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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Bluegill

Bluegill in chatty

Post By: 11thplace      Posted: 7/17/2018 6:26:24 PM     Points: 354    
In the past week I've caught 3 bluegill that were all 9". Caught them between midnight and 2 a.m. using lindy and leeches. Water temp seems to be ideal for them spawning. I've fished chatty for 35 years now and these are by far the biggest bluegills I've caught there. Has anyone ever limited out on keeper blue gill there before? I'll try again tomorrow night.
 Reply by: EasyWR450rider      Posted: Jul. 26, 12:16:53 PM     Points: 29    
Over the last 10 years I've caught an average of one bluegill per trip to Chatfield. I've fished it an average of 20 times per summer. Those are not good odds confirming there's a good population of gills in Chatfield.

Maybe the gill nets or other modes of taking fish census tell a better story about this species. I'd bet no one has gotten a limit of gills very often.

IMO gills need all the help they can get by releasing all the big ones and in my case they top out at 10" there. If you want a limit of gills we all must do our part to first help their population become healthy in this body of water.

One way is to C&R every last one you catch until you start catching more than 10 per trip. And even then, all 10 you catch should be 8-12" Then start keeping those 10" gills. This is all just my opinion or 2 cents.

We need to see a healthy population of breeder sized gills before we talk about taking a limit. This is CO and not MN, WI, IL, NE, KS. We may never see a healthy population of gills at Chatfield due to a different type of ecosystem that it is compared to those weedy, nutrient rich waters of the midwest
 Reply by: Slay them with AVET      Posted: Jul. 26, 2:32:43 PM     Points: 3    
I'd like to add that I fish alot of local lakes in the Morrison area as well as Chatfiled and have had no luck catching any Bluegills. Either they are being over fished, or may be a more complex problem.
 Reply by: kcolalb      Posted: Jul. 26, 4:06:05 PM     Points: 770    
I generally only get smaller ones, 4 to 6 inches. Just caught a few at chatfield yesterday. Some pretty colors, but not very big.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Jul. 27, 1:17:55 PM     Points: 7460    
i really haven't seen or heard of people getting into a lot of gills there. I personally haven't landed any of them but i'm usually fishing with much bigger tackle chasing walleye and bass.

if I remember right Chad LaChance did a show on Chatty with Nate Zelinski fishing for bluegill out on some humps with slip bobbers...must have been quite a few years ago but i'm pretty sure they got into a good amount of them with some pretty decent size to them.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Jul. 27, 2:08:22 PM     Points: 705    
^^^^^^^^ saw that episode and they both easily limited out.

I think there is a pretty good population there, but most people don't fish for them. Also, they are not all over the place like many midwest lakes, but are rather confined to certain parts of the lakes that best meet their needs. Caught 8 or so one time (fishing for walleyes) all in one area, as well as a few here & there when i fish that spot. Never seen them anywhere else on the lake, weird.
 Reply by: Doug K      Posted: Jul. 27, 3:31:49 PM     Points: 51    
been fishing Chatfield for over 20 years now, caught my first bluegill ever in there a week or two back.. mine topped out around 7" though, nothing very big. The habitat isn't great and there are a lot of predators in there.. I wonder if the milfoil is helping bluegill populations ?
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Jul. 27, 4:02:14 PM     Points: 7460    
I think all of the extra weed growth is going to be helping out both the bluegills and largies in there...also saw a small crappie sitting on a tall strand in about 10' of water last year...didn't see any of his friends with him though.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 27, 6:09:46 PM     Points: 22056    
Ive never caught a bluegill at Chatty but a couple years ago we were playing with our flyrods and caught a bunch of little sunfish. Goosehunter even got one on the flyrod. Caught about 30.
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: Jul. 28, 11:02:36 AM     Points: 0    
When Chatfield first opened. I used to fish the Dam. There was Bluegill everywhere among the rocks! Now their not there. A lot more Predators in the water.
 Reply by: bottomfeeder      Posted: Jul. 29, 12:12:17 PM     Points: 15    
I have caught literally thousands of bluegills out of Chatfield. For the last 15 years July and August are usually the best two months when you find them you just have to stay on them. Can't give away any certain locations but they are very plentiful and big
 Reply by: EasyWR450rider      Posted: Jul. 30, 1:08:54 PM     Points: 29    
^^^^^those don't look like big gills IMO

A big gill resembles a dinner plate! Doubtful those exist in CO

and....thousands?? You are definitely a fisherman.

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