Caught the 30 Pound Legend of Lakes behind Chatfield
Post By: Mikahsarow Posted: 7/27/2020 10:28:17 PMPoints: 69
Ive been fishing behind chatfeild in alll the lakes, but i like the un named two closest to the parking lot off of Waterton canyon rd. they might be named but i dont know them. The rangers told me like this"Legend goes someone caught a 30 pound catfish out of chatfeild and put it in that lake" 2 days go by and i catch the legend itself hahaha. Lucky a fellow fisherman saw the chunk and gave me a scale tape measure and a grip to hold it with. Good luck and happy fishing. Say hi if you see me at the lakes! It measured 25 (not 30 but close to the legend) Pounds and 37.5 inches This is my 4th catfish ever haha Catch and release of course I landed him on 6lb mono haha
Reply by: Freestone303 Posted: Jul. 28, 10:31:13 AM Points: 448
Be careful naming small ponds like that, the info will stay on the internet forever. So while you may catch and release a fish like that. There are many people (thousands) who will read this forum and many would happily exploit the pond. You could be naming off someone else's honeyhole or their favorite spot to take a kid or aging parent/friend. Some people can't get out as easily to fish all over and putting their little slice of heaven on blast is a bit disrespectful. While i realize this is a hypothetical, and you are free to do whatever you want, I just ask people to consider the often unintentional consequences of their actions.
Im not greedy and i do understand what you're saying, its not very private theres 100s of people there everyday and the rangers scan those lakes almost everyday im there so i hope nobody is up to illegal activities there, but i dont mind catching a smart fish its more impressive then fishing private waters, if this wasn't a place where rangers frequent i wouldn't of said anything. Im not disrespecting anyone haha,,, if i see someone doing something wrong i say something but you got the wrong guy lmao, why dotn you go say something to them instead of telling me im disrespectful for trying to share knowledge with people so they have a chance to fish with family here and catch a beast. Thats how i see it, i love helping people catch the fishing bug! so i think educating is the right was not keeping secrets and being greedy or a hater, its been known that everywhere is city is pressured. ive been fishing urban since i was 15 and even working in tackle shop. just have fun and try something new if its not working. Dont tell me im disrespectful i dont know you and you dont know me, like i said in spot say hi if you see me and we can fish some im not disrespectful, any spot can be a "honeyhole" youre just not fishing it right i used to catch trophy smallies in downtown platte, where most think its trash.
I "Used to catch" a crap load of crappie, blue gill, etc. in a smallish lake in the metro area. Every evening I would take a flyrod and a popping bug and have nonstop catching for hours. Then someone caught a state record fish and claimed it was caught in that lake, which I highly doubt, as I fished it for years. The next two weeks it was shoulder to shoulder combat fishing. Tapered off after that because there were hardly any fish left! It has never fully recovered. :( The reputation for having had a record fish haunts it to this day.
^^^^^^ yep thatís how it happens. I think weíve all seen to a place we love to fish. Big or small water. The Weber net can inflect serious damage. No one is being disrespectful just trying to point out some facts.
Congrats on the pond monster. That sure is a fish of a lifetime.
I do agree on spots you fish. Just because they know of it doesnít mean they know how to fish it. Haha.
Reply by: devon234 Posted: Jul. 29, 8:34:12 AM Points: 168
its not really about disrespecting people. it doesn't matter where you fish if you show people the fish you catch someone will see it and tell there friends and there friends will tell other people. while a lot of information gets shared on here it does come at a price. the best fishing experiences are when you have spots you go to that not very many people know about( the metro area is relative compared to the mountains and the west slope). I personally don't really share much information about where I catch fish unless its close friends. those ponds get a ton of pressure so it isn't some wilderness experience but there will be more people who go there just because they saw a fish that someone caught. it doesn't have to be a 25 lb catfish it could just be a 1lb bass and people will flock to it. its just the nature of the internet.
Reply by: Wreckstar Posted: Jul. 29, 9:20:17 AM Points: 1129
That's a great fish and a great story. I never really understood the whole idea of keeping your fish and your fishing spots secret. I mean I understand the point that's being made, but I think it's misguided. Without speaking for others, I generally get the impression that the concern lies in people exploiting areas or doing illegal things. Understandable, but as we all know there are assholes everywhere you go in life and no matter if a pond gets mentioned online or it doesn't, those assholes will find a way to be assholes. So it's ok to share details on this forum because why, we are the only SERIOUS fisherman in the state? Nope, I bet there are still assholes reading through these very posts. So then what is it? Is it really that we don't want people doing illegal or exploitative things? Or, is it that we want our own secret places all to ourselves? I found it first so it's mine not yours. Common theme these days. Colorado is mine, DO NOT ENTER.
Well I'm of the mindset that if your not passing on knowledge you're one of the assholes. How do the youth learn to respect prime spots if all the adults they know horde that info? How do older folks that are trying to learn to fish for the first time know what's right, wrong or just frowned upon when everyone is so tight lipped? Knowledge is power, without it people break rules and exploit resources. I don't think a majority of those kinds of people are malicious, but I do think they are uninformed or misinformed. Share your knowledge about fishing, but also share your thoughts on conservation, thoughts on being a good steward of the fishing community, and thoughts on how to preserve all of this for the future generations. Those that care and understand, will be the ones to call the rangers when something isn't right, or spend the time to pack a bag of trash out of the lake. If no one takes the time to pass that knowledge on to all these new fisherman and woman, then what? Every year that number of assholes grows exponentially, so why not teach our friends, neighbors and peers to combat those assholes with knowledge, and create a whole new generation of vigilant fisherman who genuinely care?
Reply by: illpilgrim Posted: Jul. 29, 10:31:48 AM Points: 1648
Nice catch Mikah.
Now onto the drama...
@wreck Fishing shoulder to shoulder/watching the resource decline is not my idea of a good time. I also encourage self sufficiency. Guess that makes me a jerk.
There is a significant difference between helping novice anglers when the opportunity presents itself and blasting a spot in front of thousands of people. I'm sick of hearing how good the fishing used to be.
Reply by: Wreckstar Posted: Jul. 29, 11:43:19 AM Points: 1129
For the record, I'm not calling anyone in particular or certainly anyone here an asshole or a jerk. Just sharing another viewpoint, though admittedly my use of colorful language makes me look like the a-hole in most situations! I'm just in that weird transition where I am turning into a cranky old man with strong opinions lol. But hey we all love to fish and that's what brings us all here so we can't all be that bad right?