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Lake: Cherry Creek Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

Attention Creek Eye Anglers

Post By: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 3/10/2021 4:14:21 PM     Points: 10967    
Heads up for the Eye Anglers! It's in the rule book new change for 2021 closure fishing from the dams. Both Creek and Chatty>>>
1. Min. size for largemouth and smallmouth
bass is 15 inches long.
2. Bag and min. size for walleye is 3, 18 inches
3. Only 1 walleye longer than 21 inches may be
taken per day.
4. Fishing prohibited from dam and within 100
ft. of dam or walleye spawning nets Mar. 1
April 15, or until walleye spawning operations are complete.
5. Fishing prohibited on ponds in dog off-leash
1. Min. size for largemouth and smallmouth
bass is 15 inches long.
2. Bag and min. size for walleye is 3, 18 inches
3. Only 1 walleye longer than 21 inches may be
taken per day.
4. Fishing prohibited from dam and within 100
ft. of dam or walleye spawning nets Mar. 1
April 15, or until walleye spawning operations are complete.
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: Mar. 10, 6:14:25 PM     Points: 37    
So after the nets are up can you troll within 100 yards of dam? If not screw Chatfield and Cherry Creek. The reading of rule 4 makes no sense. But will let paddle boards all over the entire lake and pay no fee like boaters pay.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 10, 6:27:48 PM     Points: 8993    
puntfish . .having had a chance to work the nets at C.C.,I learned something about eyes that changed the way I think about the nets and the rules about the nets. Just like the fact that not all fish are hungry at the same time,so too when it comes to when they spawn.There is a reason CPW sets nets for a few weeks . . .not all eyes spawn at the same time.We start to troll cranks at C.C. as soon as they allow boats and we don't bother trolling the dam . . . .yup . .we troll main lake.Besides . . .without the nets,there would not be eyes as the eyes can't spawn naturally in C.C. and most CO lakes.
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Mar. 10, 7:47:49 PM     Points: 115    
Im happy they are able to get the nets up this year. I really appreciate everyone who volunteers...Especially this year.
 Reply by: ozzy      Posted: Mar. 10, 8:00:54 PM     Points: 4626    
they have done this for years, havent they?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 10, 8:47:14 PM     Points: 8993    
ozzy . . . .I'm 63 and can't remember when they did not put up nets.The nets are the heart of this states Walleye program/stocking.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: Mar. 11, 12:09:16 AM     Points: 9694    
I for 1 not buying the they can not spawn naturally in CC, in the last 10 years never have I seen so many first year eyes as this past year, so to me they did spawn and the fact that with only one day that nets were up more than the 3 or 4 million fry that were usually released back into Cherry Creek, never amounted to numbers that were coming to the boat this passed summer.

What is now swimming would have been in other lakes after CPW did their thing at the hatchery.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: Mar. 11, 7:26:58 AM     Points: 10967    
My bad the change to the 1st of March actually went into effect in 2019.
 Reply by: GrabBass      Posted: Mar. 11, 11:30:44 AM     Points: 298    
IFF all the brood lakes (CC, Chatty, and Pueblo) were stocked with the same amount of fry that they are in a "normal year." Enough eggs were collected (mostly from Pueblo) before spawning operations were shut down to stock these three bodies of water as normal. It is correct that natural spawn success is very low for walleyes in all of the above mentioned lakes. Not to say that it is impossible for some natural spawn to be successful just not the amount needed to sustain the fisheries.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Mar. 11, 12:47:42 PM     Points: 996    
So are the dams closed Mar 1-April 15 no matter what? Or only when the nets are out. Fished CC on Monday
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: Mar. 11, 1:53:42 PM     Points: 454    
March 1 - April 15 or until the nets are pulled, whichever comes first.

Thanks for posting, I forgot the dates had been bumped up.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 11, 10:32:39 PM     Points: 3000    
Was at Chatfield 3 nights this past week. People fishing on the dam every night I was out there. Not me, technically it's off limits even though the nets aren't out yet, and I don't want a ticket.

Wingman, the dam is off-limits beginning March 1, and until April 15 or whenever the nets are pullled once the spawning operation is over, whichever comes first.
 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Mar. 12, 2:54:01 PM     Points: 1028    
I'm going to give night fishing an attempt this year (I'm no pro, :) ).

Will it be obvious when they pull the net?

I struggle with the statement

"or until walleye spawning operations are complete."

How can you tell the operations is over.

for example, there no net now. did it start on 3/1 and is it over?

Just playing devil's advocate.

 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: Mar. 12, 6:42:48 PM     Points: 37    
No I understand to stay away from nets that's not my question. So after nets are down you can troll and fish off dam. This #4 rule is only for the nets. I read it as you can never fish from dam or troll within 100' of dam. So reading it again it is only during nets.
 Reply by: motoxxx43      Posted: Mar. 12, 9:41:58 PM     Points: 2629    
Same rules a Pueblo in regards to dam fishing. Never really saw it is such a big deal to fish around. The nets can be where ever they deem a successful area to obtain what they are after. Look at is as an opportunity to be creative and hunt down a new location. If you arrive before dark to an area you will know if there are nets or not by the fact there are buoys floating near the shore(pictured)
In a larger body of water the dam is going to have the deeper cooler water. If your looking for a walleye bite early why not try a shallower warmer spot? These things are active over a decent range of water temp. Lots of action to be had other than the dam, just putting that out there. Besides that mid to late April is looking to have better water temps this year as opposed to last year. They will probably have their quota before the second week of April.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 13, 7:51:34 AM     Points: 8993    
You want the newest info on the spawn nets? Ask the ANS inspector . . . .at C.C. the nets have floats to keep them from sinking . . . .the floats are easy to see.The CPW also sets up a workshop at the marina . . . .it's the white portable tent/cabana on the dock closest to the nets.Last year,when they stopped the egg colection,the workshop was gone the same day they pulled the nets.Lets not forget . . .what was it . .two years ago some clown at Chatty pulling the whole net back to the boat ramp!!!Any way you look at it . . .egg colection equals your future fish.You can't find fish in other parts of a lake? Your not a very good fisherman . . .CPW has enough problems without you being one of them!
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: Mar. 13, 9:04:32 AM     Points: 37    
Wow you you just broke two rules on this forum. You called another fisherman a clown and you you pointed your your opinion at another. Rule 2 no Personal Attacks. Gee I just broke the same rule. You
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 13, 10:59:25 AM     Points: 8993    
First off . . .it was some guy in a BIG power boat,not a fisherman.I don't know of any "fishing " boats powerful enough to haul a net of that size.Guess I did not "break" any rules.And second . . .I was talking in general,not pointing my opinion at anyone person.You don't want to know my opinion.The powers to be here will pull my replys if they feel I've "broken" any rules . . .
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 13, 5:34:15 PM     Points: 3000    
I was the person who discovered, and subsequently reported the spawn net (and No Wake buoy) being pulled out of the water and up onto the boat ramp at Chatfield back in March 2019. The dude that perpetrated that ignorant act deserves to be called a clown! lol (BTW, to follow up on that, it WAS the cigar boat that was doing hot laps around the lake after dark. He admitted to it in court, and received a pretty hefty fine too.)
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 14, 4:07:30 AM     Points: 8993    
Thanks River_FlyFisher,I may be getting old,but that night at the circus is hard to forget.
Just have to ask . . . .how much was the clown fined?
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 14, 8:18:36 PM     Points: 3000    
HP, I don't recall the exact amount. I was told that he had to pay for a new net and the labor to replace the buoy, plus about a $800 fine. The total was close to $2k if my memory serves. Not enough, if you ask me...

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