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Big bluegills

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 5/14/2020 12:06:49 PM     Points: 305    
Western Slope is heating up and that means the panfish are getting active. Decided to target them since I haven't had fresh fried fish in some time! Caught a bunch of really nice ones, all kept were from 7-9"! Foraged for some curly dock greens as well and used them with the food(pictured below). Tasted great!!!

Really windy day so we only stayed a few hours, luckily we're in warm weather now! Water was pretty warm too but still sort of chilled from the runoff.

Hope you guys enjoy the video, if not pics like always!!

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 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 5/14/2020 6:50:27 PM     Points: 17
Nice big bluegills are a blast
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 5/14/2020 8:29:48 PM     Points: 305

It really is awesome how hard they fight for their size! Love them even more when they're in the fryer haha! I love catching the MA ones, I always swear I have a bass on at first!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 5/15/2020 5:59:32 AM     Points: 463
This time of year there are usually lots of sego lily bulbs and wild onions on the north facing hillside just south of that lake (reservoir). Combined they make a nice side dish. Those little slabs make my mouth water, yum.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 5/15/2020 6:47:59 AM     Points: 201
Thats great! Fun!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 5/15/2020 10:12:03 AM     Points: 305

Great info!! Never have done any foraging on that hillside, Samantha will be happy to hear that as well. They were delicious, going to be targeting crappie in a few weeks.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 5/15/2020 10:13:33 AM     Points: 305

Always a blast when you're catching good size gills haha! :D
 Reply by: Buddy G      Posted: 6/3/2020 7:36:36 AM     Points: 0
Hello, I am new to this forum and just recently started fishing again after not fishing for 20+ years. Can anyone tell me where to catch bluegill, crappie, perch and walleye? I live in Castle Rock, went to Chatfield Res. but no luck. I don't know where to fish on such a big lake, plus many boats and people. Am open to suggestions of hot spots anywhere in the state. Would appreciate any help. Thanks for the pictures and stories, you are motivating me to go fishing!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 6/3/2020 8:54:11 AM     Points: 71190
Nice catch co ff!
Buddy g, welcome to the forum. I'de concider throwing your email out there. For the info your asking about you'll likely get a few responses but most likely no shared on the open forum. Good luck with your quest!
 Reply by: Buddy G      Posted: 6/3/2020 12:31:36 PM     Points: 0
Thanks for the help. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
Please email me at
 Reply by: edawg      Posted: 6/3/2020 8:19:28 PM     Points: 237
Big gills are a blast! We took a trip last week to target them in Nebraska and found some real brutes. One of my favorite fish to target!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 6/3/2020 8:45:19 PM     Points: 45076
Really liked that video too guys! Thanks for posting! BTW....used that same Zatarans tonight with catfish, good stuff!
 Reply by: Beavis      Posted: 6/4/2020 2:46:25 PM     Points: 10
Buddy G
Chatfield and some of its ponds are loaded with micro bluegills in the right areas. However, their small average size generally isnít worth getting the knife dirty over. Also, few people on this sight will ever post pictures of nice catches and a lake name with it. Sad that few will help out. If you wish to catch walleye locally, get to the shoreline on Chatty in the no wake area by the Heron rookery and you can catch some nice walleyes from shore in the evenings. Just use a light slip sinker rig and a crawler or leach cast out 10-15 yards. Also a lighted slip bobber and jig and crawler is deadly.

For crappie, i recommend Jumbo reservoir or annex
Just a 1 1/2 chartuse twister grub under a bobber. Brush Hollow reservoiir is also great for crappie. At Pueblo reservoir the marina bay
docks have good numbers of craps, and Adobe reservoir is loaded with
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 6/4/2020 4:06:11 PM     Points: 305

Thanks Goose! Good day out fishing for big gills is always fun!!


Can't argue with that, those pictures are awesome man! Really nice gills for sure😃


That's awesome, even though I believe it's FOR catfish, I don't think I've tried it on catfish yet lol. I have a big tournament coming up this weekend, should be able to land some cats, will have to try it out!

-Buddy G

Welcome to the Forum, I'm fairly new here myself (joined early winter last year). From my experience on here, Unless it's a REALLY popular main lake, most won't give the info just techniques, including myself. I have found most of my lakes that I fish though through exploring and just testing stuff out. Not all will be winners but you'll find some good ones for sure in this state! Front range has lots of good reservoirs for warmwater species!! Good luck out there!!
 Reply by: Suesun      Posted: 7/3/2020 8:47:09 PM     Points: 0
But what lake are you fishing in?

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