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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir
Fish: Flathead Catfish

pueblo catfish

Post By: nicrfisher      Posted: 8/18/2014 11:35:48 PM     Points: 94    
After fishing pueblo off and on for the last 20 years I finally have got into the hang of catching catfish at pueblo resovoir. me and my buddy's spent many nights on that lake over the years and never seemed to catch much more than a good buzz. Since I got my boat a couple years ago I've had the opportunity to fish many different areas on the lake. In the spring time I found myself in the middle of a great walleye and wiper bite and was lucky enough to get a few very healthy fish including a 30" walleye and a 34" wiper. I had a couple phenomenal trips back in June that produced 100+ walleye. When July arrived I found my luck start to taper off in a big way as the fish began to move deeper. I then decided to move my efforts torwards the catfish. I didn't have to high of hopes after being let down by that lake for so many years. I began to scout out the west end of the lake and to my surprise I started to land some catfish and all nice ones at that. Over the last few trips I have gained a lot of confidence in the catfish bite and I'm now aiming to get that record flathead or even a giant channel cat or blue. They are definitely there. This is the one and only lake that I have yet to catch small catfish, they have all been 5 pounds or better. I have caught right around 20 of them since springtime up to the 15 pound mark but have lost a couple more respectable size fish. For those of you that have given up on pueblo for cat fishing, they are definitely there in good numbers. You just have to find them....
 Reply by: Mfishing      Posted: 8/19/2014 12:20:02 AM     Points: 777    
Nice Gatos man. Feels good to catch something you dont think you'll catch.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 8/19/2014 8:04:23 AM     Points: 1682    
Cool fish pics
 Reply by: Catfish Johnson      Posted: 8/19/2014 10:00:20 AM     Points: 1681    
Way to go on the flatheads! have yet to hook into one in colo. Soo jealous. Are you getting into them at night?
 Reply by: nicrfisher      Posted: 8/19/2014 11:09:47 AM     Points: 94    
Pueblo resovoir and John martin both hold a good amount of flatheads. Although they don't seem to come as easy as the other species, I have caught around 20 since last summer with my biggest being 8 pounds and 15 pounds. I do catch them mostly at night but they will hit during the day if you know where to find them. The one I have pictured I caught around noon fishing an undercut bank. If you don't have a boat to search around, night time is your best bet. Don't be afraid to try very shallow areas next to Creek channels or drop offs. It can be very hit or miss with large catfish but if you put in the time you gain confidence with every fish caught. My #1 tip would be to stick with fresh fish and cut bait if you want quality over quantity. On a good day or night you can catch many big catfish using the right method. I caught 4 between 10 and 14 pounds last weekend. Please practice releasing most cats over 6 to 8 pounds. The big ones become very rough and not very good to eat after a curtain size. They are much better to catch than to eat.
 Reply by: snotsickles08      Posted: 8/19/2014 12:41:35 PM     Points: 23    
hey great post!! i believe you are the one that me and my brother had talked to down at john martin at the fish cleaning station. i know you had said that you were on fish explorer. maybe we can all met up sometime and go for cats somewhere.
 Reply by: motoxxx43      Posted: 8/30/2014 11:56:48 AM     Points: 2148    
Thanks for the inspiration guys! My goal this summer after fishing this lake sine 1994 was to actually catch a catfish. I set out on that goal in April. So far I've caught nothing. I have a cabin cruiser. Not the most maneuverable vessel but its great for anchoring overnight. To be honest I'm out every weekend an some week nights. We have not caught a fish since June. I assume it is due to my weak arsenal of worms, minnows, leeches and various crank/soft baits. I've anchored cottonwood cove, fish hook, hidden, Denver an northshore with various live baits out over night. I suppose one day I will get lucky. I may try some of the above bait. Thanks for advise. Chad.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 8/30/2014 3:19:50 PM     Points: 51265    
nic - great job and thank you for sharing