Post By: CUclimber Posted: 6/13/2012 6:03:41 PM Points: 491
I hit up Arvada res yesterday evening hoping to pull in a couple stockers for the smoker, since I haven't had much luck with the smallies there and I really wanted to catch something. Unfortunately I left all of my trout gear in my fly fishing vest, aside from one HD that was on my line. Using that, I managed to keep hooking up with small yellow perch. I missed quite a few hits too. They were pretty shallow, close to the shore. A few of them appeared to be circling around like they were protecting a spawning bed, leading me to think that I was just getting reaction strikes which is why I missed so many.
Anybody have any thoughts on that? Are perch still spawning now?
I've never seen a perch come out of there. Mostly just stockers, SMBs, and catfish. I left a little early because I didn't really want to disturb them if that's what they were doing.
That's funny. These were caught on the north side. I've been wondering what the deal is with these fish in there. There are no fxr stocking reports for them, so they were probably stocked before 1995. Either they are successfully spawning or they are stunted for some reason. They don't really have any major predators in there and plenty to eat, so I don't see any reason there shouldn't be bigger ones in there. Maybe I just haven't caught one yet.
I suppose I could have stuck one on the end of my line to try for a cat, but I only had my ultralight setup with 4# test and a half hour left before the place closed. Any decent cat would have taken more time to reel in than I had...
Reply by: highhorse2 Posted: 6/20/2012 8:15:38 AM Points: 113
I used to catch perch all the time back in the early 90's. Used to catch great walleyes in the lake if you could keep the perch off the line. Perch never had any size to them back then. Would catch 50 to 60 small perch in a trip out.
We used to get jumbo perch on the north side about 100 yds from the spillway. There is a submerged tree and if you can find it that's where the big perch will be. I haven't fished there in 15 years but I'd bet the tree is still there.