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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir
Fish: Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)


Post By: JV_Fishcatcher      Posted: 4/11/2007 8:36:38 PM     Points: 13    
need help on lures for these fighters. i have never caught any when fishing with bait but never really had the patience but i would like to know what lures work best and where to fish on pueblo this time of the year. info would be greatly appreciated. please include color of best results:)
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/11/2007 10:11:18 PM     Points: 184622
I only fly fish for Wipers, but this may be of some help. When targeting Wipers I use 2-5 inch flies, in two basic styles Clousers, and deceivers. The colors I opt for are Grey/white (shad) and Olive/white (emerald shiner). In terms of lures, I suspect similar sized and shad colored baits would be equally effective. Note these are streamer lures that effectively imitated bait fish. My retrieves are varied but tend to be fast strips, with frequent pauses.

I concentrate my efforts in the morning and evening hours along shorelines looking for the Wipers pushing/following bait or bait fish themselves. Most every wiper I've caught has been in 10 ft or less of water and in water warmer then 50 degrees. Shad and other bait fish often move up shallow in low light conditions to feed, and you can be sure the wipers will be near by. Read Matt's article on fly fishing for wiper, its has a lot of great info that is general in nature and is very applicable to all fishing methods.

Best of luck, I find wipers to be challenging, but well worth the effort.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 4/12/2007 6:42:46 AM     Points: 12707
Try lipless crankbaits (Frenzy Ratlr's, Rat L Trap, Ratlin Raps), jerkbaits (Firestick Minnow, X Rap), or topwater walking baits (Frenzy Walker, Zara Spook) - all in natural baitfish colors or chrome. 3-4 inch Power Grub on 1/4oz jighead in white or smoke is also a good choice. Quick, erratic retrieves will usually trigger wipers. For Pueblo, I'd start mid lake and head west along the channel. Good luck. CL
 Reply by: fish      Posted: 4/12/2007 12:34:10 PM     Points: 6675
try 3 inch sassy shad pearl in color also try charturse. on a good jig head 1/2 ounce.vary your retreive fast works well.
 Reply by: jbowen43      Posted: 4/12/2007 4:04:56 PM     Points: 282
We like rat l traps (chrome/black and chrome/blue)and Thinfins (shad). Thin fins are definitely underrated but cost more than rat l traps. All the rest mentioned by others work well, too. These are very agressive fish and don't pass up much that looks like food.
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