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Lake: Smith Lake - Washington Park
Fish: Common Carp

Wash Park-Smith Lake Fishing Report

Post By: led2zep      Posted: 10/23/2014 2:00:31 PM     Points: 883    
Greetings Fish Explorer. I just moved here from Albuquerque, NM and was referred to this site from some buddies from Fish Enchantment-NM. I am still an active member on that forum and am anxious to contribute. I am obsessed with fishing and will contribute as much as I take in, as you guys and gals know your stuff!!!!

Went to Wash Park, Smith Lake to be specific, a couple nights ago (10/21/14) and had some great action but no fish landed. I was either too late on my hook sets and when I had a huge fish on, it broke off my 6 lb mono. I was getting a lot of action on the East side on Texas-rigged soft plastic crawdads. I fished from 7 PM-9 PM and saw A LOT of common carp near the shore when it got dark. I'm not sure if a carp broke my line but judging by the loud splash and epic run it made that was my educated guess.

I typically do well at that pond for Crappie, but can not figure out what the carp want during night fall. I bet there are some big kitties there too. They were uninterested in my chicken liver stinkbait. Wish I had more to add, but it's my first report with many more to follow.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/23/2014 2:03:10 PM     Points: 71043
welcome to the site. We have some awesome carp guys on here and I am sure they can give you some great tips and advice.

Be sure to submit lake reports for points.
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 10/23/2014 2:06:31 PM     Points: 457
That makes sense, carp love crawdads. I had one pick up my flipping jig while bass fishing earlier in the spring.
I cant really help with targeting them out there, Ive only cast for bass in that pond.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/23/2014 2:14:40 PM     Points: 71043
check out this blog by John Finney. I think you will find it a good read.. and hopefully John sees your thread and replies

[log in for link]

 Reply by: led2zep      Posted: 10/23/2014 2:17:14 PM     Points: 883
Thank you, Anglerwannabe. I submitted a conditions report and its pending approval. Getting my feet wet so I appreciate the hospitality.
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: 10/23/2014 8:10:02 PM     Points: 13545
Welcome led2zep!!

 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/23/2014 8:19:15 PM     Points: 71043
fins up for your first points led2zep. Hope you enjoy the site.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 10/23/2014 8:32:25 PM     Points: 2133
Hey angler don't for get to tip him off on what lakes have no fish.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/23/2014 8:39:20 PM     Points: 71043
elk, thank you for the reminder

led2zep... there aren't any carp in Spinney... actually there aren't any fish in Spinney, so stay AWAY!!!

However there are some massive carp in 11 Mile. I have tried to talk John Finney into going there and seeing if his technique works there.. but I think he is afraid of 11 mile carp, they might be related to arctic bass..

check this out, this will make your heart race [log in for link]
 Reply by: led2zep      Posted: 10/23/2014 10:28:51 PM     Points: 883
Angler, thanks again for the warm intro and I ran into that video way before this site. I've been studying Colorado fisheries like a college course and find all of the articles on here to be fascinating. I especially love the article on "Channel cat fishing in the day" by Daris McKinnon I printed a hard copy version of that for future reference. I'm still having a difficult time finding cats here in the metro area with the exception of Sloan Lake.
 Reply by: SnipeHuntin      Posted: 10/24/2014 5:12:42 AM     Points: 6832
Basically any pond, lake, mud hole, ditch, etc holds Channels. Problem is each place the kitties what something else. I don't fish for them that often but when I do, the pond I love the most they will eat cheap hot dogs. Another pond it's Gulp minnows...
 Reply by: MileHighMike      Posted: 10/24/2014 8:28:27 AM     Points: 284
led2zep, since you're from nm im sure you pass through pueblo on I25 coming up this way. the pueblo reservoir has been known to have some hogs when it comes to catfish and carp....bit of trip from denver but might be worth it before gets real cold
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: 10/24/2014 8:57:53 AM     Points: 74
That's a cool video. "Dammit, I had 'em." Hey, that's my quote! CPW owes me 1.72 cents for the use of that.

I have a love/hate thing going with carp. I love the challenge of fishing for them, rather hate the deleterious environmental effects and amount of biomass tied up in carp in so many of our lakes. But I can't quit you baby. I have a carp fly box, a Rio Carp line spun up, and a designated carp fly rod. I even have a carp boat and one of, like, four pushpoles in the Rocky Mtns. Here's the best one I've landed recently. Almost 29", 12 pounds, ate a #8 Rusty Backstabber at Boyd. (I also love/hate that big Fishpond net. Makes even big fish disappear into it.)

 Reply by: led2zep      Posted: 10/24/2014 9:19:07 AM     Points: 883
MJO, I liked the Led Zeppelin reference in your last reply, "I can't quit you baby" (great song!). I completely understand this love/hate relationship you have with these freshwater cows. If anybody wants to fly fish Wash Park for carp with me in the evening, I'm planning on checking it out next week with some crawdad patterns that I picked up from the Orvis store. New to the site so not sure if you can send a "private message" to exchange contact info.
 Reply by: led2zep      Posted: 10/24/2014 9:20:45 AM     Points: 883
One last thing, here is a Crappie that I caught from Wash Park-Smith Lake back in early June this year. Took a 3" chartreuse grub 2 feet under a bobber near the paddleboat docks.
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: 10/24/2014 9:29:43 AM     Points: 74
Nice speck!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/24/2014 9:37:23 AM     Points: 71043
great job guys!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/25/2014 6:43:18 AM     Points: 10320
One of my earliest memories of fishing comes from the same lake,I was 8yrs old and my mom let me go fishing while she went shopping at Montgomery Wards on Dakota & Broadway(who remembers that place?)
This elderly man hooks a fish and twenty min. later brings in the biggest carp I have ever see in my 8yr. on this planet(the carp weighed about 20#'s)I spent the rest of the summer riding my bike to Wash park to fish.
OH . . .welcome to the site!

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