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Lake: Valco Ponds (North Gateway Park)

Valco ponds?

Post By: Bubba02STi      Posted: 9/14/2017 10:34:00 PM     Points: 500    
Debating on taking my son down to the Pueblo hatchery tomorrow since he has the day off of school. We will probably hit the lower Arkansas there for a bit but I was looking at the ponds near by. I've never fished them. Any info would be appreciated. Or any other recommendations of nearby ponds or such. Keep in ,ind we will be using the fly rods.
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 9/15/2017 10:31:25 AM     Points: 487    
I know this may have been caught to late, but I have fished there once. That section of the Arkansas has some decent smallmouth and some browns in there. The ponds were super clear. I saw some big smallmouth in there and some pretty good perch. Also some play largemouth and some spotted bass. I fished it with conventional tackle, but the river you could get a fly on no problem. If I remember correctly, there a few spots where you could get a decent cast with a fly rod, but a lot of the banks were super heavily brushed, so it's not super ideal for fly casting. Definitley a cool fishery though
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 9/15/2017 12:43:17 PM     Points: 500    
You caught this in time. After checking the hatchery site they stated that there are no viewable trout from July through October. So we may just wait a bit to go down there. Thanks for the tips on the ponds and river though. I always see people down there right after where you would turn to head to the reservoir. Never fished it though. Always looked crowded. Might give it a shot still.
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 9/15/2017 10:34:25 PM     Points: 23648    
valco ponds are NOT trout friendly, they are warm water friendly with tons of small blue gills and bass, these waters/ponds are pretty small, and are heavily pressured, the river next to these ponds are marked with special regs, and only allow specific baits around certain boundaries, make sure you know the regs before fishing around these areas, also bag and possession limits are limited to length and size per person, KNOW the rules and regs before fishing these areas as they are always checking that area.