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River: Cache La Poudre River (Upper Canyon)
Fish: Mountain Whitefish

Poudre Whitefish

Post By: the fishing dj      Posted: 3/14/2013 2:27:55 PM     Points: 25270    
I have heard rumors of whitefish in the Poudre, but never seen or caught one. I would love to add these to my list of species, but I hear they can be tough to catch. Any advice would be nice, as i am a young angler looking to expand my fishing beyond just trout on the Poudre.
Tight Lines,
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/14/2013 3:32:56 PM     Points: 1834
I'd like to catch one here in CO - I've been catching them when I lived in Michigan, off the Ludington and Frankfort piers late in the season (Nov). They would bite on salmon eggs and were tough to catch because their mouths were pretty fragile. They are my favorite smoked fish to eat - hands down.
 Reply by: Vanish      Posted: 3/14/2013 4:11:26 PM     Points: 668
I've caught them in the White River and the Roaring Fork. They're very common in certain sections of the White, and can be a lot of fun. Very rare on the Poudre. My wife has helped electrofish it several times and they've only pulled up a handful.

dj - the mountain whitefish is a different species of fish
 Reply by: Mtman      Posted: 3/15/2013 11:54:46 AM     Points: 633
I have caught 1 in the Poudre many years ago. Can't remember where, but definitely up a ways. I was flyfishing and got it nymphing. Not very big.

If you ever get out to the White River, that is good place to get some. We caught quite a few flyfishing out there (nymphing again) years ago. Decent size to thoe ones.
 Reply by: DickieD      Posted: 3/15/2013 12:01:24 PM     Points: 0
The roaring fork and lower Colorado are packed with them. Just fish the lail of the deep long runs behind the trout. Try any larger bright and shinny nymph, egg pattern or worm pattern.
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