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Lake: Vega Reservoir
Fish: Colorado River Cutthroat

Vega Reservoir Minnows

Post By: Pathway      Posted: 10/14/2015 3:43:31 PM     Points: 534    
Went to Vega last week looking for a little fall action and I wasn't disappointed. Vega is an irrigation reservoir that sits about about 8000 feet and fluctuates about 40 feet each year. It has daphnia plankton for winter food and insects, minnows and crayfish for summer forage. I had never fished it in the fall so I didn't quite know what to expect.
I started with a HD Trout on one rod and a gold glitter w/ pearl tail on the other rod. First cast I missed a strike on the tube and then all went quite and I didn't catch a fish for the first 15 minutes, but I did notice nervous minnow in against the bank so I knew there would soon be some kind of large fish activity. And I wasn't disappointed as a large swirl appeared to my right followed by another. I quickly through an HD Trout parallel to shore and immediately caught a 15" cutthroath. After working up the bank chasing more swirls I changed from the pink to the fire craw and caught another about the same size.
The sun started hitting the water and I could finally see the fish lined up waiting to attack. I tried several different lures and presentations without any interest until I hit upon a Mister Crappie 2" Lightning Shad in pink/black back on a 1/32 oz black head. I had a 2.5 # cutt. inhale it in about one foot of water.
About that time the wind shifted from southeast to north east and a mudline developed and the fish activity stopped.
Not to be detoured I moved to an area that was steeper and had more rock and was more protected from the wind and saw fish still slashing the surface for small minnows. There was a fairly large slick of green algae and dead minnows so I stuck with the HD Trout in pink and the pink shad body. Over the next 4 hours I managed two rainbows (one about 3.5 lbs) and 9 cutthroat by working water less than 4 feet deep. Some fish were caught literally under my feet, as they could not see me because of the heavy green algae.
Today's lesson is be observant of your surroundings and catch more fish.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 10/14/2015 8:04:45 PM     Points: 313    
Sweet report Lynn. Was your shad jig like a Gene Larrew? Feeling torn between GM and the river for a day this week. Thanks for the tips, still don't know how you fling those dang 32nd jigs but slow drop seems to work for you regardless of species. Warm up the jerky jerky's for the 26th though.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 10/14/2015 8:13:23 PM     Points: 534    
The 2" shad are just like the Bobby Garland that you get from GL just a little harder plastic and different color schemes. I get them at SW.
I'm throwing them on my crappie rod with either 4 lb Magnathin or 4 lb Hydrolux, which is even thinner. I can even throw a 1.5 tube on an aberdine hook and no weight when working spawning bluegill. The water is so shallow that you have to go as light as possible to get them to strike. I did catch the big bow on the HD Trout and 8 lb line on my light smallmouth rod. Good thing because he was a screamer.
I'm all packed and ready for the night bite. Lots of stuff in black and pearl chartreuse. I'm going to pick up a few colorado blade spinner baits as well.
Bring lots of batteries for the electric.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 10/14/2015 8:59:21 PM     Points: 313    
My batteries will last quite awhile. They are fully charged, unlike Fred's, but then I don't have one of those jump start little box gizzmo's. No worries.