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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir
Fish: Northern Pike

Pike fishing at Williams Fork

Post By: Nskinner      Posted: 7/12/2020 3:42:09 PM     Points: 0    
Hey All,

My 7 year old son wants to catch a Northern Pike! Ever since I showed him a pike mount at Cabela's he's been nonstop about asking to catch one. We mostly bass fish on the front range and as far as I know there are no pike on the front range. Went to 11 mile a few weeks back and did not hook into a pike. I researched that Williams Fork might be a good place to go next. We are not trying for trophy fish, just want to catch a few 24 inchers and of course release them back into the water to grow up.

I have small boat with a 5hp on it and will stick close to shore but want people's opinions about which side (East or West) of the reservoir we should dedicate early morning casting too. The fingers on the west side look good but with a small boat and only a 5hp motor I'd rather stay on the east side close to the boat ramp BUT will venture to the west side if 1. the wind is not too ferocious and 2. people say that's the best area for pike.

Thanks in advance and I'll be sure to update the forum about conditions at Williams Fork after this weeks fishing trip!

Thanks,
Nate and Sam
 Reply by: jake3008      Posted: Jul. 12, 4:38:02 PM     Points: 110    
Take him out to Rocky mountain arsenal. It's barbless and you can only go on certain days of the week but it is close enough to make several trips out to it.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 12, 4:59:33 PM     Points: 57723    
X2 on the Arsenal. I think his chances for a pike are far better at the southpark lakes than wf.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Jul. 12, 7:07:02 PM     Points: 2425    
WF is a nice pike lake, IF you can find them.

Best pike action I had there was last summer about this time up near the inlet. Very rough terrain for bank fishing though. Might not be an ideal area to take a kid.

They ARE in there though, and once you find them they're a blast to catch.
 Reply by: Nskinner      Posted: Jul. 14, 7:06:50 AM     Points: 0    
Thanks Everyone!

I had no idea that there were pike at the Arsenal. We will check that out for sure! Its Williams Fork or bust this week though as I've already secured accommodations for two nights. I will give it my best effort and hopefully get my son hooked up with a Pike. I will also keep the South Park lakes in mind if we get skunked at WF.

Thanks again for the tips and I'll be sure and let ya'll know if we have any success!

Nate
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: Jul. 14, 7:27:41 AM     Points: 6123    
Lots of pike action at Spinney. We caught them all over the lake this weekend but found many in Outhouse Cove which is close to the South Boat Ramp. Fly and scentless lure only.

Lots the size shown but we spotted a bunch of 30-40 inch pike in the shallows to feed the need for catching a trophy.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jul. 14, 9:23:22 PM     Points: 5238    
Nskinner, I haven't fished WF for a few years but we used to find the pike at the back end of the bays on the west side. Large Rapalas 4-6" were the most consistent producers and wire leaders were a good idea. Don't forget old reliable red and white spoons.
 Reply by: GaltsGulch      Posted: Jul. 30, 8:08:29 AM     Points: 92    
Nskinner, for kids and pike in CO there has been good advise on this thread. aside from Arsenal for local/shore action, if you have a small boat / motor you're venturing out in, the #1 consideration is staying close to shore / ramp for wind and weather. South Park lakes can go from calm to terrifying wind in a span of 5 minutes. with those constraints, here's what I would rank pike lakes for younger kids from my experience:

1. Spinney. it's a numbers game with small snot-rockets galore pretty close to the ramps. cast or troll spinners or smaller plugs along sunken weedbeds / dropoffs. hold the rod tight and keep the drag loose, we get occassional 7-8lb cutbows hammering pike lures
2. Stagecoach? haven't been there in a while and heard they're doing a shameful job indiscriminately killing pike there, but has the same characteristics as Spinney plus you can use bait. a worm/gulp under a slip bobber in the bays can work there
3. Tarryall? similar to stagecoach and good for smaller boats. check the regulations for boating there (electric vs. gas)
4. Elevenmile. generally bigger pike but they are getting fewer and fewer with the insane "kill em all" CPW fisheries strategy. most of the productive areas are miles from the boat ramp, but pike can be found in the bays by the marina.
5. Williams Fork. I've seen some very large pike in there. also very difficult to catch. my kids generally get bored trying to get a pike and we go out deep and jig up lake trout :)

 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Jul. 31, 12:35:56 PM     Points: 2013    
There are plenty of huge pike in spinney. Not all are snot rockets. Ive caught many on the fly rod. Including a couple over 36. They are not hard fighters though. Those 6-7 lb cutbows put the pike to shame.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jul. 31, 12:40:04 PM     Points: 68    
Nice! Watch those fingers junior!
 Reply by: adayspentfishing      Posted: Aug. 11, 11:21:50 AM     Points: 1    
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Aug. 11, 12:07:37 PM     Points: 621    
Nskinner, we're in a good pike month. Keep an eye out for a day with very overcast conditions at 11mile, Spinney, RM arsenal or any other good pike water. I've found those to be the most productive of all. As to Williams Fork, great but very big water to cover so a boat covering many spots, is essential. The SW shore has many good coves, also great for camping with kids.
 Reply by: FrontRangeBassBullies      Posted: Aug. 11, 12:54:49 PM     Points: 0    
You can definitely get him on pike at the arsenal, I use dare devil spoons, and chatterbaits to catch them there.. usually by the pump house and all along the rocks is a good area to find them!! Good luck!!
 Reply by: Toon      Posted: Aug. 11, 4:15:02 PM     Points: 118    
Not sure if they're still in there, Tarryall used to have a bunch of 15-20 inch pike in it. I haven't fished it for years, but we used to catch them on top water baits. You'd see then swimming along the weeds and grass next to the shore.

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