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Lake: Dixon Reservoir

Dixon - article on status

Post By: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/12/2016 9:14:12 AM     Points: 184621    
Here's the link to the Coloradoan article about Dixon. Rather disappointing that more effort wasn't make to protect the fishery, but I'm sure that after refilling that it will rebound in a few years. Until then I'll just have to fish other area waters.

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 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 10/12/2016 9:41:31 AM     Points: 7802    
I'll be curious how enlake will rebound once it gets filled back up and how long it takes to get filled to its normal levels.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/12/2016 10:09:57 AM     Points: 184621    
small reservoir so it will fill same season, as in full next year after repairs. As to how long to be a good fishery again, I'd say 3 years after stocking. The fishery has been primarily gills, largemouth, a few crappie, and channel cats. Doesn't take long to develope a "decent" fishery for those species.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 10/12/2016 8:45:50 PM     Points: 742    
The article says nothing about the fish did they all die or were some saved and put in other lakes
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 10/13/2016 9:16:54 AM     Points: 3907    
I used to fish Dixon pretty often. Id like to see them dredge a bit of it out and get rid of some of the vegetation while they are repairing the lake. It fills directly from Horsetooth res so they could have it filled up in a day or two after the repairs are completed.

As far as how it fishes after that, I dont know. Depends on the size / age of the fish they restock it with and what time of year they do it. but Id bet it would be less than 2 years after stocking. When full its only 7 or 8 foot deep at best so the water warms pretty quick and there will be a ton of forage when they do.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 10/13/2016 12:13:31 PM     Points: 1682    
All the gills bass golden shiners will be gone in a week with all those pelicans
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/13/2016 12:49:58 PM     Points: 184621    
I've been in contact with the City of Fort Collins on this issue, mainly expressing my concerns about them not being proactive and informing the public as to what was happening sooner.

They responded, indicated they could have done a better job updating us. Mike Calhoon, head of Parks indicated they will post some informational signage and that they are in contact with CPW about restocking the reservoir after the repairs are complete.

Those pelicans will fatten nicely with the low water. Monday I watched them at North Sterling do a number on the shad. Hundreds of them and annoying as all get out, as they kept feeding within my casting range. They showed no fear of me and my fly casting.
 Reply by: BFS Trout Lad (Zanedaddydollars)      Posted: 10/13/2016 6:36:54 PM     Points: 393    
I am quite upset about this one.


This was my after school fishing spot, and I'd catch around a 100 bass a day and some good sized crappie and bluegill too.

This place had HUGE gills.


Really disappointed. I can't think of a better pond in the area that produced as well as Dixon.
 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: 10/14/2016 11:00:35 PM     Points: 6650    
Sad news. Dixon has been a good fishery considering its proximity to population, and a real gem for fishing with younger children. I had many good days there but never caught one of the mammoth grass carp as I had intended. Here's to hoping it recovers quickly.
 Reply by: elkskinner      Posted: 10/15/2016 9:53:45 AM     Points: 350    
I have been fishing that res for 40 years. Used to take my kids up there, now take my grandkids.

One day, caught 7 different species. Best lake in the area for kids + bluegills.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 10/15/2016 10:52:09 AM     Points: 7802    
I'm with you guys on this one, it's where I got re-hooked on fishing and got my nephews hooked as well. Hope it recovers quickly.