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Lake: McKay Lake

artificial flies/lures

Post By: Billybob      Posted: 3/9/2016 8:18:02 PM     Points: 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.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 3/9/2016 8:28:20 PM     Points: 0
I submitted that report, apologies. I was given a report from someone at work on how the fishing is. I don't think they knew that is a regulation which is too bad. I'll have the report removed.
 Reply by: Billybob      Posted: 3/9/2016 8:33:47 PM     Points: 1785
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.

Hopefully any fish caught were released.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 3/9/2016 9:23:42 PM     Points: 6252
A lot of people illegally use bait at that lake!
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 3/9/2016 10:21:55 PM     Points: 0
It amazes me how I never see people at these lakes and when I do just a dad with his kiddo.
 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: spicyhombre      Posted: 3/10/2016 9:23:42 AM     Points: 6252
Here are some pics from last June when it was flooded. That is my boy. We were catching tons of baby gills, crappie, and bass.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 3/10/2016 9:25:36 AM     Points: 6252
More pics of McKay Swamp.
 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.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 3/10/2016 5:00:17 PM     Points: 0
Spicy, props to you, I would be really afraid to step into that swampy water thinking an anaconda or a piranah was about to eat me alive. Of course I'm being sarcastic but man no way.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 3/10/2016 10:15:03 PM     Points: 487
I would be more concerned about stepping on a broken beer bottle or something considering how much trash is usually in there.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/10/2016 10:20:56 PM     Points: 1819
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: Ziriux      Posted: 3/11/2016 12:07:40 PM     Points: 0
I'm curious if they will really get an officer there or if they just said it to pleas your ears.
 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: Ziriux      Posted: 3/11/2016 1:37:35 PM     Points: 0
Yea and they don't take care of a lot of their other lakes always trash.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 3/11/2016 1:59:15 PM     Points: 487
*cough Webster *cough
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/11/2016 5:10:24 PM     Points: 1819
Mike V - you got a float tube or kayak?! We could head out on it once it gets a bit warmer out.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 3/11/2016 5:17:07 PM     Points: 0
Webster is nasty as all hell. I caught a few wool socks i'm not even kidding.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 3/11/2016 7:00:32 PM     Points: 487
On McKay? I got kicked out of there by Broomfield PD last fall since one of the neighbors in Huntington Trails called and that's when I didn't know you couldn't kayak out there.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 3/11/2016 7:43:04 PM     Points: 0
I'm sorry to hear that hopefully you didn't get fined or anything.

The sock I caught was at Webster.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 3/11/2016 10:06:11 PM     Points: 487
The cop was cool, he understood and was happy that i wasn't out doing drugs or something. And you never know what you will snag in Webster
 Reply by: Mtman      Posted: 3/12/2016 5:37:57 PM     Points: 633
I've kayaked there. Also saw some people on a small boat/pontoon. I checked all the signage and don't see anything that says you can't. Surprise the police would make you leave.
 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!

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