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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

6 to 7 inches of ice

Post By: Codybucks      Posted: 1/2/2008 3:50:59 PM     Points: 125    
I was one of the crazy guys out there fishing on Chatfield on Dec. 31st in the wind. I caught 7 rainbows (didn't keep any) in about 10 to 12 feet of water. All the fish ranged from 10 to 14 inches. I was using small ice jig, yellow worked the best with wax worms. I tried everything for the walleyes and no luck. Does anybody have any advice on how and what to fish for there for walleyes?
 Reply by: Fishinbud      Posted: 1/2/2008 5:05:20 PM     Points: 0    
I've had some luck with walleyes in the gravel pits (edges of them) out from Catfish Flats, the swim beach and the old road bed near the submerged bridge. Usuallly a swedish pimple in about size 3 (1/5 oz.) in silver or gold color (sometimes with green or orange colored tape on them) tipped with the head of a fathead minnow works well. Also, airplane jigs tipped with a minnow head have great action and work well. This year, I'll be trying out the new rattlin' flyer jig by Lindy. Often times, walleyes will move up onto shallower structure during low light periods, in the 10-12 foot range. Later in the day, during high light conditions, they will often suspend over or move to deeper water, so, you have to punch a few holes to find them (this is when an underwater camera comes in handy to find them).
When working the swedish pimple, I'll actively jig to attract them and then use a less aggressive shaking or still presentation as they approach (as observed on the vex). Finally, I'll often have a set line on a slip bobber with usually a plain hook and live minnow. Between the two presentations, I try to have the fish tell me what they want. Bare in mind, I do much better on the eyes during the spring, summer and fall during the open water periods. However, they can be caught for those who take the time and have the persistence to do so. Well, I hope that this was of some help, take care and best of luck!

P.S. - Nathan Zelinsky, aka TLO, is the right guy to ask about eyes at Chatfield, as he successfully guides there (not the easiest thing to do for sure). The techniques that I use are the ones that I grew up using in MN and am still learning how to adapt them to reservoir fishing. If anyone could give you some solid technique and locational advise, it would be him. Maybe he'll put in his 2 cents worth which for guys like us, can be priceless.
 Reply by: Codybucks      Posted: 1/3/2008 9:53:01 AM     Points: 125    
Thanks JJL. I appreciate the info. I am just getting into fishing for the eyes through the ice. I have done quite well in my boat in spring, summer and fall. Talk to you soon!