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Lake: Rifle Gap Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

Rifle Walleye

Post By: walleyeorbust      Posted: 7/6/2017 12:40:20 PM     Points: 823    
Hey guys and Gals, I finally have a day off tomorrow and plan to hit rifle gap for the first time with high hopes of some eyes. Short one day trip anyone have any advice on presentation, depth or structure to target. Will be launching a boat and initial plan was to pull lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches (If I can find them in GJ or rifle) till we hit something. Any nuggets of info to hone in on a X would be appreciated.
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 7/6/2017 1:55:28 PM     Points: 220    
personally i'd pull bottom bouncers over lindys. at least that way you'll be stuck to bottom as you explore the lake for the first time.
 Reply by: Goonch      Posted: 7/6/2017 2:32:28 PM     Points: 9    
They can be tricky this time of year in Rifle. No such thing as 100 fish days like some of these front range guys are having. But sounds like you've got a pretty good program dialed in. Your electronics will be key. I like to find them on the graph then jig them in the summer, most of the time I find them in the sandy basins 20-30ft. You'll catch a lot of trout chasing eyes too.

Please, please, please consider releasing all walleyes caught in Rifle. They are under attack and we the sportsmen need to band together to protect the resource. Same goes for Pike and Smallmouth. Good Luck!
 Reply by: Perchpatrol      Posted: 7/6/2017 11:22:35 PM     Points: 570    
No leeches allowed at RG.

Yes please release any walleye, smallmouth and large pike.

Lindy rigs will be tough with low water conditions unless you have a good insight or lakemaster map and can follow contours. Weeds are way up and the water is way down. Water is warm, structure is out of water sitting in the 100 high temps we've been having. Pretty sure the walleye burrow into the black stinky basin mud and don't move much when conditions are like they are currently. Good luck been tough

 Reply by: Rip Lip      Posted: 7/7/2017 12:57:11 PM     Points: 138    
Was posting my thoughts and then realized you are probably on the water as I write this, so not much help there. How'd you do?
 Reply by: death__from__below      Posted: 7/8/2017 8:03:45 AM     Points: 128    
"No leeches allowed at RG". I couldn't find this info and was just wondering where you found it. Thanks.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: 7/10/2017 7:53:33 AM     Points: 96    
I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there is no live bait allowed on the western slope other than worms(earthworms, mealworms, waxworms, etc...)
 Reply by: Perchpatrol      Posted: 7/10/2017 8:21:39 AM     Points: 570    
^^Yep, what Fisherguyd said^^
 Reply by: death__from__below      Posted: 7/10/2017 9:36:22 AM     Points: 128    
That's a common misconception. Live fish are not to be used as bait above 7000 ft or west of continental divide according to reg book. This does not apply to things that are not fish such as leeches and water dogs. So unless the specific body of water does not allow leeches then they are not part of the "live fish ban".
 Reply by: Perchpatrol      Posted: 7/10/2017 2:34:23 PM     Points: 570    
Ha so you're saying we can go introduce a new species of forage to a lake because it's not a fish when it falls off your hook? No you can't bring leeches from Denver and fish with them in RG or any other western slope water. They live in lakes on eastern slope but not western slope. I know what the regs state but call Rifle Gap state park or aquatic biologist Ben Felt if you would like clarification.

970-625-1607 RG State Park
970-255-6126 NW Aquatic biologist
 Reply by: Rip Lip      Posted: 7/10/2017 3:31:12 PM     Points: 138    
walleyeorbust, we'd love to hear how your Rifle outing went. Were you able to put some fish in the boat? Hope you made it and you had some action.
 Reply by: death__from__below      Posted: 7/10/2017 3:31:37 PM     Points: 128    
I love the sarcasm that people feel they need to interject in conversations. According to both the wardens and biologists from the Southwest region that I've discussed this exact issue with, all have said the same thing I did. So maybe they need to get their story straight. Usually what the regs state are the law aren't they. I read the regs cover to cover and stay within the law.

FYI Colorado has leeches in certain mountain lakes and the west slope, not just on the east slope and the subspecies of leeches bought as bait are not usually the same that are native to most bodies of water. I think there are around 80 different species of leeches in North America if I remember back to college days correctly.
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: 7/19/2017 11:40:33 PM     Points: 823    
Sorry for late response guys and thanks for the info, unfortunately I got called out for work and just got back. Headed over tomorrow to try from shore no boat this go. Anyone know where to rent a canoe between gj and rifle.
 Reply by: little lefty      Posted: 8/4/2017 10:41:19 AM     Points: 0    
Perchpatrol: The regulations state the use of 'live fish' as bait is prohibited on the western slope which includes minnows, bluegill, carp, sunfish, shad, sculpin, suckers, perch, and smelt. This does not include live bait such as worms, leeches, grubs, crickets, etc.

Like death_from_below said, these live species already exist within the reservoir, making them legal bait to use as long as new regulations are not posted on location.
 Reply by: ratdog      Posted: 8/4/2017 3:56:40 PM     Points: 149    
Deep Lake on the west slope has leeches
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 8/5/2017 10:29:03 AM     Points: 30    
Somebody evidently dreamed that misconception up quite some time ago. I've seen it spread around for years, but it's just not true - if you can't quote it from the fishing regs booklet, it is just so much BS. Only live fish and certain dead fish can't be used on the western slope, that's fish with bones and fins, surely everyone on this site knows what that is! Oh, yeah, and of course no zebra or quaega muscles, either, but that still leaves even assian clams that have invaded the CO River and plug up irrigation lines.

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