don't appreciate the fact that some of the "nicest" ppl in this great sport of fishing, don't respect the whole realm that makes up this fantastic world provided to us, as innocent as a child. And yet the point that I see that really comes out of this is, if you are gonna take part in this activity, remember your momma ain't here to clean up after your ass and show some appreciation to the fact that the sights you see and think are beautiful, won't stay that way long with a load of lazy asses thinkin that just because somebody works in the nature business, means they are there to work for you, hence the nature business... dam ramblin ... lol
 Reply by: bigcat33      Posted: 8/2/2011 7:45:35 AM     Points: 712    
I've been waiting to post on this to see what others have said. I fish these ponds alot, probably 80+ days a year. I will say I have seen more people/kids going to these ponds to play in the water or have a little friendly get together down there rather than fish so i would guess pretty much all trash down there is from these people. Every time i go down there i pick up a walmart bag of trash from the spots ive seen people the day before.

One thing that makes me really happy about these ponds is I have never seen anyone take fish from them. Dont know what most peoples reasons are but i know for me it would be the long ass hike back.

Im just glad there are other people out there that have known of these ponds and kept quiet about them especially since there is no stocking of these ponds and all the fish are naturally sustaining themselves. Really hope anyone that fishes these ponds respects the sport enough to pack out what you brought in.
 Reply by: tyee30      Posted: 8/2/2011 6:10:08 PM     Points: 169    
Tarifisher: Great cat. Great Picks. You have the right attitude and that's what its all about. I appreciate your info and will try it someday myself. Just as the secrets have been let out and may attract a lot of interest it also tells me that this might be a great place to stay away from.

Thanks for sharing your story and pics. I wish you the best of luck!
 Reply by: tarifisher      Posted: 8/3/2011 9:54:29 PM     Points: 51    
I'm sorry that this post became so contraversial and some people did't agree with it.It was never intented to offend anybody.All I wanted to do is other people to catch one of those nice catsmy friend john just cautgh-realeased a 32 in. on 7-30-11.
 Reply by: tarifisher      Posted: 8/3/2011 10:05:38 PM     Points: 51    
Tyee30: Thank you for your coments if you want please email me at:maldonadoemilio10@yahoo.com write yor cell phone I want to give you information that I learned in all ponds and the river
 Reply by: djdkmode      Posted: 8/5/2011 11:43:08 AM     Points: 241    
you're a bunch of old men that sound like women. People can fish where ever they want. thanks for the tips.
 Reply by: dlongpoke      Posted: 8/6/2011 1:33:54 AM     Points: 83    
you are all talking about differant spots. Titan rd? east of the river?
 Reply by: Rollie      Posted: 8/6/2011 2:40:04 AM     Points: 196    
There are two ponds east of Platte, Titan (Wilderness rd.) trail gets you there, in the pics is the smaller of the two ponds.. Im curious of the Cats in the bigger pond..
 Reply by: Montana Man      Posted: 8/10/2011 4:06:31 PM     Points: 14    
I've nite fished all of em. And the ones SE have more bugs than most can stand. One nite of bugs, noises and a skunking and most would never go back. Besides it's too far for most people. :)
 Reply by: JimmyRig      Posted: 9/6/2011 12:46:37 PM     Points: 52    
I agree with others that this area will not be overrun. My friend and I were out there Sunday night on a labor day weekend and not a soul in site. Fairly difficult trek with gear and def. wild life everywhere. Bugs were not bad though. Only thing we saw out there was a beaver and some mice around us but heard coyotes everywhere. Those of us that are willing to travel harder and further will always have the more peaceful spots. You wont see a family with 7yr olds running around in this area at 11PM. Probably more likely to see a family of bears or dear.
 Reply by: Desertsky      Posted: 9/8/2011 8:46:20 PM     Points: 104    
So, everyone complaining about someone telling where they caught a nice fish...what the heck do you think these forums are for? Take a look to the right and you will see this under Forum Rules:

"This forum is intended to share ideas, opinions, fishing information, ask questions, and more, and has to be a place where everyone feels comfortable participating. "

From what I have seen, there are plenty of fish and plenty of spots at Chatty and every other fishing place in Colorado for everyone to enjoy.
 Reply by: armyman      Posted: 9/12/2011 4:33:16 PM     Points: 46    
Great cat Sir, I am seeing why I would rather go back to the country then continue fishing here in Colorado. Born and raised in Missouri and yes we all told each other the secret "spots" because that was the thing to do help out your buddy. Seems the bad people on here that love to complain and talk bad about this and that, I have a great idea for em just go fishin. I will say i have had a great time fishin here in CO, but if this is all it will boil down to is people runnin their mouth about another fisher just puttin out info about a good spot. Me being a 23 year old military Vet I am going to say y'all grow up, and for y'all that continue to give info thank you.
 Reply by: Fish Lip Rippa      Posted: 9/13/2011 10:54:43 AM     Points: 97    
Wow you guys are redic! The forum is all about sharing fishing information with others to catch fish, and public access is limited in this state compared to others so I am thankful for those who have helped me out.

As for the haters who think that this spot is "secret" well sorry it isn't. This is the googlemaps image from the "secret parking lot". Appears to be three cars crammed in there. Also the picture was taken long before this thread was created.

Grow up, or move to Alaska and hoard all the spots you want.

Public land is PUBLIC LAND.


 Reply by: crazypickles      Posted: 9/13/2011 11:02:06 AM     Points: 1327    
Well see how much you are crying next time your go to your favorite spots that you shared with thousands of people on the internet that you dont even know, an there is no room to fish and everytime you go there you see more and more trash as well as less and less fish...

There are reasons why people dont share with the whole internet, reasons other then they are just assholes. I never share the small ponds that have taken me a while to find or a while to figure out. Why would i share my information that took time and effort to obtain with thousands of people i dont even know?

Want to see what the internet does to lakes?... take a look at antero/eleven mile in a few months when the ice shows up.
 Reply by: Fish Lip Rippa      Posted: 9/13/2011 11:16:34 AM     Points: 97    
Well hate to break it to ya bud, but I get the most out of fishing public waters, and appreciate the accessibility of many spots throughout the Denver Metro. I happen to enjoy fishing the South Platte in Englewood/S Denver right by Arapahoe Power Station, and it really cant get any worse there.

I think its great seeing families together trying to bring up the next generation of anglers, because without their interest in the sport of fishing, who's to say we will have the proper funding to manage these areas in the future?

So I'm still not convinced with your argument. I happen to be from that new generation and want to see that everyone has the chance to catch a fish and enjoy the same accessibility I did when I was younger.
 Reply by: bigfish101      Posted: 9/13/2011 1:40:53 PM     Points: 242    
That's a dream fish. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration too many people wanting to land a monster!!!
 Reply by: Rollie      Posted: 9/13/2011 7:17:40 PM     Points: 196    
I have seen first hand that when a photo of a nice fish is posted the following few days after the body of water has a lot more traffic, which does bring more trash and cramped fishing, oh well it cant be helped, This forum is very helpful, and people who benefit from it should contribute to it. notice as alot of forums there are 20x people viewing a thread and not contributing to it, there are tons of people just out to reap the benefits of this forum without contributing a single thing, I believe if you have gained some insight on a body of water you should pay it forward.. B ut Tarifisher has good intentions for this post...
 Reply by: Mr.Charles35      Posted: 9/13/2011 7:49:30 PM     Points: 52    
Gee, I bet you feel cool Big lip Rippa. I wish I could tell everyone about good fishing and attempt to take all the credit...
 Reply by: Fish Lip Rippa      Posted: 9/14/2011 12:20:24 PM     Points: 97    
Want me to throw up the GPS coordinates for this spot?
 Reply by: Mr.Charles35      Posted: 9/14/2011 6:33:40 PM     Points: 52    
If you so choose. I mean hell why dont ya just go light a fire down there so everyone can see you from miles away. Im sure you feel so empowered with the knowledge of how to use a key board and piss people off. This wasnt your thread, you didnt even comment til two months after it was posted. You must feel real good, so good you should actually post the exact coordinates to your favorite fishing spot. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH or shut up.
 Reply by: Fish Lip Rippa      Posted: 9/14/2011 10:17:11 PM     Points: 97    
Haha. I wasn't talkin to ya Charles, I was asking others who were interested in locating the spot. Chill bruh
 Reply by: Fish Lip Rippa      Posted: 9/14/2011 10:23:48 PM     Points: 97    
But since you asked man no worries... If any of you have the chance to make it out to W.Idaho/ E.Oregon a great spot to catch some nasty catfish is on the Snake River, on the Idaho/Oregon border. Just right across from the city of Nyssa. There's an old picnic table that is great to post up on and toss out some lines.

GPS Coordinates: 4352'34.27"N 11658'55.91"W

Peep it!
 Reply by: BiggieSmalls      Posted: 9/14/2011 10:43:32 PM     Points: 1444    
FPF loves to stir the pot and long line trawl under different I.D.'s. DOn't bite on his cred's
 Reply by: Bigguns      Posted: 9/15/2011 10:25:02 AM     Points: 207    
You all make me want to throw up in my mouth a little...

No wonder you get skunked
 Reply by: skunkbait      Posted: 9/15/2011 11:00:55 AM     Points: 3    
Dang - Nice catch...!!!!!!
 Reply by: crazypickles      Posted: 9/15/2011 11:45:10 AM     Points: 1327    
 Reply by: Ilya62      Posted: 9/15/2011 11:28:13 PM     Points: 8    
I think it is time for editors to stop this BS......

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