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Lake: McKay Lake

Float-tubes, kayaks allowed?

Post By: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/20/2014 4:36:13 PM     Points: 1816    
Are float tubes and/or kayaks allowed on McKay?!

Also, I know this lake is flies and lures only, so what to try for crappies there?
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 10/20/2014 4:44:24 PM     Points: 4629    
Yup, hand launched boats are allowed there. Ive only tried for bass though.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/21/2014 10:54:52 AM     Points: 1816    
What flies or jiggs would one use to target crappies there?
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 10/21/2014 12:32:51 PM     Points: 3940    
There are no crappies left there. Any small minnow imitation would work though if they were still there.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/21/2014 3:39:56 PM     Points: 1816    
Oh great.... I'm moving in that part of town and learning that this water is really the "Dead Sea"...
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/21/2014 4:17:40 PM     Points: 184621    
For crappies on the long rod, I like to use a floating line with a multi-fly rig (3). Point fly is a 2 inch or smaller clouser, the middle fly is a smaller clouser or a woolly bugger, and top fly a large nymph, I'm fond of AP's or pheasant tails, size 10 or 12. Cast to your target, allow the point to sink (should be at 6-12 ft leader), then work back with a stop/go retrieve, allowing up to 5-10 seconds between strips. Keep rod tip at water, set hook with a strip, not by lifting rod. When you stop, the line should slide back slightly as the fly sinks. Watch for pauses or any line movement. Set hook with a steady pull.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/21/2014 8:13:55 PM     Points: 1816    
THanks Flyrodn -
 Reply by: proxist      Posted: 10/22/2014 7:36:57 AM     Points: 5    
I've only seen people catch carp out of there. I heard that when the lake turned from private to public the club took all of the fish out of there that they could get.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/22/2014 10:58:22 AM     Points: 1816    
Yeah and then the 'night fishers' took the rest with bait... is what I heard too.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 10/22/2014 11:00:09 AM     Points: 1816    
How would you find out if anyone plans on re-stocking this lake? Whom would you call to find out? Fishingfreak - I believe you're the skipper for that lake - do you know?
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/22/2014 11:37:56 AM     Points: 50201    
I would call these guys.. they should be a good starting point. I also believe Ben Swigle is the biologist for that area dn he would be a good source too

6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 Local: 303-297-1192 - See more at: [log in for link]
 Reply by: bustedfishing      Posted: 10/29/2014 12:13:45 PM     Points: 0    
float tubes or yaks are not allowed. city of Westminster does not allow it and there are no more crappies because of what happened earlier in the year.
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: 10/29/2014 2:10:58 PM     Points: 851    
Louisville Rod & Gun Club leased the lake for many years and lost the lease in the late 90's. I have caught carp there for catfish cut bait and have also caught small rainbows.
 Reply by: slo_motion      Posted: 11/8/2014 1:38:49 AM     Points: 7    
Im the main night fisherman there..........and no ....... me and my friends do not use live bait.......can you imagine how expensive it would get buying minnows.......lols......its not 1 minnow per crappie......its 1 minnow per bite........and for those who thinks that there arent any crappies left in McKay.......those people really dont know nothing about crappie fishing........all I got to say is that I have successfully caught crappies at McKay lake all year .long.......some days they're there and the next they're gone........its never a consistent catch at McKay......
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 11/9/2014 7:29:47 AM     Points: 1816    
thanks slo-motion Let me know if you want to meet up there to fish one day - we're still moving into our new house near there, but I'm itching to fish.

So, thus far we have one person saying Yes - float tubes/kayaks are allowed and another person saying: No - they are not allowed. How do I find out for sure? Who is the authority on that?
 Reply by: slo_motion      Posted: 11/9/2014 8:14:52 AM     Points: 7    
As far as I know......ive seen people float tube and kayak before....and its common to see people doing that during summer morning.......im guesing it should be ok, cuz I do remember one morning as I was fishing a broomfield county sheriff walked up to the lake looking for a missing person questioning people around the lake....and then she end up walking up to a gentleman who just about to get into his kayak.....but she never did mentioned anything about the kayak not being allowed.....
 Reply by: bustedfishing      Posted: 11/26/2014 10:59:28 AM     Points: 0    
Just because there are no signs saying you can't kayak or float tube there does not mean it's open to it. police authorities don't know anything about that either.

Contact and ask the dept for parks and open spaces at the city of Westminster and they'll tell you it's not open for kayaks or float tubes. I've already contacted them this summer and I know the answer.

slo motion, at least know your limits then. 20 crappies per, not hundreds. you and your buddies who "night fish."

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