Post By: FishingJunkie Posted: 9/18/2018 8:59:36 PMPoints: 1816
I live up in Westminster - would like to try for a good catfish this fall. I don't keep them. What lakes should I be fishing up north?! I don't want your spots, I'm just looking to narrow down the list to something that has a good chance of producing and limiting my all too frequent kitty-skunks. Boedecker, Lon Hagler, Boyd, Loveland Lake?
I'd love to fish McKay for cats - but it's flies and lures only according to the Rules book. I can't ignore those rules - even though so many break them - I've stopped going around that lake with my dog - I live just on the north end of it... it's too frustrating...
Killerfihser - I knew Sterns had some cats but didn't know it had anything larger than the 2-3lbs ones I've seen caught to date...... interesting. It's very close to me, though they don't let you fish there at night. Boulder police had chased me out of there one night... Still, interesting.
FishingJunkie, I forgot that the lake was only artificial flies/lures only. The reason I forgot is that I normally walk into the lake from the southwest side, and the only posting for fishing is in the main parking lot off of 144TH. I normally do not worry about any of the postings as I strictly use only artificial lures and only catch and release. However, I have caught catfish there on lures :)
Reply by: Killerfihser Posted: 9/21/2018 6:17:12 AM Points: 764
FJ - wish I had pictures to share of recent catches but I don't usually take picture of cats when caught. There are some bigguns in there. I usually fish until dark then leave, they seem to hit right at sun set. Your typical baits will work, night crawlers, stink baits, or cut bait.
Reply by: panchaser Posted: 9/21/2018 10:06:31 AM Points: 33
If you just want to catch cats in the 10-15'' range, bald eagle at st. vrain is the place. Gulp artificial blood flavored catfish bait (yes it is legal) under a bobber with a circle hook about 2 feet off the bottom. if you don't get a bite within 15 -20 mins move down 30-50 yards and toss out again. This works on most smaller ponds/lakes with channel cats in it.