Post By: BDF_Beats_GDW Posted: 5/21/2017 6:56:55 PMPoints: 2388
Anyone been fishing at Dixon? I heard they drained it before winter to work on the dam. The lake is pretty shallow normally and if they lowered it i couldn't imagne it was more than a few feet deep. I was wondering if it winter killed or not. I saw a report about bullhead, but I've never caught one out of there. Wondering if the bluegill and bass survived.
Reply by: bardkin Posted: 5/23/2017 7:11:37 AM Points: 3907
I haven't been there for a few years but used to fish it all the time. I can tell you that it was around 8 ft deep in the middle, maybe a bit more at the dam. There's always been winter kill there due to how shallow it is.
I do know they drained it to work on the dam and the plumbing but I don't know how much they let out. They can usually have it filled in a day, stocked the next day and it would be ready to go.
In years past I could go and fill up my stringer with 10"+ crappies and bluegills and be home for lunch. the last several years have slowed way down so I don't go anymore. If I drive that far I head to the Poudre.
This still makes me so sad. The best bluegill fishery in Northern Colorado down the drain, with no recovery effort at all, and little to no explanation or apology by the powers that be. To say it could have been handled better would be the understatement of the Century.
I'm pretty sure it was going down hill pre-flood when they kept draining it and filling it over and over and over throughout the year. You can't let a lake get to 70 F, drain it and fill it with 50F water in the same day and expect the fish to all survive it.
It will still be a great bluegill and crappie place though- They could stock it tomorrow and have it back to normal in just a few months. Those fish are pretty resilient and can survive in mud puddles. Just all depends on what they do with Horsetooth throughout the year.
Reply by: edawg Posted: 5/24/2017 8:09:44 AM Points: 223
I too have seen the decline in upper end size panfish here, but it still was hands down the most dependable panfish bite in NoCo. Unlike the Midwest, good bluegill fisheries are pretty rare in Colorado. And it's a shame to not do more to protect one when it exists. I agree that Dixon will be good again, but it'll be several years before it bounces back. When the CPW re-stocks it, they're not going to do so with 8" panfish- it wouldn't be cost effective. They'll put in 2-4" fingerlings, and it will take at least a couple years for them to grow up. In the meantime, us few hardcore panfish enthusiasts will be scrambling to find a similarly dependable spot. Wish there were more of them.
I stopped by briefly tonight just to see how the lake was looking. It is still down about 6 feet. I talked to a couple of fisherman. One showed me a 5# catfish that he caught. His kids also caught some bluegills. Another guy caught some bluegills but released them.
Reply by: fishthumpre Posted: 5/29/2017 11:52:39 AM Points: 198
I've stopped by Dixon several times in recent months to see how things were going, but haven't fished it since right after it was drained last fall. If they needed to fix the dam, they needed to fix the dam, but I see no sign that any repair work has been done at all. It's just sitting there a few feet deep waiting for steamy summer weather to finish the fish kill. I don't understand why there's been no update at all from the city on this once-fine fishery. Here's the latest thing I coud find, from the Coloradoan... [log in for link]