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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

First Walleye

Post By: Miller      Posted: 4/15/2007 11:31:38 AM     Points: 21    
I am a new member on Fishexplorer and I'd like to say what a great forum this is for like-minded individuals to get together and help each other catch more fish. I have been soaking up all the info I can on here, and I finally have some good news to report. My buddy and I just started lake fishing this year (before this season I was primarily a river fly fisherman) we bought a 14' Lund and we are having a blast with it. On Saturday I caught my first fish from the new boat, and my first 2 Walleye. The first one was about a 17" male and the second was over 20". Really exciting for my first two Colorado walleye. I got them both on a crawdad colored tube jig on the bottom. We were fishing the shoreline of the two coves on the southen end of the lake. Also lots of carp very aggressive in the shallows but we could not figure out how to get them (I tried woolly buggers on my flyrod). We have lots to learn so I'll definetly be checking the site often (especially when I am at work and wishing I was out on the water).
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/15/2007 11:36:44 AM     Points: 6191
Very well done. I wish I had a boat.
 Reply by: moto515      Posted: 4/15/2007 5:15:10 PM     Points: 13
That looks like a great Walleye. That puts you 2 ahead of me so far. Adam I'm glad to hear your enjoying the boat. It took me a second to catch it in the picture. We will have to hook up sometime. I wanted to get out to Aurora Res. today but way too much wind for me. I'l be out there Tuesday. Thanks for the update! Mike
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/15/2007 6:01:45 PM     Points: 184622
Nice walleye. Gives me hope that I may actually catch something other then carp this year. :)

On the carp and flies. Use an intermediate, slow sinking or sink tip line, that will help keep the fly in front of the fish. I use slower retrieves, a lot of twitch and pause stuff. Costs me a few flies, but it does produce a lot of carp. And I do use fairly heavy leaders, 3x-1x.

 Reply by: stephen-rawdawg-282      Posted: 4/15/2007 8:08:57 PM     Points: 26
great looking fish...i will be going there tomorrow morning and hopefully more this week....any places you can recomend for fishing fom shore? thanks for the pics!
 Reply by: Miller      Posted: 4/16/2007 8:54:20 AM     Points: 21
There were some guys fishing from shore about where I caught the second one. That was in the South Platte inlet portion, on the East side of the cove. There is an old cabin on a hill on the shoreline. Looking at the State Parks map I would say it was around "Slocum Cabin" and the park headquarters. I was about 200 yards from shore. Hope this is Helpful
 Reply by: Miller      Posted: 4/16/2007 9:02:08 AM     Points: 21
Hey Mike,

Nice to see you on here, the boat is just awsome. We have had it out 5-6 times already and it runs perfectly. It is really easy to launch and it handles great, couldn't ask for a better boat. We've definately learned a allot since we got it both about boats and fishing and it finally paid off this weekend. It would be great to go fishing some time and soak up some of your knowledge, maybe with your new boat. See you around.
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