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Lake: Harvey Gap Reservoir
Fish: Tiger Muskie


Post By: marleemoo      Posted: 5/23/2017 5:07:46 PM     Points: 69    
Finally, I got a Tiger Musky here in Colorado. After at least a dozen attempts at Harvey Gap and Clear Creek Reservoir the Gap produced. I know he's just a little feller, but an accomplishment none the less. I actually caught him off a stand up paddle board. Can't say it was amazing angling. I was about to blow onto shore and I flipped my large black bunny strip to the side of my board with my left hand so I could paddle with my right. (I'm right handed). Out of the corner of my eye I saw the Musky sitting there with my fly in its' mouth. All I had to do was jerk the rod. I couldn't strip because the paddle was in my other hand. Luckily I'm ambidextrous, and only had ten feet of line out. I missed two other strikes, couldn't tell if they were Skies or Pike. I was able to put together a pattern though. Fish were holding on wind blown banks with submerged vegetation. To get bit the fly had to be held stationary for a few seconds. My wife and I had celebratory cheese burgers at the new Culvers in Glenwood Springs afterwards... Delicious. My next goal is a big Tiger Musky out of CCR. Wish me luck, the first one only took three years.

It's a sad thing the state is going to drain Harvey Gap, destroying all fish. Saving the native species in the Colorado River seems a bit fishy to me. Politics! If anyone knows who to contact so I can file a grievance please share.

On a side note, the Crappie fishing has been great at The Gypsum Ponds. I know there are Smallmouth Bass in there too. The State better do something about that.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 5/23/2017 5:08:52 PM     Points: 63887    
YEY! Congrats!
 Reply by: jshanko      Posted: 5/23/2017 5:18:38 PM     Points: 8641    
He might be small but he's pretty. Nice, Congrats
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/23/2017 5:56:14 PM     Points: 59330    
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:13:03 PM     Points: 38411    
Very nice looking fish! Im jealous....congrats!
 Reply by: ultralightfanatic      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:24:08 PM     Points: 814    
Congrats, very cool.
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:29:55 PM     Points: 204    
You should try Big Creek
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:30:13 PM     Points: 3829    
Awesome looking fish ! WTG
 Reply by: JohnnyW      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:34:29 PM     Points: 840    
Nice going man! Only 3 years you say? Well in that case I guess patience really is a virtue.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 5/23/2017 6:40:26 PM     Points: 262    
Nice job! I've only had follows from Tigers there!
 Reply by: Perchpatrol      Posted: 5/23/2017 9:34:02 PM     Points: 570    
Such a shame about HG. Some real potential was going to start coming out of that lake this summer. Can't put the boat on it and they're draining it. Crying out loud...literally
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 5/23/2017 9:43:59 PM     Points: 63887    
^^^Sweet fish!
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: 5/23/2017 10:39:43 PM     Points: 1404    
Sad indeed... HG is producing some awsome fish this year! 4-5lbs smallies, 6lbs+ largemouth, 12-15" crappies, 10"+ bluegills, and of course some huge pike! Hopefully they leave a big enough puddle and some of these fish survive!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 5/24/2017 6:04:57 AM     Points: 3362    
Nice I hooked my first one at Estes lake on Tuesday morning. He was alot smaller then that the fish of the million casts. Evergreen lake has some real big ones. Can only get them to chase no strikes yet
Nice fish
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 5/24/2017 6:46:19 AM     Points: 204    
Are they going to kill the pike and muskie or relocate them?
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: 5/24/2017 8:22:04 AM     Points: 1404    
They don't have plans to relocate or "kill" anything. The local Dutch company is simply draining the lake down to repair the dam. They hope that there will be about a 20 acre puddle in the middle that is 10 to 15 feet deep. Hopefully it's enough to allow some of those fish to survive. The CPW will also place the fish salvage rule back on, meaning anything you catch you can keep.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/24/2017 8:12:00 PM     Points: 534    
Many moons ago they drew it down to 8 feet and the fish survived. Hope that is the case this time. It is a great fishery.

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