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Lake: Taylor Park Reservoir

Where are the Lakers

Post By: johnski      Posted: 2/1/2019 8:06:40 AM     Points: 4281    
So I got to the lake at about 9:00 am and it was minus 13. Thus began a day of watching very few fish on the Lowrance with very few bites. I was in 43 FOW. Rainbows cruised by at 5 to 20 feet and managed one. The lakers, staying close to bottom were rare but managed one. I quit in mid afternoon. Some fellas from Montrose, Rick and Sons Ethan and older brother fished nearby and had similar slow day. Ethan, an affable 16 year old, graciously offered me a snowmobile ride and pull the sled to the parking lot which sounded too good a deal, so I accepted. Very nice family as we visited for a while.
In years past, 6 to 10 lakers per day was the rule (keeping 3 for the pan). Last two years have been few or skunks. Have the 18 inch laker population now subsided? Or are they just moved to new feeding areas? I am beginning to wonder.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Feb. 1, 8:14:48 AM     Points: 616    
Haven't fished it this year - been scared of the snow and the long walk. We did well there last year. I think all 3 trips I took up there I caught at least 7. Nothing big, 17" - 24"

How much snow is up there? If I knew I could get a ride back up - or at least my sled pulled back up - I would go in a heartbeat
 Reply by: MAC ATTACK      Posted: Feb. 3, 11:39:20 AM     Points: 28492    
Last weekend at Taylor, two of us caught 23 fish in 50 fow. Fish were comming through in groups about every 10 minutes. I dead stick.a gold spoon about 2 feet off the bottom to atract, and slowly jjig a plastic off the bottom. Lakers are usually tight to the bottom. Its crutial to know the slope you're fishing on. If your blind spot on the graph is 6- 12 inches you might not see the fish.
 Reply by: Beto33      Posted: Feb. 5, 10:29:08 AM     Points: 60    
how thick was the ice?
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: Feb. 5, 11:16:16 AM     Points: 4281    
3 inches hard, 4 inches slush, 10 inches hard ice.
 Reply by: chucker      Posted: Feb. 5, 9:21:19 PM     Points: 39    
Hey Yard dogs. I am heading up there the first week in March. I would gladly take you back to the top. May be we can fish one day. I am going to go in the middle of the week. Tuesday - Thursday. Probably hit blue on Tuesday and Taylor the rest of the time.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Feb. 6, 8:13:44 AM     Points: 616    
I will keep that in mind and see if I can play hookie from work for a day....!!
 Reply by: Beto33      Posted: Feb. 6, 8:24:37 AM     Points: 60    
Thanks, we are going to make the 6 hour drive on the 15th!