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Lake: McPhee Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

Walleye Trip in the Making

Post By: jerussell1980      Posted: 6/8/2014 2:58:16 PM     Points: 4579    
I know not too many people converse through this site for McPhee so I am hoping that someone will be able to answer my questions.

I am looking into possibly doing a camping trip this summer up there. I have heard that walleye are very abundant but per the regs, no bag limit. So my first question is, do many around the area target the walleye?
Second question, is, have they been sustained in there long enough to have some eyes of size in there?
Finally, is there any pictures of the campsites and lake? I have checked the rocky mountain recreation site, and there is much left to be desired for those wondering what the area looks like and consists of.

Please let me know. If anyone has some walleye info that they don't want to blast on the site, email me through my skipper link.

Thanks and tightlines!

 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 6/8/2014 5:33:15 PM     Points: 2200    
The Two I would be asking is RPG(Bill) and BITEME (Jim) Maybe one or both might chime in.
 Reply by: telluride36      Posted: 6/9/2014 11:42:18 AM     Points: 8    
I used to fish there a few years ago. It is great for trout, bass and salmon. Never did catch walleye, but there are huge ones in there. They found a record one in there during a fish survey, but very few are caught. One problem is all of the submerged trees, easy to get caught on while fishing deep. That said, this is a great lake if you have a boat. One of the biggest in the state, and I was often one of the only boats on the lake. Also fun cliff jumping down by the dam. If you want to target walleye, go to the lake next to it, Narraguinnep Reservoir. Lots of walleye in there and easy to catch.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: 6/9/2014 12:03:14 PM     Points: 96    
I haven't fished there in about 5 years but we did get into a few Walleye during a Bass tourney and we were shocked that they were in there so I believe they were introduced(legally/illegally) not long before that. They were about 12 or 13" back then.
 Reply by: jerussell1980      Posted: 6/10/2014 12:06:08 AM     Points: 4579    
Thanks Guys,
Yeah if not many are targeting them, they can flourish very quickly. And if trout, bass, perch, sunfish and chub are in there as the lake detail page says, then they have plenty of forage to grow on. 5 years ago, 13-14 in eyes would be in the 20+ inch range now. I would pull my boat up there for sure, and spend a weekend probably. A buddy and I were talking about a trip up and my wife is getting the wild hair to go camp so I may between the two, get a chance to head up.

Hopefully, I wouldn't have to go to the lake next to it. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I hit McPhee and find walleye, I will have a great weekend.

Thanks again.

Any others with input please feel free. Coming from the springs, it is one heck of a trip so I want as much data as I can to help make our decision.

Tightlines everyone!

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