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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir


Post By: JED      Posted: 1/8/2008 10:11:32 AM     Points: 4264    
This ice fishing season I have been completly skunked at Chatfield. I move around 3-4 times during each outing, yet nothing. Any ideas? I would like to catch some good walleyes, but I would be happy with some nice trout. Anyone have any ideas I would apperciate the help.
 Reply by: TightLine      Posted: 1/8/2008 1:29:22 PM     Points: 563
The trout are easy. Go off the handy caped point in 10-14 ft. of water and have a rod with a fathead minnow sitting still and the other jigging a small 1inch tube jig tipped with half a mealy or minnow head. red/white, blue/white, or pink is good. you can also head out of the north cove marina and head straight south until you drop off that ledge into deeper water. Fish that 8 ft ledge and the trout will come.

 Reply by: JED      Posted: 1/9/2008 3:42:40 AM     Points: 4264
Thanks TL. I am planning on going today. Is there a certain time that you think is the best? Again I have fished it at all hours and nothing. BUT I am ready to go and try again and again. You all caught some nice ones at Antero huh?
 Reply by: TightLine      Posted: 1/9/2008 11:59:54 AM     Points: 563
Usually anytime is good. Mornings from dark until about 10 or 11am and evening from 3pm until dark are usually best, but you can go out and catch trout any time of the day. The walleye are a little tough this year, and I think a lot of it has to do with a huge shad population, many of the walleye are stuffing themselves silly.

We've had some pretty good days up at Antero, but it's all the same stuff everyone else is doing. The key up there is to keep moving. Every one can catch fish like we've caught; the one Steph's holding is over 11 lbs. and I have seen multiple fish swim by that size. Many people are getting skunked at Antero, don't give up. The fish are there, sometimes you just gotta go find them.

Good Luck at Chatfield, let us know how you did.

 Reply by: JED      Posted: 1/9/2008 1:54:30 PM     Points: 4264
TL, When you are talking about the 1" tube jigs, you are talking about the plastic jig right? Sorry I have to ask these elementary questions, but I am still learning, thanxs
 Reply by: TightLine      Posted: 1/9/2008 2:07:35 PM     Points: 563
Yep, they are plastic tubes and have tenticles on the end. Don't apologize, if there's a question you need answered about fishing, this is the place to ask. There is no elementary questions here, only critical ones.
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