Post By: agt Posted: 2/20/2012 8:36:29 AMPoints: 70
I would like to get into some panfish early in the year. I don't know of any locations so if you know of one that will help. Try to keep it in the Fort Collins area. I'm also unsure of what bait to use. Thanks, AGT
Reply by: ScottyMagoo Posted: 2/20/2012 8:58:26 AM Points: 13
Dixon Reservoir, North Shields Ponds, and Arapaho Bend are great places to get into sunfish. the classic worm and bobber technique seemed to work pretty well, but most often i used small crank baits usually an inch long or so. Look into North Shields Ponds. I spent many days out there last year catching too many sunfish to count, with the occasional bass or crappie.
Reply by: smalliefan Posted: 2/20/2012 9:36:49 AM Points: 26
I don't know if you fly fish or tie flies, but you can always use a bubble on a spinning rod. A small hook with a bit of black thread works really well. Add a little peacock hurl and it works even better. I have had fish swallow these flies. You don't need a pattern, just make it look buggy and keep it small, keep it small. Did I say keep it small? Just cover thee hook. Less is a lot better. Bluegills have small mouths and are shy. I have watched them study a larger bait but commit to a smaller one a lot quicker. In addition, most of the ones I have seen around here are on the small side to begin with, typical of a lake with a small 9 - 11 inch bass population and a big bluegill population. I am sure the big carp populations don't help the bluegills grow. If the hook is too big, you won't catch any. I would have said the same locations as the previous post, so I won't repeat it except to add that almost any of the Fort Collins ponds shown on a Fort Collins fishing map holds bluegills.
Reply by: agt Posted: 2/20/2012 10:31:00 AM Points: 70
ScottyMagoo, I couldn't agree more. North shields is one of my go to places to catch a bunch. I have never caught bass or crappie there. Where did you catch your bass? I have caught questionable fish that look like perch but they could just be oddly colored sunfish. Which of the three ponds has worked best? Thanks
Reply by: ScottyMagoo Posted: 2/21/2012 9:15:24 AM Points: 13
Agt- I've caught bass and crappie out of the first pond right off shields. Supposedly there are a few catfish in there as well. I've seen a couple bass in the smaller pond to the west, but never hooked up with any. There are so many small panfish in that pond, but I never caught anything with any size whatsoever. You're right about the big pond its full of sunfish, perch, and bluegill. I've caught sunfish and perch out of that pond that were pushing MA lengths.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/21/2012 9:19:53 AM Points: 2712
That would be Cottonwood Glen guys. Fun little pond that you can ice fish for crappie, nothing large, about 5 to 6", but so active it's only one rod because two is just too crazy. Small largemouth bass, bluegill, and green sunfish also reside in there. It is prone to winterkill when we have really cold winters (winterkilled about 4 years ago). But basically since most ponds are open, anywhere will work. Also look into Golden Meadows as that is one of my favorite little places. Rolland Moore should have some good action between the pump house to the basketball courts and around the rocky riprap. Sheldon lake, aka City Park, should also be pretty good around the shorelines and handicap dock area.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/21/2012 9:36:38 AM Points: 2712
Nice Scotty, My best was 15" out of there on a popper. If you really want the bass, hit the north side. Spinners and poppers work really well. However, during this season, just worms or some slow jigs might be more appropriate. Work the weed mats and cattails, that's where they are at.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/21/2012 9:48:06 AM Points: 2712
Yes, you can wade them. However, it is deeper than you think. If you looked at a map, about halfway across the narrow section, there is a dropoff. From the dock, I cast at about 10 o'clock and then slowly pull my bait to me until I reach it. I catch channel cats and black bullheads there. I think there could be a good sized cat in there, but I just haven't put in the time for it. If you wade it, use chest waders and be careful, there is a lot of sludge in them that can make it difficult and you may lose a boot. I've been in them for sampling and plain fishing. If you're wading, I suggest the W half as you can find a way all the way across. Find the cobble bottom and stay on it. The ridge that works around is amazing.
Reply by: bronc Posted: 2/21/2012 10:06:33 AM Points: 32
All this talk about the ponds has me heading out to see if there is any open water on that back pond. I wouldn't mind catching a couple fat perch for dinner 2nite. Thanks for the tips on the wading I never wade without chest waders and a belt.
Reply by: bronc Posted: 2/21/2012 10:11:03 AM Points: 32
The back pond is full of perch. If I am thinking of the wrong place I will be sure to post when I get back lol. Where I am thinking is north end the river is just to the south as is an emrgency services shack.
Reply by: panfishin Posted: 2/21/2012 10:16:04 AM Points: 8269
just about any pond you stop at will have a population of sunnies. fly and bubble, worm and bobber, small spinners/spoons/cranks are dynomite! there are a couple of ponds behind a 4x4 shop north of downtown, and i can't think of the names right now, but if you head out there in the evenings it is non-stop action on small flies. and as a bonus there have been several MA bass pulled out of there too. i've caught bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crappie, and green sunfish in there. as soon as i find the name i'll post it back up. Dixon is another personal favorite of mine.
Reply by: bronc Posted: 2/21/2012 10:20:26 AM Points: 32
I will get back there around 11ish prolly if you want my number email me on my skipper link and I will shoot it to you. I am going to hit a few other lakes around the area to see how much open water there is b4 I get there.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/21/2012 10:37:21 AM Points: 2712
Well, if it was 7 months ago, you'd be eligible for another temp hire. I would check in a the Prospect office for the front desk. They've had a notice up for a student for a long time. If they haven't found anyone, someone they've hired before would have a good chance at getting it.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/21/2012 11:29:44 AM Points: 2712
panfishin, I pulled one of my personal best creek chub (unexpected) from there, 10". However, I normally catch 14 to 16" browns and maybe a few 14" bows. There are some awesome opportunities there. Downstream to Legacy is also good.
One of my favorite spots is the Poudre from North Shields upstream! I usually just walk the riverbed. I've caught and seen some nice 16" browns in that stretch.
I've used 1"bomber crankbaits, althought o haven't seen my favorite color in the small size in several years...metallic blue on top w/a Chrome bottom and a couple black stripes across the back. I've seen tons of em in the larger size. I've caught a good number of panfish, bass and trout on that one little lure.
Reply by: ScottyMagoo Posted: 2/22/2012 12:07:08 AM Points: 13
I agree on the Strike King bitsy minnow. Those things are awesome. I've caught bass, crappie, panfish, and even trout on them. They sell them at walmart. also the nano crank by mizuno (i think) produced pretty well.
Reply by: bronc Posted: 2/22/2012 8:30:22 AM Points: 32
The front pond is about half open. The whole west side is open prolly from about ten yard from the dock to the edge. The back pond is completely open the river is free of ice. I may go out tomorrow and fish it in the lil bit of snow we are sposed to get.
Reply by: bronc Posted: 2/22/2012 10:47:17 AM Points: 32
I am going to go in later today. I applied for a temp job at the bellvue hatchery and one at the cherokee SWA. I think I am getting just the motivation I have needed for a while to go finish my degree.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/23/2012 9:33:08 AM Points: 2712
Legacy varies in water depth. Right now the deepest hole is about 5-6' and the runs around 2'.
Prospect ponds have largemouth bass, bluegill, shad, cats, carp, green sunfish, and wiper (haven't heard one come out for years, probably all gone). The little pond that is connected to the water plant always produces since it's warmer. We've had our belly boat out there and that was fun. However, I think the north pond would be fun to try next time as we only boated the south pond.
The poudre right there can be very productive also for browns, bows, bass, and perch.
Fishseal I did get your email and emailed you back just wanted to make sure you got it. I am thinking about changing my linked account because it seems like my emails get sent to junk when I respond oftentimes.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 2/24/2012 7:30:11 AM Points: 2712
bronc, I got it thanks.
agt, Yes, that is Cottonwood Glen, at the S end of Overland Trail. You can use anything and they'll slay it. I have had a couple of slow days, but usually a small white lure or bait suspended by a bobber around 2 to 3 feet will work.