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Who knows about Big Thompson Ponds?

Post By: ass bass or cash      Posted: 8/13/2019 6:50:12 PM     Points: 1580    
I stopped by on my lunch hour for a quick fishing trip yesterday, never had been here before and had a hard time finding ponds. Does the pond I have marked with a red star still exist? Doesn't help that there are no area maps posted anywhere that I could find. I followed one heavily worn trail to the right of the parking lot to an area surrounded by trees that looked like it could be a pond and I ended up in a primitive looking corn field, no pond. I did make it to the larger pond near the restrooms which is about a half mile walk down a dirt road from the parking lot off the frontage road due to the gates all being closed to vehicles past that first lot. I caught one small but healthy bass and then had to head back to work. I'd like to try again when I have more time to find more ponds. Any info is appreciated.
 Reply by: Wattzz      Posted: Aug. 14, 7:13:52 AM     Points: 13060    
There is now only 2 ponds there since the flood,
Stay towards the left from the parking lot and You have to walk down the old road past the port'o'let then the 1st one you come too use to decent fishing but is now has very limited access to the water unless you work your way through the cat tails and weeds, I didn't fish it last time there, then keep walking further back and you find the back pond, Has very little shore access but it is fishable but real heavy weedy, lots of small bullheads that fell like 4-5 lbs when your reeling them in due to the amount of heavy moss that covers your rigs.
Seems like it turned into a hunters paradise,
The pond that your speaking about no longer exits sorry,
Hope this helps and might or might not save you a trip!

 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Aug. 14, 8:53:29 AM     Points: 1580    
Wattzz, extremely helpful, thank you. I thought I was losing my marbles.
 Reply by: fishthumpre      Posted: Aug. 14, 9:59:52 AM     Points: 198    
Yeah, Wattzz described the Big Thompson Ponds situation pretty well. It was a pretty good fishing spot prior to the 2013 floods I had the chance to visit not long after the floods. The river basically blasted through 3 of the ponds. The channel moved south about a hundred years and the old channel filled in with sand. They were always pretty shallow and weedy, but at the right time of the seasons could give up some nice fish. Simpson State Wildlife Area just west suffered similar damage when the river breached its banks too. Can't say I've fished it since then, but it looks in better shape.