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Lake: Standley Lake
Fish: Smallmouth Bass

standley still serving up big uns...

Post By: kawigreen1      Posted: 7/20/2007 4:57:17 PM     Points: 1244    
I HAVE BEEN FISHING STANDLEY ALL SUMMER NICE LAKE - MY WIFE AND I HAVE GOTTEN MANY SMALLIES AND SOME WALLEYE TOO BUT ITS THE DAMNDEST THING SOME DAYS ITS HOT SOME DAYS ITS NOT I WENT OUT LAST WEEKEND THE MOON PHASE WAS PRIME SATURDAY RATED 98 OUT OF 100 - NOT 1 FISH... THEN SUNDAY IT RATED AT 82 OUT OF 100 AND WE GOT MANY FISH... GO FIGURE. IM NOT BUYING INTO THE CHARTS AND MOONS HOW BOUT EVERYONE ELSE....
 Reply by: Kentucky      Posted: 7/21/2007 8:31:37 PM     Points: 1192
I have fished it a lot this year and the smallies seem to be a better class this year. We have caught several in the 3 lb range. What kind of boat do you all fish out of. We have a blue/white Procraft fish & ski.
 Reply by: kawigreen1      Posted: 7/21/2007 9:53:56 PM     Points: 1244
MY WIFE AND I ARE ON A BASS TRACKER WE HAVE DONE NICE WITH SMALLIES TOO I LIKE STANDLEY BECAUSE THE AVERAGE FISH OF ANY SPIECIES IS ABOUT A POUND LARGER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IVE BEEN HERE IN COLORADO. WE WENT OUT SATURDAY AND GOT 6 KEEPERS ALL IN THE 2-3 LB RANGE GOOD EATS TOO.SPEAKING OF FISH STORIES I GAVE MY WIFE MY POLE ON SATURDAY ML SET UP WITH SENCO WORM SILVER FLAKE AND SHE HOOKED A SMALLIE THAT I AM CONVINCED WAS STATE RECORD MATERIAL SHE FOUGHT IT TO THE BOAT AND IT GOT OFF ABOUT 1.5' FROM MY NET PROBLEM WAS SHE WOULDNT STAND UP AND HE MADE SOME SLACK... BUT I GOT WITHIN 1FT AND IT WAS EVERY BIT OF 23-24 INCHES LOOKED EASY 5-7 LBS ... SHOUDA COULDA WOULDA ... {I GOT THE BIG FISH THIS DAY} BUT I WAS SWEATING FOR A WHILE ....
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 7/23/2007 9:30:25 AM     Points: 12812
You have obviously got that lake dialed. Keep in mind that those big smallies are probably at least 6 to 8 years old. Selective and limited harvest is the only way you or your wife will have a chance at the state record for any time to come. They cannot possibly grow fast enough to keep up with your catching. Nice catches though! CL
 Reply by: kawigreen1      Posted: 7/23/2007 3:40:49 PM     Points: 1244
I MUST CONFESS.... WE EAT THE S%#$ OUT OF FISH AND LOVE THE SMALLIES AT STANDLEY WE ARE VERY OBSERVANT OF THE RULES AND REGS AND CATCH ALL OUR FISH ON ARTIFICIAL BAITS.THAT SAID WE ONLY KEEP FISH BETWEEN 2.5 AND 3.5 LBS FOR BEST EATING SIZE AS FAR AS POPULATION IN STANDLEY I THINK WE ARE THE ONLY ONES OUT THERE WHO WANT THEM SO I AM HOPEFUL THEY WILL FEED MY FAMILY FOR MANY SUMMERS TO COME AND THE STATE RECORD STILL RESIDES IN THAT LAKE HE MAY BE A BIT HOOK SHY FOR A COUPLE OF SEASONS BUT I KNOW WHERE HE LIVES AND WILL CHECK BACK REGULARLY. ON AVERAGE WE CATCH 6-20 FISH AND TAKE 2-5 NEVER MORE THAN WE NEED [IT COSTS 15$ TO FISH THAT HOLE] .
 Reply by: EyeHunter27      Posted: 7/23/2007 7:51:26 PM     Points: 131
I think you just gave Chad an eye tick eating those big smallies! Those fish take a long time to get that big and are brood stock for future generations of smallies. Keep what you can, but don't be upset if those fish are tougher to come by down the road.
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 7/23/2007 11:27:36 PM     Points: 2307
I rather here you are eating four 1lbs to 2lbs fish then two larger fish. I would love to see the Dow put a slot limit on smallmouth. After a few years of bigger fish being released no telling how good the smallmouth fishing could get here in Colorado. Also when speaking of selective harvesting by removing some of the smaller fish in a lake you improve the odds of there being a larger state record class fish, not to mention what it does for the bait fish population. I do however feel for anyone whom wishes to keep a big fish. Itís hard to let them swim away and know that the next person that hooks it will most likely put it on ice. Living here in Colorado we are however faced with the fact that we have a limited amount of fishable water in this state. Especially warm water and most of or lakes are just over fished. The recent reopening of Antero shows exactly this point. All the big fish will be out of that lake soon and back to the stockers we go. Eat the stocked trout, eat the white bass and if itís not going to cause your mercury levels to go through the roof eat a few slotted walleye. Big bass weather they be largemouth of smallmouth should be a once in a blue moon thing. Like a gut hooked or gill ripped fish. It just takes to long for them to grow that big and compared to other states down south for largemouth and up north for smallies we are in the middle and bass grow slow here. Just the way I feel, but all that being said those are some nice fish and I am feeling the call to that lake and hope bye the time it cools of a little some of those big bass are still swimming in there.
 Reply by: dave-jamwerx-267      Posted: 7/23/2007 11:31:32 PM     Points: 51
"[IT COSTS 15$ TO FISH THAT HOLE]"

more cost to fish a hole doesnt = more fish to take home.

my average trip to spinney:

$60 in gas
$10 in food
$20 in supplies
$5 park pass
$95 - $100 total

Fish kept = 0

Its a free world and you can do as you please within the regs but at least think about it.

I remember 8-10 years ago you could go to south delaney and catch 40-60 20"-28" fish a day and then people started using it as their grocery store and all the big fish were gone within a year and catch rates dropped to less than 10 fish a day most 16"-20"

Im not per-say harping on you but just in general for readers because a lot of fishermen just dont get the fact that if you keep everything (or even most) of what you catch that there will be fewer fish and certainly less bigger fish.

My personal opinion is that if you want to use our fisheries as your personal grocery store that you go up when the kokanee are running and grab all you can and stock up for the year.

just my .02 cents

 Reply by: kawigreen1      Posted: 7/24/2007 6:24:09 AM     Points: 1244
Man- you guys are relentless! if i did take 1-2 lb fish they would be illegal - min size is 15" so I take what is leagally mine and you guys pile on... unreal I dont hoard fish just take what is a good meal for 2 adults and 2 kids and as mentioned i have seen and know of individuals all over this state that take anything that dosent fall through the webbing of their nets -that upsets me but to say that the 30 fish i take a year is going to impact the future of that lake is absurd. I dont take the really big ones because i want to maintain good fishing in the future and to read this you would think this forum was only visited by park rangers as i have seen a few others get hammered for taking fish i have words of wisdom for all - i asked in the begining about moon phases anyone care to reply to that ... as far as the fish i take home to feed my family " WHY DONT YOU FOCUS ON YOUR OWN DA#@ FAMILY" if you are so concerned about the local enviroment why dont you trade in those big guide rigs and 50000 hp diesel trucks and get out on the lake with wind surfers and fly poles and use pencil erasers to catch those trout or whatever we have enough of.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 7/24/2007 8:55:23 AM     Points: 12812
I'll speak to your moon phase question. IMO, things that affect the bite on any given day fall in this order of priority from most affecting to least affecting the fishing: Season, water temp change, water level change, weather on that day, weather immediately preceding that day, light levels, moon phase. If any of the variables remain stable, like water level not changing, then the others move up in priority. This is how I problem solve the bite. Some of these variables dictate fish locations (season, water level), some of them dictate the activity or feeding level (weather, light level), though they are all tied together to some degree. The only time I'd say moon phase is a major factor is during the peak spawning window (probably late May in Standley) or in tidal influenced areas of the country. CL
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 7/24/2007 11:40:27 AM     Points: 2307
Most the lakes I fish have a 12 inch min for smallies and 15 inch for largemouth. Guess this is why I spook of keeping 1 to 2 lbs fish. If thatís the length down there then so it is. Iím still in favor of a slot limit for smallmouth. As far as moon goes Chad is right when he speaks of tide and costal area being more affected. You get really high tides and really low tides due to the moon and this will definitely affect fish movement. The only time I see deference up here is when we are going into a full moon. Manly I have found that more fish are feeding at night when the moon is coming to be full. They can see better with some light as a back drop. When the moon is up if you are in the water then anything that passes over throws an easily visible shadow. Darker lures are better when this is the case. However this is affected bye things like cloud cover and wind. Surface action seems always to be more active when the moon is coming full. I also think that feeding slows down after the 2nd or 3rd day after the full moon. I believe this to be related to the heavy feeding that most fish have been doing for the past week and they are lazy and full coming off of a full moon. As fare as the rest of the month for me the moon is after thought. Weather and water is more important. I look at air pressure more then moon phase. Back to the keeping of fish bye no way am I a tree hugging fishing fundamentalist. I all for eating fish. Maybe itís just jealousy coming out over some of the hogs you are caching down there. Just sounding a little trepidation over the over fished and over harvested lakes here in Colorado. You have found a nice crop of big fish down there hope the well doesnít run dry.
 Reply by: dave-jamwerx-267      Posted: 7/24/2007 12:01:54 PM     Points: 51
im not a tree hugger either its just basic common sense.

your story is starting to contradict itself, sounds like you are fishing the lake a lot "I HAVE BEEN FISHING STANDLEY ALL SUMMER ", sounds like at least 2x a week and keeping a few fish each time, which would add up to a lot more than 30 fish.

But lets say you keep 30 fish from Standley and the 2000 other regulars there each keep 30 fish a year, thats 60,000 fish gone a year, thats A LOT of fish. And yes there are people who keep everything and chances are they end up throwing most of what they catch away. Colorado lakes arent like the big impoundments back east but they are getting fished a lot heavier. At this point I basically only fish lakes where its mostly fly fishing and mostly catch and release and its AMAZING how much better, bigger & more plentyful the fish are and these lakes get the fewest amount of stockings because they arent put and take lakes. Like Spinney Mountain, I think it only gets 40,000 fish a year, now imagine if Standley only got 40,000 fish a year, it would be in BIG trouble really quick.

I love it when im fishing somewhere and there is someone sitting there with a bucket full of fish and bitching about "why there arent any big fish left", they just don't get it and its kinda sad actually.

Again, if you are within the law then nothing anyone can say but when you fish out your lake please don't plan on coming to fish out my lake........


nice fish tho btw~








 Reply by: kawigreen1      Posted: 7/24/2007 1:19:06 PM     Points: 1244
I APPRECIATE THE MOON AND CHART INFO AS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE I WILL KEEP MY FISH STORIES TO MYSELF. SPEAKING TO THE AMOUNT OF FISHING I DO - ITS 1 DAY A WEEKEND I HAVE A JOB AND A FAMILY I DONT ALWAYS TAKE FISH SOME DAYS THEY ARE ALL TOO SMALL.IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT 2000 REGULAR FISHERMAN IN "MY LAKE" YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVENT BEEN THERE AND IF YOU HAD AND SPOKE TO ANYONE ON THE LAKE WALLEYES ARE THE ATTRACTION NOT BASS THIS YEAR HAS BEEN EXTREMELY TOUGH FISHING AND FOR 1ST 2 MONTHS I WAS LUCKY TO WALK AWAY WITH A SUN BURN AND NO FISH SO BACK HERE IN THE REAL WORLD IM TAKING WHATS GOOD FOR ME JAMWERX SITS ON A VERY HIGH PODIUM SO IM SURE I WILL NOT MAKE MY CASE TO HIM I JUST THANK GOD HE IS NOT ON MY LAKE AND BASED ON HIS PROJECTED FISHING TAKE I DONT WANT TO GO TO HIS LAKE ... EVER. AND THE PRESUMPTION THAT I HAVE FREE TIME TO CLEAN OUT A LAKE AND LIE ABOUT WHAT AND WHEN I GO GIVES ME AN INSIGHT TO HIS SCHEDULE AND MAYBE HE IS CLEANING OUT HIS LAKE.
 Reply by: twhart      Posted: 7/24/2007 1:28:21 PM     Points: 473
I have been a member for a few months now, and I think this site is terrific with a lot of good and useful information. Until now, I have never really felt the desire or need to post a reply. I think some of the members who replied to "kawigreen1" complaining about his harvest of fish should re-read [log in for link] View lakes needing updates...

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