Post By: Billybob Posted: 3/9/2016 8:18:02 PMPoints: 1785
So, this website says Mckay lake is artificial flies and lures only. The CPW fishing brochure with the up to date regulations also says it is artificial flies and lures. I'm going to believe it is a safe assumption that people are not supposed to fish using any sort of live bait then, correct? Or is there an exception somewhere that I'm ignorant of?
Just wondering, had a few interesting observations while walking around the lake.
Okay. I've never fished there so I wasn't exactly certain. I just like walking around the place. I saw a guy sitting at a pole with his line out as well, and that either means he had a snag and gave up, or more likely he was fishing with bait of some sort.
Reply by: Mike V. Posted: 3/10/2016 8:59:08 AM Points: 487
I live about a three minute drive from McKay and go to school down the street. That has been a big problem there for a long time. Most people with live bait tend to not catch much. Westminster parks and rec doesn't even touch that place so people can get away with whatever and it's really sad. It could've had potential to a decent fisherie, but now the fish are few and far between
Reply by: Ziriux Posted: 3/10/2016 9:05:00 AM Points: 0
I live around the area too Mike, that's pretty cool.
I have been going there at least once a week over lunch time to fish. I'll try to observe the lake and see if I can make a call to Westminster parks and rec to take it more serious. It's unfortunate that it took a decline, would make a great bass lake.
Reply by: Mike V. Posted: 3/10/2016 9:13:24 AM Points: 487
It's definitely a grind to find bass in there. I have only caught one bass out of there which is really bad for how many times I have been there to kill time. BUT the bass was a little over 18 inches. I have seen a few others caught out of there and they all have been around that size. There is definitely good bass in there, but they are not stupid. I mean with a lake like McKay that gets more pressure than probably any other lake in the area, those fish have seen just about everything and when I caught mine it was totally unexpected
Reply by: Mike V. Posted: 3/10/2016 9:28:18 AM Points: 487
Yep, I remember it. That's the time of year I caught mine, but I was throwing jigs into the laydowns off the dock, which is shocking that's where I caught it, since that's where everyone fishes. I remember my brother getting in the swamp and catching carp on the fly.
I live close-by also, just on the north side - I walk to it from time to time. Tired of telling people not to use bait. Some do the right thing and stop, others just don't care. I've called GameThief and complained, they said a new officer got assigned to it last summer but I have yet to see him out there. I wish they would just put the signs back up (which were ripped down) to let people know it's Flies and Lures only. This lake has huge carp in it too. Plan on fishing for them with my fly rod this spring/summer.
Reply by: Mike V. Posted: 3/11/2016 1:22:10 PM Points: 487
I really doubt it. For as long as I have lived near it and the fact that I drive by it at least 4 times a day, I have never seen a ranger and I think I have seen the westminster parks and rec guys maybe 3 or 4 times. Since its not a super prime place to fish at all anymore, I feel like they kind of stopped caring. Westminster is really bad at regulating things like this
Reply by: Mike V. Posted: 3/12/2016 7:59:11 PM Points: 487
I had done it a few times before that with no problems. And even though there is not signs you can not use any kind of watercraft on Broomfield\Westminster water legally unless posted otherwise but as stated before McKay tends to be lacking in enforcement
Reply by: Ch00Chee Posted: 3/15/2016 6:53:21 AM Points: 62
I see some guys with a small boat with a trolling motor on there when I go at times. Weird, but pretty amazing to see them cover all the nice structures of mckay. Yes mckay is only artificial lures/flies only, i fish mckay quite often. Still determined to catch a monster bass from there though! Hope we could meet up one day!