Late Start But fish Bite was On
Post By: Huntfishman
Posted: 1/6/2012 9:47:10 PM Points:
Got out on the ice a little after 12PM today and caught a couple of perch. Went over to the dam area at about 2 and landed 14 crappies and 1 big perch. Lost serveral fish. They were from 10 feet to just off the bottom.
Reply by: Flyrodn
Posted: 1/7/2012 7:31:02 AM Points:
Thanks for the post. Love hearing about West Slope Fishing. Please consider submitting conditions reports in the future. Skippers don't always pull info from the forum.
Reply by: Durroar
Posted: 1/7/2012 9:58:27 PM Points:
What were you using on the crappies. I was catching them all summer and fall at Crawford but I never have any luck through the ice. I usually use small perch ice jigs or small spoons tipped with shrimp, worms or perch eye for perch and trout.
Reply by: bill92042
Posted: 1/8/2012 7:56:57 AM Points:
Sounds like a great day. My dad and I got out very late one day and had one of the best trips I can remember. Thanks for posting.
Reply by: bowhuntinnut
Posted: 1/8/2012 9:21:06 AM Points:
How big are the Crappie and Perch in this lake? I have never fished it but always wanted to. How is the ice there? thanks.
Reply by: perchboy
Posted: 1/24/2012 5:12:22 AM Points:
Looking to come fish some perch. any luck and where abouts are they biting. Have never fish Crawford but looking forward to it. How thick is the ice. any bait shops close? I will be traveling from Colorado Springs.
Reply by: 49er
Posted: 1/24/2012 6:24:29 PM Points:
The afternoon bite about 2 till dark is the best bite for crappie there most of the time. Real small tungsten jigs with half a mealie usually works. As for size, they run from 6" to 12" with an average of 8-10". Perch average 4-6" with a very few nice ones. No bait shops as minnows in Colorado over 7,000 and everywhere on the Western Slope are illegal. Ice is at least a foot thick.
Reply by: Lefty2053
Posted: 1/24/2012 7:21:14 PM Points:
The Desperado Station sells some Mela worms and other bait frozen. Then there is the New Tackle shop in town on Cedar St. Called Bait Box and More has some stuff there also. Sign up for the Crawford Pike Derby at Bait Box and More.
Reply by: FireFish
Posted: 1/24/2012 7:21:39 PM Points:
I would love to get in on those crappie!!! I'm looking at putting a trip together to and fish crawford. I live in durango and I would love to ice warm water species! Is there a good place to stay in or around hotchkiss or the lake?
Reply by: Huntfishman
Posted: 1/24/2012 7:43:58 PM Points:
The ice is about 9" thick by the dam. Wax worms have been working good for crappie. I use a horizontal jig with a small heavy head, red with a red blood worm plastic which worked best for me and my wife. I hate to admit it she outfished me. A fish finder is a great tool if you have one since the fish are suspended. Good luck!
Reply by: perchboy
Posted: 1/26/2012 4:53:51 PM Points:
Hey everyone thanks for all the info. Looking foorward to spending some time at Crawford. Hope to see some of you on the ice.