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Lake: Rifle Gap Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

Jumbo Perch, Small Pike

Post By: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/13/2007 5:11:50 PM     Points: 184622    
I was on the West Slope this weekend and managed to get a few hours fishing in on Rifle Gap Reservoir. If you're wanting Jumbo perch this is the place. My best was 13 inches, smallest 8 inches. I fished the West inlet area. The perch were along the North and South shores in 5-8 feet of water tight to the bottom. Water is clear mostly, but there are mud lines next to shore due to the boat traffic. Water is 59-61 degrees and the afternoon thunder storms kicked up the winds and made it difficult in a float tube.

I also caught several small pike to 24 inches. They were near the surface but holding over 8-15 feet of water, which surprised me.

All my fish came on 3 inch Gray/white clousers. The perch liked a slow retrieve, but the pike preferred a faster strip.
 Reply by: Laddie      Posted: 5/14/2007 5:47:39 PM     Points: 82
I am from New Castle just down the road, where else do you fish over here? I might be going out tomorrow to Harvey or Rifle.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/14/2007 9:36:00 PM     Points: 184622

I fish Harvey Gap annually. The crappie and perch fishing there last year was unbelievable. The crappie action was so fast we finally tired of catching fish and went looking for other species for a change of pace.

Other areas I try to fish every year over there are the Roaring Fork, Eagle, White and Colorado Rivers. All great fisheries. I used to live on the West Slope and have fished a lot of the Grand Mesa and other waters in the region. There are some real good trout fisheries in your neck of the woods. I have a lot of friends and family in GJ so I get over several times a year.
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