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Lake: John Martin Reservoir

Who fishes into the Fall for warm-water species?

Post By: FastLayne      Posted: 9/20/2019 12:47:57 PM     Points: 3140    
Who fishes into the Fall and early winter for warm-water fish in Colorado?

What fish do you target and what changes do you see in the fish as the weather cools into the Fall and early winter?
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 9/20/2019 2:44:08 PM     Points: 2332    
In my opinion, almost ALL species of both warm and cold water fish get more active as the temperatures fall. They seem to know winter is on the way, and like their beastly counterparts, stock up on the goodies while they can. The fall and early winter can be some of the best fishing. Ski
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 9/20/2019 6:21:08 PM     Points: 24148    
Don't want to divulge too much info on the free side. But there is a temp range that occurs when almost every fish seems to be on the "chew". If I remember correct. LMB is our only warm water fish.( but they can be caught through the ice too ) Salmonids like it a little chilly. And fish like Pike ,Walleye, And SMB do best in cool water. There is a sweet spot where they all seem willing to take a lure. As the temps drop out of that range. The fish start to prefer baits that are smaller and more "natural" ( live bait ) . Until you reach hard water ( aka Iceweirdo season ) . Where it's itsy bitsy lures sweetend with some kind of natural offering.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 9/20/2019 7:26:57 PM     Points: 24148    
Edit. Gotta give a nod to the Catfish and Carp guys. They to are Warm Water game fish. Don't chase them much. they tend to fall off my radar. Sorry .
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 9/20/2019 7:30:08 PM     Points: 7413    
Dog days of summer are about to go to put on the fall feed bag.As the water temp comes down the bite will go up.C.C. will fish tough till the water turns cold enough to kill off the shad,then its eyes till the state closes the boat ramp.Aurora has been a hard one this year,but will get better as it cools off.
 Reply by: rkhancock      Posted: 9/20/2019 8:17:47 PM     Points: 24631    
My favorite time to bass fish is November and December. Good numbers of big fish and no one else is out fishing. Just need to put in your homework and study time to find the fish and patterns they want. I look forward to October-December all year long for bass.
 Reply by: dblendc      Posted: 10/2/2019 12:05:31 PM     Points: 256    
I visited with the game wardens who cover John Martin and other lakes down here in the SE corner last week. Some waters are heating up as I type this. If any "Free Siders" want me to pass along what they said please send me a message.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/2/2019 12:06:33 PM     Points: 57479    
^^^ they would need a way to contact you... maybe your email addy?
 Reply by: FastLayne      Posted: 10/2/2019 1:32:05 PM     Points: 3140    
Hi dblendc -
I'd like to hear about what the Game Wardens said.

Thanks !!
 Reply by: dblendc      Posted: 10/2/2019 2:58:04 PM     Points: 256    

I forgot that it is the other colo fishing information site that lets everyone send messages.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 10/3/2019 9:13:45 PM     Points: 1692    
bait balls of shad in fall everything feeds up frenzy