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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Fishless waters

Post By: i2fly      Posted: 11/6/2019 8:44:53 PM     Points: 1887    
I decided to head over to Chatfield reservoir at about 8am this morning. I did my chores and figured I could get some fishing in by10am. Even if it was more like casting practice. I truly had minimal expectations. I fished 2 hours in blue bird weather not a tap.... I spoke several boaters nada. Then to one of the rangers there Darla I believe. She said fishing had been better a week ago Saturday but not good lately. I walked away thinking if that little breeze would pick up I might catch a fish. Not overly buoyed by our conversation. The wind did start to gust. I positioned myself to take advantage of the wind. With the chop and a haze building I could make out a weed line running diagonally left to right. I punched a cast to the side of the weeds. In seconds my indicator shot under. Missed the hook set, then I missed the second hit. Upset with myself I pitched them in there again. Down she went. First of eight to to net. From there I pecked around my cast and still there were fish everywhere I fanned to. Prior to the wind the water was just was dead. It was 1:45 when I quit. It was extremely cold as I said It was, a blue bird day...! yep my jacket was in the truck. However I got to thinking pre front bite though. Anyway fun day.... Oh yeah the bug was my brown leech. Under an indicator at seven 7’ best fish was 18”. Sorry no fish porn did not want to get my hands wet..... i2
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 11/6/2019 9:53:34 PM     Points: 60    
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 11/7/2019 6:27:46 AM     Points: 1887    
No they were trout JD. I expected to get some smallmouth but none were willing. However the wind proved to be the light switch. I wonder if anyone else found this to be true. The boats started coming off the lake as soon as the wind picked up. I thought you all are missing out. It was not white capping or dangerous. We pray for the just right wind when fishing Spinney.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/7/2019 7:14:48 AM     Points: 57476    
12fly - the fishing is pretty much ALWAYS better with the dreaded "W" word. I far prefer a 10 MPH wind with a slight chop on the water over dead calm water.

good job on getting on some fish
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 11/7/2019 9:11:21 AM     Points: 60    
i2fly nice. I want to catch some SMB on the fly there someday, looks fun.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 11/7/2019 10:01:14 AM     Points: 8266    
very nice!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 11/8/2019 6:59:01 AM     Points: 1887    
JD, the smallies will eat flies big time. Especially the leeches they love them. However the best smallmouth I’ve landed at Chatfield was on a #18 San Juan. 17.5” fish I couldn’t believe it took that tiny fly.

Try along the dam’s rip rap start along the north west corner and work towards the tower you should find some. Mini buggers and leech patterns dead drifted just over the rocks 20-30’ out. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening for sure.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 11/8/2019 7:58:48 AM     Points: 5164    
Good job hanging in there i2 and you worked through the “rubber hook” syndrome. Looks like the weathers warmed up quite a bit since we left, can’t remember an October with those low temps and lots of snow like we experienced this year.
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 11/8/2019 10:03:56 AM     Points: 1449    
Are you wading out at allto find these weed beds? I’m trying to find the trout at chatfield but am not having luck unless there is ice
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 11/8/2019 5:12:33 PM     Points: 1887    
Trout, no waders and boots. Stay dry! That rip rap will kill you..well hurt you for sure. I had the perfect view of the weed lines when there was chop.! Give it a go and fish. I had no idea where I just fished. I gave you what I did to be successful...! Be patient! Give the brown leech a go.
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 11/8/2019 10:19:56 PM     Points: 1449    
Thanks i2fy ill Give it a go