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Fish: Mountain Whitefish


Post By: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 12/3/2012 3:14:23 PM     Points: 255    
I'm looking for a spot to get into a few whitefish, as I hear the fishing is alright for them in the winter, and they're pretty tasty too. I know the roaring fork has them, but is there anywhere a little closer to the front range that I could catch a few for the smoker? Thanks, appreciate it!

Stay Sharp
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: 12/3/2012 4:40:17 PM     Points: 13540
I have caught some and seen some caught out of the Poudre on small bead heads. Good luck.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 12/3/2012 4:50:23 PM     Points: 3482
What he said. However, they aren't in great numbers, but they are there.
Lowest I think I've heard of one is around the confluence with the North Fork of the Poudre.
However, they are definitely found higher.

Good luck with that chase.

 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 12/3/2012 5:04:02 PM     Points: 255
Thanks for the help, but it appears my best bet is at the Roaring Fork. Anyone got any suggestions, tactics, flies, locations? From what I understand, people are pretty loose with whitefish info, which is kind of a plus. I really don't see why, as they are pretty tasty and appear to fight pretty hard.

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 Reply by: tracks      Posted: 12/4/2012 9:48:44 AM     Points: 267
Hop in the water between Aspen and Basalt, use anything that will lure a trout, their mouths are small so no really big flies, When they're on they are a lot of fun and they can be big through there.
My take from fishing there ten years ago, it's probably still similar to that.
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 12/4/2012 11:03:57 AM     Points: 461
Used to catch whitefish all the time in Montana. Never did like the taste of them and they have tons of bones. Thought I heard GGC has them but can not confirm for sure.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 12/4/2012 11:16:50 AM     Points: 184622
In my opinion the best whitefish river is the White River from below Meeker (all private below town, but it is possible to get permission on some of the properties), upstream to all the way to just below Trappers. The best populations are between Buford and Meeker. There is a fair amount of public access, but it isn't always well marked.

The problem is the long haul.

Don't overlook the Eagle River and Colorado River, especially in Glenwood Canyon and around Glenwood (lots of access).

If you don't have one, pick up the River access maps for the Roaring Fork and also one for the Colorado. [log in for link] They are available in Glenwood and Carbondale Fly shops also.

 Reply by: tbblom      Posted: 12/4/2012 1:52:08 PM     Points: 140
They should be hugging the bottom, so use split shot or a heavy nymph.
They don't give up easy...
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 12/4/2012 2:54:57 PM     Points: 255
Thanks all, and yeah I never did really like the taste of whitefish by itself, but it makes great pate, like bluefish.

Stay Sharp
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 12/4/2012 4:09:03 PM     Points: 840
if you do catch them and decide to eat them, I prefer to smoke whitefish, that is in my opinion the best way to eat them. They are very boney.
 Reply by: saltyfresh      Posted: 12/4/2012 7:38:15 PM     Points: 352
I know they are also in the Yampa downstream from Steamboat Lake...culinarypunk caught one on an HD when we were there this summer.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 12/6/2012 5:08:54 PM     Points: 172
Colorado River through Glennwood Canyon at either Grizzly Creek or No Name Creek rest stops. Use a #16-18 BH Prince nymph with a flyrod or a fly & bubble rig on a spin rod. This would be my closest spot.
 Reply by: Jakers83      Posted: 12/6/2012 6:10:03 PM     Points: 58
It is not any closer but I know the crystal river from redstone down to the fork has a ton of them in there. Or at least the last few time I was up there about two years ago.

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