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Lake: Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)

Lots of Smallies - A Farewell to Jumbo - Aerial Video

Post By: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/9/2020 10:06:43 PM     Points: 1643    
We took one last trip out to Jumbo Reservoir, a final good bye you can say before the lake drains. Still at 2feet of water. Plenty of Smallmouth and Bluegill to catch and salvage. Use a sinker with a hook and worm to catch bluegill and for smallies using any swimbait in white or green or twister tail should do the trick.

Here is a video of the Smallmouth catching and some aerial shots of the lake that will give you a good idea of how much water is left. [log in for link]

 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/9/2020 10:08:38 PM     Points: 1643    
A few more photos..
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 9/10/2020 6:01:18 AM     Points: 896    
Was there also, indeed a sad sight. What an out standing fishery in the past decade. There are plenty of big gills if anyone is interested in harvesting them before it gets to low, easy pickings to. Great time to take the little ones out to catch some.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/10/2020 6:26:32 AM     Points: 60967    
Great video and pictures. It's such a shame to loose that fishery.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/10/2020 7:51:38 AM     Points: 1643    
We have had the best fishing memories on the lake, the MA Walleye and Drum were the most memorable. Catching 7LB drum that fights like a tank is unforgettable.

What Killer said, so easy to catch the gills with worms.

Goose, I drove by Barr, is it just me or does it seems like they drain it very low every year?
 Reply by: micoring      Posted: 9/10/2020 10:44:13 AM     Points: 0    
So taking a kayak would not be advisable as you say only 2 feet in depth left?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/10/2020 11:25:30 AM     Points: 60967    
Barr usually drops about 15 feet every year. This year it is down about 25.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: 9/10/2020 5:32:52 PM     Points: 2169    
Fishhuntnow, are you releasing that smallmouth? Eat that bad boy! Nice pics, sad to see but glad you shared.
 Reply by: fishmohr      Posted: 9/10/2020 6:32:55 PM     Points: 77    
At Jumbo, is the bank solid to stand on or mushy? Seems like a good idea to get after the gills before it is too late.
 Reply by: frydaddy      Posted: 9/10/2020 8:46:51 PM     Points: 304    
How big are the bluegills? and where are they located
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/10/2020 11:11:26 PM     Points: 1643    
Ass Bass, I kept a good amount and released a few, i just feel too guilty, I love bass, never eaten it but hear it's good.

Fishmohr, the bank is hard, you won't sink your foot or anything, the storm may have softened it up a bit but still good, where you would be fishing is pretty rocky, if you look at the video and where I'm at its all rock.

Most bluegills are 7 to 9 inches we made a great bluegill fish taco meal.
 Reply by: frydaddy      Posted: 9/11/2020 8:48:33 AM     Points: 304    
Thank you for the post, I think I will do surf and turf.
Bluegill fishing and dove hunting
 Reply by: kusyurdaddy      Posted: 9/11/2020 9:42:56 AM     Points: 247    
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/11/2020 11:02:08 PM     Points: 1643    
Nice to see you and the kiddos do well out there!
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: 9/14/2020 4:40:49 PM     Points: 1327    
Look at the bright side.....Good time to GPS mark those " under water" structures.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/16/2020 11:54:49 AM     Points: 1643    
Basschaser, that is a good takeaway. It would certainly help in the future when you get out there to fish it again.

On another note, I cannot wait for us to try and be the first to ice fishing for a 3rd year in a row hopefully.
 Reply by: fabfisher      Posted: 9/16/2020 9:10:48 PM     Points: 7    
Why are there no walleye or crappie now. Did they take them out .
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 9/17/2020 6:05:59 AM     Points: 896    
Fabfisher, was told they salvage most of the game fish into north sterling reservoir.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/18/2020 7:49:18 AM     Points: 1643    

Oh man this should make Sterling very fun to fish next year, it has made a great come back from the 2012 days to where it is now, with more fish in there it'll pick up in quality. Here is hoping to a wet 2021.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 9/20/2020 11:46:49 AM     Points: 235    
That sucks but at least you got in one more trip! I went through the area in 2012 and Jumbo reservoir was having a fish salvage!🎣🤙
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/22/2020 8:50:08 AM     Points: 1643    

Crazy to think every 8 years this might happen, although now it isn't crazy to think it might happen every 2 to 4 years.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 9/22/2020 10:00:32 AM     Points: 1871    
Luckily there are a lot of walleye fisheries in neighboring states that are ok.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/22/2020 12:24:26 PM     Points: 1643    
Rog, for sure Wyoming and Nebraska are pretty good. With much less people and quality fish. I wish I could work remotely I'd move out in a heartbeat. I bet in Nebraska they were saying the same thing when you always see so many Nebraska license plates. :D
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/20/2020 12:20:19 PM     Points: 1643    
Has anyone been out since they started re-filling it again? Might give it a chance on sunday and will let everyone know how it went!
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 10/20/2020 12:27:40 PM     Points: 896    
I duck hunt Annex and Redlion over the past weekend and drove by. The inlet is barely running and there hasn't been any significant change since they started to drain it. I mean NSR's inlet has been running for weeks and it still looks the same. Pray for a wet winter.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/22/2020 9:23:03 AM     Points: 1643    
Thank you for the update. I shall go to another lake Sunday then been thinking about Forebay maybe.
 Reply by: cmhef      Posted: 11/3/2020 1:11:31 PM     Points: 0    
How packed it Jumbo right now with all that going on?
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: 11/3/2020 1:15:57 PM     Points: 896    
The inlet is running full blast this past weekend and the reservoir is starting to fill if they dont shut it off.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/3/2020 3:10:59 PM     Points: 1643    
cmhef, the lake was not busy with people at all when i went out there and according to some buddies that went other times. Only thing that you could catch was bluegill and smallmouth bass. It's probably not busy now either.

Killerfihser, thanks for the update bud. You are the man.

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