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Lake: Prospect Park Lakes (Wheatridge)

bird island

Post By: Habaceeba      Posted: 3/26/2018 7:47:13 AM     Points: 165    
I fished Tabor from my SOT on Saturday (3/24/18) from 10:30a-5p. Water was in mid-50s and stained with less than 1' visibility. I also noticed a lot of algae everywhere. I could not get the skunk out of the boat. Could the tiny island with 2 dead trees and hundreds of cormorants nesting be causing water quality issues here at Tabor?
 Reply by: le_trout      Posted: 3/26/2018 9:16:38 AM     Points: 135    
Hats off to you for actually putting a boat on that water...I cast into it a few times and was like "I think I'm good on this." It's so gross. Have heard wild stories about big cats in there, though!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 3/26/2018 9:36:49 AM     Points: 32944    
They ate not the cause of the water conditions, I think. They are affecting the fish population though.
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: 3/26/2018 10:30:39 AM     Points: 881    
Most Texas lakes have trees in them and the birds nest in them and the catfish feed on there droppings so we always fished below the trees with good success. They eat a lot of small fish.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 3/26/2018 10:36:10 AM     Points: 3702    
I would say the biggest problem with the water clarity and algae in the lake would be the fact it doesn't appear to have good water flow in and out.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 3/26/2018 11:35:24 AM     Points: 7842    
i haven't fished there in a while but Tabor always has a pretty substantial algae bloom at some point during the year, makes it real tough fishing jigs or near some of the other cover because it just gets covered with the slimey filamentous algae. not 100% sure why it happens but its just a part of the annual cycle.

also you are only able to put any kind of boat/float tube on Tabor before March 1 and after August 1, they usually have a sign posted at both ends of the lake along the bike path and its on the boards by the parking lots (at least they were all there the last time I was there). Prospect and West lake are available all year long as long for hand launched boats. You'd probably want to call and double check before launching there again.

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City of Wheat Ridge and CPW say that the island is an active Great Blue Heron rookery...I have only seen herons there twice in the last 8-9 years, but the last time I saw them they were actually sitting in a nest on the south end of the island...up until that point I had called BS on it...oh well