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Lake: Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake Trophy Wiper

Post By: deLume01      Posted: 7/19/2020 4:07:09 PM     Points: 9    
Landed what CDOW is calling the new Wiper record. It hit my girlfriend's lure first and she snapped it off, a second later it destroyed my lure. Amazing fight for a good 5/8 minutes, pulling drag. When we finally got it in, my girlfriend netted it and her lure was on one side of the mouth, and mine on the other! After getting official measurements we spent 40 minutes in vain trying to revive her back. Feel truly blessed for this wonderful gift.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 7/19/2020 4:43:33 PM     Points: 2871    
Looks like, from those photos, that it weighs 50 lbs. Congratulations!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/19/2020 4:52:42 PM     Points: 232    
Awesome tank! Congrats!🎣🏆🍻
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 7/19/2020 4:57:54 PM     Points: 59039    
That's an awesome fish. Likely a fish of a lifetime in Colorado. Thanks for trying to save her!

And welcome to the forum. Don't think I've seen you post before. It's funny how pictures fly. A buddy of mine sent me that picture two days ago.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 7/19/2020 5:12:01 PM     Points: 8498    
W O W !
Well done!
 Reply by: BobLoblaw      Posted: 7/19/2020 5:13:08 PM     Points: 59    
So what did it weigh? If it is probably a state record it is probably a world record as the colorado record is a mere 6 ounces shy of the world record.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 7/19/2020 5:28:07 PM     Points: 1871    
Thanks for posting. We were curious about this beast. Congrats!
 Reply by: jshanko      Posted: 7/19/2020 6:06:26 PM     Points: 8896    
Wow, great catch. Would like to know the weight of that beast.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 7/19/2020 6:08:09 PM     Points: 74    
And NEW heavyweight champion of the world--------you!!! You will never forget this trip. Awesome!!!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/19/2020 6:11:14 PM     Points: 38644    
That is a truly epic catch! Very well done, congrats, and thank you for posting!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/19/2020 6:29:41 PM     Points: 42    
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 7/20/2020 8:52:13 AM     Points: 2136    
Awesome fish, congrats, are you putting her/him on the wall ?
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 7/20/2020 9:06:36 AM     Points: 8400    
WOW what a tank!!!! what was the official weight on that beast?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 7/20/2020 10:50:50 AM     Points: 31059    
Wow!! That is a hog!
 Reply by: bobcats92      Posted: 7/20/2020 4:08:22 PM     Points: 333    
Truly amazing fish. Respect for trying to revive it. You did what you could.

I'd definitely have that thing mounted if it didn't survive the tried..

 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: 7/20/2020 4:32:35 PM     Points: 6312    
From Jackson lake Face Book page.
Congratulations Erick and Jamie on your 35” 19.61 lb wiper yesterday! We have some true Master Anglers here at Jackson Lake! Thank you for letting us be a part of it.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 7/20/2020 5:47:44 PM     Points: 5433    
A little short of the state record 26.15lbs but what a monster fight that must have been. Congrats to all who helped get it boated.
 Reply by: footmaster      Posted: 7/20/2020 6:45:09 PM     Points: 9    
Nice Wipah! Those bigguns can be PITA to resuscitate. They give their all to not get boated. :) Props for taking the time to try. Congrats!
 Reply by: dang1      Posted: 7/22/2020 10:55:05 AM     Points: 0    
broke one and on to the other... that's awesome just coming trhoug freight-training EVERYTHING in his path, they don't reproduce anyway, and are delicious table fare. Good on ya for trying to let someone else experience it but meh?... it was his time. congrats on the fish of a life time.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 7/22/2020 11:58:19 AM     Points: 961    
That thing is a beast! Way to go!! hard to believe state record is 6 lbs. heavier.
 Reply by: Doc      Posted: 7/23/2020 12:19:23 PM     Points: 309    
Great catch!..well done sir!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/23/2020 8:07:39 PM     Points: 2428    
They got another one this week, 35" and 21 pounds according to the face book page.

 Reply by: Frangler      Posted: 7/25/2020 3:27:44 PM     Points: 39    
Great fish and story to go with it! Congrats!!
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 7/25/2020 4:54:38 PM     Points: 25129    
Fantastic fish . Congrats. 👍👍👍
 Reply by: bamjbam      Posted: 7/29/2020 9:27:28 PM     Points: 189    
D-zilla. I have a GPS pin....

Goin friday am
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/30/2020 2:45:45 PM     Points: 2428    
The thing about wipers is, they are Pelagic (probably spelled that wrong). It means they follow the food. You'll certainly find spots they'll be "usually", but they might be hungry for something different that day and over at the Arby's.

I've been chasing them out there for years, and very rarely do you find them in the same spots. It takes a lot of hunting some times.

Anyone know if the lake is dry yet? Planning on trying my luck in the morning again, haven't decided if I'm going to lazy fish, or take the kayak. Have to check wind/weather reports still.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/30/2020 3:55:36 PM     Points: 2428    
Last report shows outlet still running in "drain the tub" mode, weather looks freakishly fantastic. I think the Dinkfish II may be making the trip in the morning. Hopefully the wind reports are right, and I can get some quality time with my kayak in this week.

Gonna chase me a few fishies...hopefully anyway. Been a much slower year out there than I've had the past few, but I KNOW they're still in there! (Because I never keep any.)

I know there is at least one more trophy in there (or there was last friday) because I was watching him/her bust shad at the dam Friday morning. Looked like someone was throwing HUGE rocks in the water he threw up so much splash.
 Reply by: Buho      Posted: 7/30/2020 5:25:41 PM     Points: 108    
What is the water level at the ramp!? Can people still launch a boat!?
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/30/2020 5:30:35 PM     Points: 2428    
Won't know until tomorrow what it looks like. I'll be out there around 0630 or so. Last week, it was already low enough that I wasn't seeing the typical deep draft wake boats and such. It sounds like they've not shut off the outlet either...

Try calling the ranger station there? Usually pretty helpful folks out that way.
 Reply by: Buho      Posted: 7/30/2020 8:43:57 PM     Points: 108    
I forgot to call, I was going to. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/30/2020 8:46:01 PM     Points: 2428    
I'm hand launch, so I should be ok. If it's as low as some are saying, the ramp might be out of the water by now. For boaters sake, I hope not. If you do get on, be careful, the water out there gets mighty skinny quick in some areas!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 7/31/2020 2:30:40 PM     Points: 2428    
Had to walk ankle deep to launch the kayak, found less than 10 feet of water everywhere I went. (of course i don't have a fish finder so that's a guess) Got one small drum on a flicker shad, and NOTHING else. Wind was calm, barely a breeze. Water is DIRTY. I couldn't see a fire tiger flicker shad a foot down kind of dirty. Carp still jumping all over, and water still pouring out the outlet.

Saw a few skiers/jetskis, but no deep wake boats. Was one pontoon on the water, not sure if it was a resident or launched today though. Most of the mooring bouy's are out of the water along the west bank now. You can walk on dirt/sand/mud along much of the dam. (it looked like anyway, I was out in the kayak) Bit of a haul to get to the water at the sailboat ramp, and they've got the gate down so you have to go over the brush. Saw at least one wake boat TRY to launch and turn around at the ramp, won't be long before you can't launch I'm guessing.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 8/6/2020 3:42:14 PM     Points: 2428    
Going back tomorrow, looking for Mr. Rubberlips. I'm guessing by now I can probably wade across the lake in a couple minutes, but I'll let ya'll know how it looks. Going to my favorite spot along the dam, maybe I can collect my lures along the way too....

Hopefully it's not a dry lakebed by now, and they're hosting drag races.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 8/7/2020 1:23:27 PM     Points: 2428    
So.....heartbreaking as it is.....

Jackson is REALLY low. I saw a few boats out, none of the big boys though. Mostly fishing boats (or jet skis) Didn't see any of the deep draft wake boats or party barges. Probably not safe to launch it. I fished from the lake bed 10 feet in front of the base of the dam.

Water still brown/green. Visibility still around 8 inches to a foot.

Rubberlips did decide to grace me with his presence. 28.5 inches of him. GREAT fight, healthy release. Finally managed to catch what I assume has been stealing my worms all season....

PERCH. Yes, seriously. Caught 2 about 6 inches each on worms from the bottom. Missed MANY more. They'd not let it sit more than a minute down there and they were all over it. Went through most of my worms today feeding them too. Watched folks wade out waist deep about 100 yards out, water is still pouring out, still a nice vortex in front of the gate house, only now it's only about 5' from the waters edge.

Sad to see, but happy they at least let me fish it. Farmers need water, and the weather hasn't cooperated this year. Probably going to keep going weekly from here on out, might end up a salvage operation before too long though. If they haven't all gone down the outlet, they'll be boiling soon.

If you get your boat on it, BE CAREFUL. There isn't a lot of water left, and what little structure is in there could be right below the surface now.
 Reply by: heryantoch      Posted: 8/8/2020 1:01:49 PM     Points: 1539    
Thanks for the update D-Zilla...I was planning to go there to do shore fishing...but it looks like that it is almost impossible now....
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 8/8/2020 4:58:52 PM     Points: 2428    
PLENTY of shore now, you can walk around the lake on the lake bed! It's quite possible, but watch your lures it's really shallow water. Was watching folks wade out waist deep to cast lures so they had some depth under them.
 Reply by: Colofisher      Posted: 8/10/2020 3:36:12 PM     Points: 636    
Awesome catch! Beautiful fish.

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