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Lake: Lonetree Reservoir

Weird afternoon at Lonetree Reservoir

Post By: ass bass or cash      Posted: 11/10/2018 8:15:17 PM     Points: 2177    
On my way back from Dowdy coming down 287, I stopped by Lonetree. Never been before. Water level was drawn down fairly low, but water was clear and conditions were great with only a light wind out of the west, sunshine and a storm rolling in. No one else was fishing, i had the lake all to myself. I walked down the boat ramp and noticed a dead goose washed up on shore but didn't think much of it, they die too. After about an hour and a half of no bites, I looked up Lonetree on Fishexplorer and read about several issues with managing the lake. I fished hard for another hour, threw everything I usually catch bass and walleye on and had a worm out on the other rod for anytjing else. No luck, Nothing. Zero fish activity in 2-1/2 hours. Other than the dead goose, no birds out on the lake either. Is this lake dead or did I just get the skunk? It happens every so often but usually I see some sign of life, a follow, a missed bite, something took my bait, carp rolling, fish rising. None of that at Lonetree today. Anyone else have any better luck recently before I cross this one off my list?
 Reply by: oldblue156      Posted: 11/11/2018 2:51:47 AM     Points: 2029    
I know the area around Lonetree has been used for hunting in the past and maybe still is used for hunting currently which may explain the dead goose, I'm not much of a hunter but I believe it is goose season right now so maybe that one had been shot. As far as the fishing goes, I used to do well often at Lonetree for multiple species but have not been fishing it as much since all the lease negotiations started up. I know that the lake has not been stocked in well over a year and CPW also did quite a bit of fish relocation to nearby lakes when they lost the lease. I'm sure there are still "plenty" of fish in there but probably significantly fewer considering what has happened. Hard to say if they weren't biting that day or if its just not the same fishery after the fish relocation...probably a combination of both in my opinion. I caught a nice bass there a few months back which was the last time I was there. Beautiful place, was a great fishery (possibly still is). I'm hoping that CPW and the new lease holders can work out an agreement that allows public angling and resumes stocking but we shall see.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 11/11/2018 9:16:01 AM     Points: 3625    
from what i remember goose season is closed west of I-25 right now and is only open east side of I-25 currently until next week.
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