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Lake: River's Edge and Jayhawker Ponds

Thanks Loveland Fishing Club - fat cats!

Post By: Swigs      Posted: 8/18/2016 11:51:08 AM     Points: 1689    
8 years ago the Loveland Fishing Club purchased 2 floating fish feeders which have been deployed on Jayhawker South and Dragonfly pond. The agreement was the club would buy the feeders ($1,000.00 each) and CPW would supply the feed. It's worked tremendously with catfish reaching 20 inches in only 3.5 years compared to the normal growth rate to this size at age 5. The solar powered feeder dispense supplemental feed twice each day and usually remain on the pond May-October annually. CPW has also documented expedited grown by sunfish and trout as well. Getting to my point, the men and women of the Loveland Fishing Club did it again! They purchased a third feeder which will be deployed today. Thanks Loveland Fishing Club, just one many examples of several project spearheaded by some great anglers.

Please support this great organization which promote youth angling and fishing in general in the Loveland area.

https://sites.google.com/site/lovelandfishingclub/
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 8/18/2016 12:45:47 PM     Points: 1682    
That's good news
Which lake has the blue cats stocked in it?
No matter what I do to find this info no one seems to know for sure where you guys put them?
And have the been caught? If so any size to them yet are they at catchable size ?
Thank you swigs
 Reply by: Swigs      Posted: 8/18/2016 1:24:34 PM     Points: 1689    
The Blue Cats went into Dragonfly pond, there was 2 separate stockings but all were 3-4" when stocked, should be a group at 8" and another at 12", I did not run into any of them this survey but we did catch some of the red ear sunfish.
 Reply by: Ol Gray Eagle      Posted: 8/18/2016 1:58:16 PM     Points: 0    
Duly impressed with this effort and others that are being made to make these ponds an enjoyable and worthwhile outing close too home. At my age, I appreciate any fishing time I can get. Kudos to the Loveland Fishing Club!
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 8/18/2016 5:23:51 PM     Points: 2088    
Now the big ? What kinda feed are you using and how hard is it to put on a hook. Lol I am going to catch a cat this year.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 8/18/2016 7:41:57 PM     Points: 1093    
lmk elk ive caught a cat or two.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 8/18/2016 8:38:31 PM     Points: 2088    
It is more of a time issue then anything brat lol. I think I have had a whole 25 hours of fishing this year.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 8/18/2016 11:03:52 PM     Points: 1093    
i feel ya, well understand what your saying. i cant decide were to go. and that can be just as bad.
ice is coming, i hate to say it. then big fish ice time.
 Reply by: Skookshunter      Posted: 8/18/2016 11:13:37 PM     Points: 2548    
I thought it was interesting that the fish feeder says "Fat Bass" on the side. Does the feeder help promote the growth of bass as well or is it primarily a tool used to grow the cats?
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 8/18/2016 11:38:23 PM     Points: 50869    
Awesome work by the Loveland fishing club!!!! Thank you all very much!!!!
 Reply by: southcat king      Posted: 8/19/2016 7:30:16 AM     Points: 30    
skooks if it feeds the gills and sunfish it feeds the bass indirectly.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 8/19/2016 7:01:27 PM     Points: 265    
What a great operation!!!!
Thanks for taking care of my catfish pals and looking out for future fishermen.

 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 8/19/2016 8:18:41 PM     Points: 82    
Swigs...I have read that they put blue cats in those ponds, do you have any knowledge on that?
 Reply by: Ol Gray Eagle      Posted: 8/19/2016 8:59:28 PM     Points: 0    
Kolorado Kingfisher, he responded to this question in the second comment here. I am interested, too!
 Reply by: Swigs      Posted: 8/21/2016 9:53:02 AM     Points: 1689    
The Jayhawker South Pond was loaded with channel catfish of all sizes, one of the surveyed fish had past and the gut contents confirmed the feeders are working....apologize if the photos offends but needed to prove the point.
 Reply by: escottsnyder      Posted: 9/10/2016 12:50:05 PM     Points: 0    
I heard recently that there are a few tiger muskie in the jayhawker pounds furthest to the west, by the gas station with the fishing dock, does anyone know anything about this?
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 9/10/2016 7:42:22 PM     Points: 387    
Thanks for you hard work Ben, be some fillets coming off the test subject?!
 Reply by: heryantoch      Posted: 9/12/2016 4:33:05 PM     Points: 1509    
I am sorry, but can someone educate me - what does that prove? Catfish are bottom feeder and they eat everything....
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 9/13/2016 1:27:00 PM     Points: 1682    
It proves that they are eating the food they are providing by providing that food the fish will increase in size faster and the numbers of survivors will be higher. Once they get to a certain size they are less Likly to be eaten.
And no, catfish are not just bottom feeders.
That is a mith

Ben I would love to meet with you and Paul W. Someday take you two to lunch.
I want to share the data I have collected you may be interested in it or maybe not?
I got really good year class survival data on some lakes
 Reply by: stancalloway      Posted: 9/13/2016 3:00:10 PM     Points: 20    
it's very true about cats not being just bottom feeders. in fact, i've caught channel cats on a green w/black hackle wooly bugger, on the flyrod. i'm not sh*tting you on that. Everything eats the wooly bugger. i've also caught them on spinners while fishing for trout.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 9/13/2016 4:31:25 PM     Points: 3788    
White sucker and carp = bottom feeder. Look at mouth placement, great for sucking sh*t off the bottom. Now look at a catfish mouth, and then look IN their mouths, they have teeth, carp and suckers do not. Catfish are scavengers, not bottom feeders. That being said cats will in fact eat just about anything they can find/catch, but rarely are they just full of mud like carp and suckers.

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