Post By: FishSeal Posted: 3/27/2018 1:16:43 PMPoints: 8930
Greetings my fellow fishing enthusiasts. Even though I may not have the opportunity to get out and fish as much, and though I enjoy all the fish pictures, questions, and tips on the forum, I'd like to share this with you all.
The CSU Chapter of American Fisheries Society (AFS) is holding its 33rd Annual Evan Lefort Memorial Fishing Derby!! This is the derby that whoever has a ticket (only 100 available, one per person), adult or child, will have the opportunity to fish the infamous College Lake! Tickets ($30) will be available starting at noon on April 21 at the Wagar Building on the southwest corner of the CSU Oval. College Lake is on CSU property is only open to the public two times a year, made possible by AFS. The spring derby is available to adults and children and the fall derby is children only.
Monster bass (both largemouth and smallmouth), Northern Pike, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Common Carp and some of the fish present in College Lake.
It truly is an amazing place.
If you have any questions, please contact AFS at AFSCSU@gmail.com.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: Mar. 27, 9:16:35 PM Points: 8930
That was my second largest pike, 36.25". I never claimed it because College lake is a private lake.
However, although that is a "large" pike by today's standards in College lake, they used to be "common" when I was in college and had the opportunity to fish College Lake. There are still a few 40" plus in there, but not like there used to be.
Still, I have a picture of the 5# smallie I caught and a largemouth as well... just can't find them.
The prizes the students get for the derby are totally worth it as well. It really is amazing what they are able to accomplish, on top of a regular semester of school work.
I remember when we used to sneak in there ass kids back in 94 through 96 and we caught monsters let me tell you , The CSU security guards were pretty cool if they caught us but they knew we hiked down from the reservoir Road which is one hell of a hike, plus they knew we were putting the fish back they did ask if we found any deformities to call a number and let them know but we call monsters out of there.
I remember once crawling on the outside of the metal pump house and falling in with a monster Pike on my line which I lost I know it was a state record, We would catch them off that bow house and you could see have for Roche us they were as they would attack each other. The black crappie or the size of serving platters, they were freaking huge plus they looked for structure so you could sit on the pump house and just watch them at what they do best which was eating scores of minnows.
The best part of the lake is on the east side from the gate all the way to where the irrigation canal runs in, but the problem is getting past the weeds but thatís when we would sneak in during the summer fall .
Iím telling folks if you get the chance to fish it itís worth every dam penny. Filled up really bad with weeds, so I use the technique with the balloon where I had put a slit at the very bottom, I would let the wind take it all the way out to the middle of the lake, give a nice firm jerk break the remaining part of the rubber balloon in my lure dropped.
Everything was all good until they put the CDC out there!
Like Ray says itís a private lake and I snuck in so I wouldíve never been able to get a record the biggest one I caught out of there was 48, The poor guy Knicked his Gil when inhailing my spoon, we caught so many fish that we pinched the Barbís back on our hooks which made for easier release so The fish were stressed as much Plus since they didnít see fishing pressure they literally demolished the the lure.
I could only imagine during its glory days
But now that I think about it I started fishing it in 1993 until about 96, he had to hike down the side of the mountain with all of our fishing poles all of our gear, and while in trees that were taller than us, there was no sense in stringing up your fishing pole, we all wore a long sleeves. The average bass was about 22 inches and your average northern pike was about 40 inches