I was camping on a private ranch right near Red Feather Lakes this weekend and there was a small private cattle pond on it I tried to fish with no luck. There are allegedly trout in it, but we didn't see anything other than suckers. I didn't see any of size, but my buddy said he saw a huge one about two feet long. The state record is from 1990 out of the Colorado River at 23.25".
Is it possible that a sucker this size could survive in a pond only a couple square acres and 10' deep or so? I also know that there are crawfish in there for a food source. The ranch owners confirmed that there were suckers in there and to toss em in the woods if we caught any, which we didn't. Seems strange since there is an onerous coyote in the area, but its their lake. Also, what would the winter kill be like in a lake of this nature in that area?