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Lake: Huston Park Lake
Fish: Channel Catfish

Skunk

Post By: Opry99er      Posted: 10/21/2013 9:36:00 AM     Points: 595    
Went out Saturday night for a late evening session. Spent 2 hours there getting hit with high winds off the lake. Had one solid pull on a large chicken liver ball, but couldn't hook up.

The lake is becoming more active for carp and less active for cats, it would seem. Water temp has fallen a couple degrees since last time I was there and the level of the water has risen.

Gill and SMBs are still moving around quite a bit near the cat tails... Small gill, small SMBs... I've yet to see any significant sized fish come out of that lake, but it is chocked full of stunted fish... loads of em, all small(ish).
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 10/21/2013 10:06:36 AM     Points: 3940    
That sucks getting the skunk. Are you allowed live bait there? Catch one of them lil gills n stick it on a good sized hook and toss it out under a bobber. Them big bass will hit it aswell as a kitty. Better luck next time.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 10/21/2013 10:27:43 AM     Points: 595    
Yea, you can use live bait...

There aren't any big kitties in there (I'm 99% sure) and I've never seen a bass in there over 11 inches long or so.

Carp can get into the low 20" range, and the channel cats in there seem to average about 10-14 inches. Loads of em, just no size from what I can gather. =)

It's a great pond for small cats and medium carp... beyond that, I can't testify to anything worth catching. It's 8 blocks from my house though, and (all told) I've fished it about 30 times this year for a rough total of 60-85 hours on the water there.
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 10/21/2013 10:47:48 AM     Points: 3940    
Well i just looked at the stocking record and it says they stocked channels,lm, and bgill. No records before 2011. How long has that lake been there? Maybe its just a close fishing hole for you to get your lines wet to catch lil fish.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 10/21/2013 12:24:26 PM     Points: 1685    
It has been there for over 70 years
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 10/21/2013 12:34:38 PM     Points: 3940    
Hey if thats the case I might have to go fish it someday soon.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 10/21/2013 12:54:01 PM     Points: 595    
It has been there for quite a while... However in 2003 they drained it to deepen it slightly and remove junk. It was subsequently refilled and restocked with fish. Since 2003, it has remained a nice quiet neighborhood park lake. Here's a bit of history on the lake.


Huston Lake in Huston Lake Park
Historical Archives
The land for Huston was acquired in 1946 and additional portions in 1951 and 1953. A 1955 bond issue included excavation of the lake bed. Also, notes on a hand drawn map of the lake indicates that there was 80″ of water rights from Salisbury Lateral. Based upon the way that the water is managed this 80″ is the same amount as that noted under Garfield not an additional 80″ of water.


Prior Management Recommendations/Implementations


Renovation of Huston Lake was completed in 2003. The renovation project included draining and dredging sediment that had accumulated over a period of 30 years and removal of encroaching cattails. The lake was refilled and restocked with fish. The street inlets were replaced with a sand filtering system to filter oil and other pollutants from the storm water runoff.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 10/21/2013 1:02:24 PM     Points: 595    
And you SHOULD fish it, lew... It's a nice pond that gets next to NO pressure (save myself, my boy, and an older Mexican fella)... Decent sized carp in there and plenty of tiny kittens.

It's quite scenic, too, if you're fishing the east side. Nice view of the mountains, and plenty of flat, well maintained grass to set up on and fish. The leaves are all turning right now, so it's very pretty.

I like the lake. It's my home pond and, while it doesn't hold any monsters (from what I can tell), it's a nice place to take my boy and get him into fish whenever I want to. Except this past Saturday night, late. =)
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 10/21/2013 1:10:04 PM     Points: 3940    
I will the next time i get down to that area. Sounds like you need to start keeping to do some selective harvesting. The less fish you got in a pond the bigger they will get...Thanks for the info.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 10/21/2013 1:17:21 PM     Points: 595    
True. I haven't kept any fish from that lake yet, but you're right... the fewer the fish, the more they each have to eat.

Being a metro fishery, you'll get the standard junk and trash lying around from time to time, but the neighborhood folks (including myself and my boy) do a pretty good job of keeping it clean. Last time we went out for carp, we took a trash bag with us and walked around before fishing in order to clean up a bit. It's much cleaner there than most other local lakes--- I will say that.

The Denver Parks guys come through twice a week and make improvements, replacing mulch around trees, mowing, weedeating, etc.. They just put in an outdoor exercise facility near the playground with a stairmachine, mechanical bench press, etc... Very nice.

All in all, I love that little place. Wish there were bigger/older fish in there, but you can't have everything you want. =)