Reply by: nightangler Posted: 6/21/2012 10:15:50 AM Points: 1278
I'm glad that this is a somewhat private water because I know I'm not a big fan of seeing over a dozen dead fish (especially bass) on a sidewalk so i can only imagine the response you will get for posting that picture from the real C&R guys. I'll keep an eye or two and probably a Wiper or two if caught so don't think I am attacking your post.
Either way, those are some nice crappie that I bet were delicious!!!! I have yet to get into a crappie in Colorado, but i dont actively target them either...
Reply by: Reifer Posted: 6/21/2012 10:27:14 AM Points: 103
NSCAR, Eat away my friend. You have to pay to fish this lake you can fish it how the operating agency say you can. Just like every other lake in CO. You pay to fish them and as long as you are not breakin the rules, then eat away. Of course some lakes require further consideration. It's fun to fish, it's fun to catch, but the best part is the eating. Nice job
I would love to hit that lake up, just can't swing it this weekend. My oldest is turning 9.
we ate every one of those fish....there is no limit on what you can keep and for the numbers in the reservoirs they need to be thinned out.We also have caught catfish,striped bass and walleye so far. and as a PAYING member and cause I WORK at the steel mill,I can fish and eat what I catch.There are more 2lb bass in their than needs to be,I am still hoping for a state record one of these days,I just thought I would share some fishing success with the board!
nscar, No need to justify yourself to anybody on here if you are fishing legally. Sadly, there are many on here that try to bully people that don't share their way of thinking. In the end, it's really none of their business. I'm sure that made for a great fish fry.
Reply by: TroutLion Posted: 6/26/2012 6:36:33 AM Points: 560
Personally, I found the fishing difficult. I got there about 4:30 AM, and the temperature was 68 degrees, about the same as the water temp. At about 5AM a strong wind blew up from the west at about 10 to 15 MPH making everyone wonder whether we could float the lake. That settled by the starting horn to less than 5 MPH and it stayed down the better part of the morning. Still only a small number of tubes ended up on the water. I put in near the registration area on the east side of St. Charles 3 and began moving west to move to the other side of a vast weed mat that floats just off the eastern shoreline and extends out up to a hundred yards or so before opening up. There were a few good fish rising early on the far side of the weeds, but I failed to connect to any of them, though I worked the water pretty hard. There was a lot of contradictory information on the lake topography, varying from it being flat bottomed with a max depth of 12 to 14 feet to another report of it being a hundred feet deep in the middle. I don't run a depth finder, but I would estimate that I had some spoons and swimbaits that I was able to get down to about 35 to 40 feet, and I could not cover anywhere near the whole lake, so it would not surprise me to find that it maxes around 50. I can believe it supports some big fish. I saw a lot of smaller fish being taken, so the lake is overpopulated with some species. In my morning session I specifically targeted striper/wiper, and came up blank until late in the morning when a crappie took my spoon. I had a couple hits I missed, and I had one other fish on line that felt like a wiper of 12 to 16 inches, but I never got it close enough to see it before it shook off the lure. I felt I had done very poorly, but at lunch, most of the anglers I spoke to had only caught 1, 2 or no fish at all. All of the prize winners I saw that I specifically heard about were caught from shore, while the tubers were plying the deep waters in hopes of hitting something bigger, like I was. By the end of the morning session, the conditions had turned way too hot, near 100 degrees, and I came off the water completely exhausted and dehydrated. I considered not fishing the minnow bucket finale, but ended up staying and fishing from shore. By that time the temperature had hit 103, which was absolutely stifling, in my opinion. I caught one more fish, a small bass, and tried targeting some carp near shore, but could not get them to take. I would go back to the tourney next year, but not if it's held when the temps get up to 100 degrees. I hope they move the date to spring or fall, when it's easier to float and the big fish are not down deep and so difficult to find. I had fun, but I came home utterly exhausted. Fishing doesn't always have to be easy, but if fishing was always that difficult, I'd probably quit. If you knew me well, you'd know that's saying a lot.
well from what I heard it was a very hot day but all in all I think they did pretty good..despite being a lot of work...as of yet I havnt floated a tube and only fished from shore....went out this morning and caught 5 LM 2 of which were over 17 inches....gonna be great to eat!!!