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River: Yampa River - Steamboat to Hayden
Fish: Northern Pike

Fishing the Yampa west of Steamboat

Post By: sanjuangeni      Posted: 8/5/2014 3:32:51 PM     Points: 102    
I was fishing the Yampa for Pike last weekend with spinning gear and caught a couple of nice fish. 22" and 28". During my outing I was checked by the CDW and started talking to them about the fishery. They were surprised I had caught the Northerns as they have been shocking and removing Pike from the river for a while. Am I the only one who enjoys Pike? Is't it time the trout snobs don't get there way? How much money has the CDW spend in this river , Stagecoach, and other waters tring to appease the trout folks. The truth is the Pike are not native, but neither are the rainbow, brown or brook trout in htis drainage. All of these fish have been indroduced into this drainage by the CDW why is it the CDW continues to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to trump one species over another. Either all non native fish should go or we need to start using some common sense.
 Reply by: Rip Lip      Posted: 8/5/2014 3:42:32 PM     Points: 138    
They've been shocking pike out of the yampa now for probably ten years, but it's not because of Trout it is because of the endangered species in the Yampa they are trying to protect. That is one reason you only caught small pike. used to be common to catch multiple 40"+ inch fish in a day, but not these days. After all the money they have spent shocking fish for removal, there are still lots of pike in the Yampa. If they ever stop shocking it, give it a few years and it will explode again.