Post By: RRD Posted: 9/14/2012 7:42:36 AM Points: 0
I am excited to say I am making my way to Colorado this coming week. I am lucky enough to go there for my job. A little about me, I am a 26 year old who works for out of Fargo, ND. I grew up on the lakes in northern Minnesota (Itasca State park area). I got heavily into catfishing about 6 years ago and I now run a catfishing forum for the Red River of the North, which empties north into lake Winnipeg. The Red River is an amazing channel cat fishery, if you are not familiar. I will be staying in FC for the whole week, and was hoping I could maybe get some advice on where to go, what to use, etc. The last place I was at was southern Nebraska, I met a great guy from the Nebraska game and fish he brought me out and I ended up with a MA channel cat which was 37.5" @ 24#, not my biggest channel, but an awesome trip! If anyone has ANY advice that would be great! Much appreciated. I am also not sure what I want to fish for, not quite sure what my options are and what's fun to catch over there.
Reply by: FISHRANGLER Posted: 9/14/2012 8:26:40 AM Points: 4409
If your in th Ft collins area for that week I would hook up with Branch Dr hes got that area figured out for cattin Wellington res #4 loveland lake in loveland BD has that lake figured out Pella Lon hagler Horse shoe lake City park lake fort collins dont pass that up. Lone tree res Are just some you can do some research on if you like. As far as what to use? If you have been cattin for 6 years you know what to use. Make sure to research a little what baits are leagl while here. do you have a link to your Web site? Have fun Peace and catfish chickin fingers CPR big cats
I am more curious about fishing some species of fish I have never fished before. Any suggestions of another species besides cats,eyes, or bass? I am not sure if posting my forum link is against this forums policy. I'd have to check that out first.
Maybe some Colorado trout fishing might interest you. West of Ft Collins the poudre river runs through the canyon - good for rainbow and brown trout - or try some of the high mountain lakes above the canyon. Chambers for rainbows, Barnes meadow for cutbows, Joe Wright for arctic grayling, or hike into Zimmerman for a chance to catch native greenback cutthroats. One week isn't enough time. Good luck to ya.
My personal favorite is new fishing experiences, whether it's new species or new terrain. With that perspective, if I were visiting from ND, I'd stream-fish the Rockies. If you're coming to Fort Collins, I'd say hit Rocky Mountain National Park (pay attention to special regs), the Poudre River, or one of its tributaries in the Comanche Peaks Wilderness. There are also high mountain lakes and reservoirs as has been mentioned earlier. Good luck!
I was just up the big Thompson today, water flows looked better than the last few months but it was packed.will be hot during early hours during the week, just find the deeper holes. Lake Estes was slammed and the bite was tough. There were elk all over if you wanted to see some big boys they are at the golf coarse on the north side of the lake right off of highway 34. We went to lily lake, didn't fish cause of wind and tourists but weekdays are awesome. All catch and release with barbless single hooked artificial lures but fish were everywhere and rising. Good luck and enjoy Colorado!