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Lake: Rocky Mountain Lake
Fish: Black Crappie

RM Crappie

Post By: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/22/2012 10:24:32 PM     Points: 5380    
Went to check out RM Lake for the first time today. The Crappie kept hitting the Flukes and Tubes I was throwing to target the Bass so I switched to swimming Grubs. That was the ticket. I landed 20+ Crappie and 3 LM Bass in about an hour.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/22/2012 10:28:17 PM     Points: 5380    
Before anyone goes to fill their freezers, consider the safety. There are signs about mercury and besides that I would not eat anything out of there because of potential for other pollutants.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 8/23/2012 2:32:18 PM     Points: 4655    
What size were the crappie and bass?
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/23/2012 2:38:30 PM     Points: 5380    
The Crappie were all 7" - 10". Bass were approx. 9", 11", and 12"
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 8/23/2012 2:54:16 PM     Points: 4655    
Thanks Spicy, I had heard there were some crappie in this lake but never fished for them or saw anyone catch one before. I have fished for bass a few times with some success on similar sized fish. So much of the lake is unfishable because of the tules and cattails and I think this limited access keeps a fair number of decent fish in the lake. I wish I could boat or float tube those in-accessible areas.
 Reply by: KingFisher13      Posted: 8/23/2012 3:14:36 PM     Points: 107    

Wow, that's great info, Thanks! I've never fished there before, but just looked, and it's not far. Definatly worth the drive if I can keep my limit of Crappie! Thanks for the mercury warning, but if it's legal to keep there, I'm sure it's fine..

Thanks again for the report. Maybe I'll see you out there. I'll probably fish it a few afternoons w/in the next week. I can eat a lot of Crappie! :D If you see me. (I'll hopefully be the guy with two camo buckets full of Crappie :) Or the guy with two empty camo buckets :/) say Hey!
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/23/2012 11:10:59 PM     Points: 5380    
KingFisher-
You are way more trusting of water quality then I am. I don't believe the man has the motivation or the resources to test and inform people of the realities of pollution dangers. Enjoy your catch but eat in moderation to ensure good health. I would be particularly careful if feeding children, sick, or elderly.
 Reply by: BigFishSmallPond      Posted: 8/24/2012 12:40:23 AM     Points: 0    
Funny, I was out there the same day (afternoon) using the same thing, targeting crappie and I was the only guy on the lake. Didn't catch a single crappie, but the usual small bass you're talking about. Were you using a float, or free casting?
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/24/2012 7:09:44 AM     Points: 5380    
I fished from about 4 to 5. I used a curly tail grub with a very light jig. Casted out and reeled slow with occasional twitch.
 Reply by: BigFishSmallPond      Posted: 8/24/2012 11:36:17 PM     Points: 0    
Nice, and thanks for the heads up. I was actually out there the day prior to you, fishing the side by the highway mostly, but was on top with a float. Looks like I was fishing above their heads! I love crappie, but will be putting any I catch there back in for the next guy due to the metals.
 Reply by: KingFisher13      Posted: 8/25/2012 7:28:47 AM     Points: 107    
Spicy, can I ask what spot you were fishing? Which side of pond, certain spot of cover, depth, etc...?

Thanks
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/25/2012 8:15:16 AM     Points: 5380    
I went all around the pond and found them wherever I could get to a clearing. They were hitting a foot under the surface. I don't know if I was just there at the right time or what, but they hit every other cast and hooked up every 4th or so in most spots. I'll try again this week to see if I was just was lucky.
 Reply by: KingFisher13      Posted: 8/25/2012 8:18:41 AM     Points: 107    
 Reply by: BigFishSmallPond      Posted: 8/26/2012 12:17:17 AM     Points: 0    
Blow's my mind. I know a couple other places around the metro area where I can almost always catch a dozen or so in an afternoon, but did pretty much the same as you and didn't even get a bite the day prior at RM. Maybe I was using the wrong color jig. I've caught a few there maybe 20 years back, but nothing to write home about. Good luck on your next trip!
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/28/2012 11:43:35 PM     Points: 5380    
Went out for 45 minutes today to see if last weeks catches were just good timing. Although the Crappie were not biting nearly as aggressive today, I did manage to land 3 LM Bass (6",9",11") and 3 nice (8-9") Crappie on curly tail grub and small fluke. I lost another couple of Crappie and a few Bass as well. I think I will go back to targeting the larger LMB next time.
 Reply by: BigFishSmallPond      Posted: 8/30/2012 12:26:15 AM     Points: 0    
What color grubs were working. I went back out and chartreuse wasn't working, the weeds were a real pain too. Been having good luck at some of the other metro lakes though.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 8/30/2012 7:57:04 AM     Points: 5380    
I had luck with several colors.. chartreuse curly tail. peach body with chartreuse curly tail. small baby bass fluke. yellow cricket. all got hits. I tossed it anywhere I had I narrow window between weed patches. sometimes could only reel or jig for a few feet before flipping jig out to recast.

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