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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir

Williams Fork 4-12-07

Post By: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/12/2007 10:08:08 PM     Points: 86    
I got skunked. Actually it was a terrible day all together and I think that might have affected my fishing(that I am going to whine about now so skip to the next paragraph if you just want to hear about fishing). Woke up this morning around 5 and felt like shit so I went back to bed (knowing that it was going to really shorten my day of fishing that I had been looking forward to non stop meant I really was dying). Got back out of bed at 8:30 and finally got out of fort collins around 9:30 after getting my gear together which I meant to do the night before but it was my buddys birthday which explains why I felt so bad this morning. At this point I'm feeling good knowing that I'm going to get at least a half day of fishing in and get my first chance at a colorado pike(my goal this season). I decided to try and cut through estes park which was a terrible decision as they are doing construction on 36 meaning I had to back track all the way around the park and try and use some highways and cr that I had never driven to get me to parshall. This added a little less then another 2 hours onto my drive (it was also at this point that I realized that I left my camera at home) Anyways by the time I got my line wet it was around 3 and I had gone through twice as much gas as was neccesary.

About the fishing, having never been there before I drove around the lake and decided that with the ice and the weather we have been having the east bank looked the most promising. I parked at the campground and worked my way north as there was still alot of ice in south and west (except in the fingers but I didn't think they would be good with all the cold weather but that could have been a mistake). I worked spoons and jerkbaits without any luck. I was going to try a buzzbait when my reel birdsnested on me and I decided to call it a day and just went and scouted around some more. There was a slight south/south east breeze that picked up a couple times and the snow made a brief flurried appearance once for about 5 minutes. On the positive side I now have a better understanding of the lake and I know where i'm going to start next time and I won't try to cut through rocky mtn park without calling first.
 Reply by: leeslake      Posted: 4/13/2007 8:40:20 AM     Points: 20
Sorry you had such a rough day. How much ice was left. Thanks for the report.
 Reply by: TheBaum      Posted: 4/13/2007 10:09:14 AM     Points: 2465
Sounds familiar!
 Reply by: PoPoJiJo      Posted: 4/13/2007 10:46:41 AM     Points: 86
I'd say it's about 60% covered still, give it some warm weather and there should be complete ice off soon.
 Reply by: EricCO      Posted: 4/13/2007 11:18:11 AM     Points: 277
I alway had better luck for pike at that lake in the fall. Of course I've never had much luck at the lake period anyways.

Seems that the store in Kremmling doesn't report good fishing for pike until about August. Before then it's always "some trout are being caught."

Keep after it though as that and stagecoach have always been better for me with the Pike. Spinney and 11 mile always kick my butt.
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