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Lake: Banner Lakes SWA

Pike in Banner Lakes

Post By: Canoejoe      Posted: 3/9/2015 1:27:50 PM     Points: 82    
Caught four there a couple weekends ago and then just one yesterday, but had two monsters on. Pike are alive and well in Banner. Looking to take the canoe out sometime.
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 3/9/2015 1:33:29 PM     Points: 3940
What time yesterday? Thats funny. I didnt get a conditions report. What side of 52 were you on?
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 3/9/2015 2:31:34 PM     Points: 238
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 3/9/2015 2:58:46 PM     Points: 77258
Hmmm. I dont think there are any pike left in thoes ponds. If there were you must have caught the last one. Please cnr on these small ponds.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 3/9/2015 3:09:16 PM     Points: 17
I thought they were fished out as well every time I went people were keeping all of them
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 3/9/2015 3:17:58 PM     Points: 65623
Got pictures?
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 3/9/2015 3:19:33 PM     Points: 3900
Please don't encourage pictures, and please let this post fall off.
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 3/9/2015 3:31:41 PM     Points: 574
Banner has no pike. go to Nebraska. I hate how people blast good spots and expect no one else to go there
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 3/9/2015 3:54:40 PM     Points: 3940
Thats where i am going sickws6. Nebraska. This weekend. Reason i think its funny cause i drove by yesterday and all ponds visible from the highway were frozen yesterday at 430. Hahahaha i dont believe you...
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 3/9/2015 4:08:38 PM     Points: 574
^^That's what I thought to lewdog
 Reply by: Canoejoe      Posted: 3/9/2015 7:16:43 PM     Points: 82
south of 52. ice on half the pond. pictures in the phone and not transferred over yet.
 Reply by: Canoejoe      Posted: 3/9/2015 7:32:34 PM     Points: 82
some pictures. the one on the big panther martin was last week. then I remembered grippers and got just the one yesterday. ponds on the north side were frozen. south side was muddy, but only half iced over. All caught and released. We've killed em while on the canoe out there. only go when the snakes are not around in spring and fall, but always do well there. Other ponds have pike as well, but not as big. always CPR.
 Reply by: Canoejoe      Posted: 3/9/2015 7:33:09 PM     Points: 82
from yesterday
 Reply by: Canoejoe      Posted: 3/9/2015 7:35:14 PM     Points: 82
was there from 9:30-12:30. good chance to throw all the rods and try some different things. warm up for this weekend on a bigger lake with the boat.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 3/9/2015 7:45:26 PM     Points: 1805
Letting all my friends know.
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 3/10/2015 9:12:09 AM     Points: 461
And it's gone
 Reply by: PositivePursuit      Posted: 3/18/2015 2:28:14 PM     Points: 3
If you want lakes to be a secret... don't have a page created for the lake. The more talking is done on this site, the more people will go to the lake.

The beauty of this site is you can find out where to catch a lot of fish.
The downfall to this site is anyone can view it and find where to catch the fish.

Loose lips .....

But most everybody wants their spotlight.
I have seen the damage when people post on here and also the damage from putting reports on here stating what people have caught, how they caught em, where they caught em time and date caught.... and they didn't even catch the fish. They basically reported what they saw someone else catch.

This site is awesome! This sight is horrible!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 3/18/2015 3:04:34 PM     Points: 73044
positivepursuit - have to disagree with you... free members can only view class one lakes. To test my theory.. I'm lake skipper for 3 lakes.. see if you can view them. Also notice there are very few and far between reports on my lakes.

Most of the folks that blast things like where they caught pike are normally new members and have yet to learn the painful truth about blasting a small body of water.

That said, I and many others frequently give information on how to catch fish.. that's what this site is about.. helping fellow anglers. Otherwise unless I'm on a large body of water.. say Big Blue... good luck me telling you where I was.
 Reply by: PositivePursuit      Posted: 3/18/2015 3:31:06 PM     Points: 3
hello wannabe. I
don't know about what class one lakes are . I'm talking about the free lakes to access on this site. im stating that anyone can post on most lakes and a lot of them are very small lakes. anyone can post a conditions report and announce that someone caught a very large or rare fish in a small pond, post a bunch of the details.

I have chosen not to post what I have caught and chose not to boast about my catch and another angler can open his mouth and give details about the catch... for the rest of the world to see. maybe to get "points" or drive business to the site.

I love reading the blogs on how to catch fish. when you build an engine like this designed to help anglers and make a little money also, you are getting people that aren't concerned about letting the cat out the bag ... so to speak but more concerned about showing off. As many fisherman like to do, as this site wouldn't be as successful if folks didn't want to show off their catch.

a lot do not post where they have caught their fish, but some do and in turn change things for those who choose not to expose all information. Plus you have more people, more litter, more noise and less large fish ... by posting your catch for all to see.

I am trying to touch on a few points, possibly in a confusing way.
But their are benefits also..... Like most things it has 2 sides.
It's great to inspire people by showing them what they could catch if they spent time at a particular lake.

I don't know which is best but I do know that posting pictures of fish caught at a lake will bring more trash to the lake and most likely less large fish.
 Reply by: Fhallest      Posted: 3/18/2015 4:02:25 PM     Points: 140
There goes the neighborhood!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 3/18/2015 5:24:43 PM     Points: 73044
PP - thank you for an articulate and well thought out response.

You're on the right track, the free lakes are the class 1 lakes. Couldn't agree with you more about some of the folks that only use this site for a bragging board. Can't speak for others but I rarely respond to those. The reason? I never see them give back to the site. They never help fellow anglers.

There are many people on here that are magnificent anglers but never share any information on "how to". This is my personal opinion.. but in my mind that is what this site is for.. helping fellow anglers. And I can be honest I have occasionally used the forum for a bragging board. A very selective sharing of catches though. lol

For folks like you that frequent the forum but rarely post, I would challenge you to share information.. not where but "how to", I will also challenge you and anyone else to start meeting some of our members. We frequently have small get togethers and you may find out like I did.. just how awesome some of our members are. I've made some wonderful friends through fish explorer,, there's a reason I go to places like Pikeview, Estes, Vallecito and yes.. ugh.. even ice fishing. lol

If you post fishing information as well as your reply to me.. I truly look forward to what you have to share.

 Reply by: KingFisher13      Posted: 3/18/2015 5:45:23 PM     Points: 107
The pike fillets in my freezer from last fall probably won't taste too good, and I was hoping to restock. Haven't had time for a trip though, and was hoping to find a local spot that held them. So thank you! Is there a limit there? Thanks!
 Reply by: JOHN_COSprings      Posted: 3/18/2015 6:02:13 PM     Points: 640
In a way this is a passionate topic for me, as my goal is share my passion and help others become successful, helping them meet their own angling endeavors. Pretty hard to do that if they cannot find out where the fish even are they want to target.

The majority of the lakes I fish, and film on, are public waters, State Parks, very heavily fished and used recreationally. There is nothing secret about where the fish are, what fish are in there.

A quick "google" search will tell a prospective angler what fish are available at a certain venue. 95% of the time, someone, somewhere, is going to have posted something related to that species and a particular body of water.

A search on Banner Lakes, Colorado, Northern Pike, provides 10 posts, first page, with details on these fish at this location, again, not a huge secret there. I didn't even bother looking at page-2 results.

I got a few emails about my videos last year featuring Adams County Fairgrounds, the carping episodes, on the topic of "burning" secret carp spots. C'mon guys, the locals called the spot I fished, "carp point", it's not a secret.

I even was flattered when another angler posted his own short video, a few days later, fishing that exact same spot... Fins-Up to him for getting out there, sweet corn on a hook and trying to bank some monsters for himself.

I agree that it would be great if more anglers would share their knowledge and tips to success, you can do this without providing a GPS map and coordinates to where you catch your fish from.

That's what FishExplorer is about, sharing the passion and helping others - obviously, with plenty of self promotion and display of captures!

Yes there are some venues I fish for my own pleasure, do not film or if I do, don't advertise in an obvious manner the location.

Hey, we all have our secret honey holes.


 Reply by: bigbear57      Posted: 3/18/2015 6:02:52 PM     Points: 5439
I wouldn't be to worried about them getting fished out. From the pics these are just babies. This years and last years spawn. Once they get where they are reproducing it's hard to get them out of a pond or lake. The thing I worry about more is the impact on the rest of the fish species. Those lakes are awfully small to have a lot of northerns. They will start eating their own soon enough and that will drop the population faster than any fishing pressure. Hope they didn't eat all the Sacramento perch that were in there.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 3/18/2015 6:50:11 PM     Points: 206
If that is the case then some of the smaller ones should be removed and put somewhere else where they don't have them. Anyone got a bucket?
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 3/18/2015 8:47:38 PM     Points: 6182
If we just put pike in all the ponds we won't need to worry about people blasting them!
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 3/18/2015 8:57:16 PM     Points: 3940
Wont have to worry about people blasting these small ponds after too much more anyways cause theres only a few fish left there. They are not "babies" as these fish cant spawn successful in these ponds. They were stocked there from the netted fish out of the yampa if i remember correctly. They probably wont be stocked again either. Cant wait.....then i can have them to myself again. Used to be nice quiet little bullhead and gill ponds. Oh and the Sacramentos that were in there were killed during a drought year when several of the ponds dried up.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 3/18/2015 9:00:11 PM     Points: 48654
From what I hear its full of rattlers so we may lose some hotspotters.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 3/18/2015 9:20:02 PM     Points: 73044
John.. great response as always sir

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