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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

Relatively slow at Chatfield

Post By: Fishinbud      Posted: 1/3/2008 6:46:54 PM     Points: 0    
Well, I got a bit of a late start and wasn't fishing until about 10:30 am. Over the course of the next six hours, I fished transitional areas along the gravel pits in front of the swim beach and catfish flats in anywhere from 10-24 fow.
I moved a lot and fished at 4 different locations, as I wasn't marking any real decent concentrations of fish. I'd see a few fish here and there. The ones that I did see on the vex usually led to a bite (but they were relatively few and far between). Of the 6 bites that I had, I landed one small walleye 14" and 3 bows from 12-17" (the pic is of the better of the 3).
What did surprise me was the thickness of the ice. I fished as far as half way across the lake and was never fishing on any less than 8" of ice. At some places, it was as thick as a 10-12 thick. Every place that I went had a solid and clear 5-7" at least and then a cloudy layer on top of that. That said, you always have to be prepared and look out for thin spots on Chatfield due to various springs. And yes, the ice was making quite a bit of noise, cracking once right under me.
Like I said, I didn't have much luck but the little that I did have came on small white jigs tipped with a meal worm (deadsticked) and an airplane jig tipped with a piece of minnow (jigged somewhat aggressively).
I saw quite a few folks out there today, so hopefully there are more reports to come. Most of the folks that I spoke to had a few here and there but noone seemed to be experiencing any fast and furious, or even consistent action (Chatfield can be that way at times and makes you pay your dues sometimes). I've really got to get down to Antero, Tarryall or over to GM, Wolford or Williams Fork where seeing the vex lit up for most of the day is more common place. Until then, take care and best of luck!