Post By: ArmyDog Posted: 6/24/2012 10:35:15 PM Points: 0
Took my son out to Union Res today, tried crawlers, minnows, mussels, and various lures without much luck. Did have a few hits but only got one connect on the minnows, a perch roughly 10inches, not sure what the average is in colorado and try to show my son a healthy catch and release so of course he made a safe trip back to the water. On Friday evening I did have luck with the Wipers on mussels, they weren't keepers and I didn't have my camera sorry. Stick looking for advice as to where me and my son can find some Walleye, Crappie, and Bass, I know its gonna be a hard fish this time a year but I just got home from active duty and am trying to catch up on the fishing with my boy. Best of luck to all, tight lines!
Reply by: Little D Posted: 6/24/2012 10:55:59 PM Points: 738
First off I would like to say thanks for your service! Now, I've been fishing Union regularly lately and the smallmouth bass bite has been good ( for me anyways ) I've been fishing the swim beach area and if you wade out you can throw out some small 3in tube jigs ( I prefer the Berkley power tubes ) and drag them on the bottom. Dragging as in casting out and letting the tube fall on a slack line then reeling in the slack and slowly ( with your rod tip not the reel ) pulling it back to you 6-8 inches at a time making sure the there is no slack so you can feel the hit. It will be really fast so you have to be ready! You can fish like this from shore ( That's what I do most the time and the results are good ) The bass are usually 12-13 inches with some being 15inches ( still trying to get pictures up ) As far as wiper you are right on with the mussels. Just use a big weight and tie the mussel on with a string so you can get it far out there without fear of it falling off. You want to also try to wade out there to get the farthest cast you can. WIper are hard to catch this year ( at least for me ) because the last stocking from the DOW didn't go over very well ( Maybe someone else can chime in? ) I've caught walleyes using worms off shore doing the same thing I said above. But with the worms I like to use a small foam float to get the worm to float up in the water column. Hope this helps you! I was out there today also and the pressure that lake gets on the weekend is crazy! Way too many people! I think I'll stick to fishing week days! Good luck!
Reply by: ArmyDog Posted: 6/25/2012 12:46:35 AM Points: 0
Thank you so much for the info D! I really appreciate hearing from people who do common the waters and know how to get the action stirring! I agree with you about the weekends, I could not believe the pressure today, I usually go during the weekdays so I can happily say this will be my last weekend trip to Union haha. I have tried jigging the area with various rigs, but have not ever tried the dragging, will try that next time I'm there! Going to go to either Lonetree tomorrow or Boedecker and see if I can connect with any eyes or bass there, let everyone know how it goes, thanks again!
Reply by: ArmyDog Posted: 6/26/2012 10:43:08 AM Points: 0
Thank you for the advice! I actually did go to Boedecker yesterday with my son before trying Boulder res, don't know if it was the heat or if I'm in the wrong area or using the wrong bait, but I had a nibble but other then that had zero luck there. Didn't help that an hour into fishing a bunch of kids showed up and decided it was a good idea to post up about 100 feet from me and start swimming and throwing rocks and all that other wonderful crap, gotta love that! Any advice as to where I should throw in at, or what I should be using? Thank you again partner!
Reply by: Voltron Posted: 6/26/2012 11:11:43 AM Points: 5
ArmyDog, where were you fishing? the whites that i caught on my white bass report were all caught by the pump house on the dam. The action was super slow when it was hot. We had to wait until almost 930pm for the action to start picking up. We were using shrimp, minnows and sucker meat off the bottom. If you want crappie, then minnows will also work by the pump house. They're really small tho. All crappies caught were 5-8 inches long only. we threw them all back, only one came in at 14". I hope this helps you out. If you're into night fishing for some cats, boedeckers got some big ones in there. we were also targeting the cats but none showed up. Good luck.
Reply by: lewdog Posted: 6/26/2012 11:38:11 AM Points: 691
If u wanna catch some small mouth go to horsetooth n fish anyplace with rocks. Use a senko wacky rigged in watermelon color. I probably had 80 fish in one day. That was two weeks ago. The bite is probably better now.
Voltron and Lewdog, thank you very much for the info!! When I was at Boedecker I was a lil up from the dam and it was hot! we left well before dark so maybe that was the issue, I love fishing night day rain or shine so I am gonna try tomorrow am and probably night see what I can come up with, Saturday we are heading up to Horsetooth so I will try for the smalls around the rocks and see how it does, is it anywhere in particular on Horsetooth or just anywhere with good rocks/cover?