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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Looking for a bait shop

Post By: principalbean      Posted: 2/17/2019 2:13:51 AM     Points: 0    
I feel dumb for asking this. I'm in West Arvada and have enjoyed ice fishing at Chatfield, but I cannot figure out a bait shop that doesn't take me into Denver. Where can I buy some minnows without back tracking?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 17, 2:34:33 AM     Points: 3845    
Discount tackle on Santa fe has minnows,but the hrs may not fit your travel time.
I'd buy a fish tank aireator at Walmart and a battery powered air pump,buy the minnows the day before and keep them on an air pump over night.
That's how I do it.
I buy my minnows at Bills on Washington st. and keep them on the back porch over night where its cool.
I,too live in Arvada and there is no real way to get minnows around here.

 Reply by: Sloth0455      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:20:38 AM     Points: 3    
Cabelaís sells live minnows as well. Shiners and fat heads. It kinda out of the way but thereís always an excuse to go into Cabelas. $3.99 a dozen and they always give you a few extra.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Feb. 17, 8:28:50 AM     Points: 1783    
I work part time at Sportmanís and get asked all the time about minnows. Billís and Discount are the only 2 places I know of that sell them. Tough deal for those who like the live minnows.

I fish flies only. I have had tremendous success with the balanced minnow pattern. Maybe that and some shad scents could help you find willing fish. Iíve been working on some heavy hooks in a white glow pattern for those of you that fish deep for lakers. Iíve gotten good response from the guys at work.

Live bait is hard to beat. But there are always options that also work. Thatís fishing....
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 17, 2:31:01 PM     Points: 3845    
I have a 120 V power converter built in to my truck,so I use a fish tank air pump in the truck and at home.I also have a battery powered air pump from Frailbil that runs on two D cells.In the winter the water gets cold and minnows don't use a lot of oxegen . . .if you have enough water,you can keep one or two dozen minnows alive with little or no air pump.
B.T.W. . . .Valley Tackle has minnows,too.

 Reply by: skunkedagain 1      Posted: Feb. 17, 3:53:35 PM     Points: 0    
Cabelaís has minnows ? Never noticed them at the Lonetree store. Or are they only sold up north? Thanks
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: Feb. 17, 5:38:42 PM     Points: 851    
Jax's in Broomfield has minnows. 120th and Sheridan and they are a lot cheaper than Cabelas.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Feb. 17, 6:26:30 PM     Points: 27869    
Discount carries more than one kind of minnow and has leeches too. Good tackle selection and very forthcoming with info and tips.
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: Feb. 18, 7:56:09 AM     Points: 886    
I haven't checked the regs so do so first. Pets mart sells what they cal "rosie reds". These are just fathead minnows. I am not sure if they would work, but I thought I might pass the idea along. I have seen them in both a pink and a grey at PetsMart. Anyone use these? Are they legal?
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Feb. 18, 9:24:15 AM     Points: 2101    
During the winter you can put minnows in an old folgers can (or something similar) and keep then in your refrigerator for weeks, without an aerator.
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: Feb. 18, 12:29:23 PM     Points: 886    
I just looked it up and the fathead minnow is specifically mentioned and allowed for use as live bait or minnows.
 Reply by: Nmnm      Posted: Feb. 18, 6:05:51 PM     Points: 0    
The Outdoorsmenís Attic ... Federal and 285. Price is right and they have a punch card. Also the staff are super cool and they have a ton of gear you didnít know you needed for cheap. Highly recommend.
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: Feb. 19, 1:02:53 AM     Points: 67    
Valley Country Tackle
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Feb. 19, 7:42:50 PM     Points: 1864    
Cabela's in Lonetree DOES have minnows, both Fatheads and Shiners. They're in the back, and you have to ask.

The Rosy minnows that can be had at the pet stores are also legal, as they are indeed a Fathead (I use them as a fallback, but they're pretty small most of the time).

Just remember, you need to keep your receipt with you for any live aquatic bait you might have, to prove legality if a game warden should check you.

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