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Lake: Eleven Mile Reservoir

Chasing trophies, but catching stockers

Post By: D-Zilla      Posted: 3/26/2021 5:35:48 PM     Points: 2468    
Got a tentative yes from my son, late ice at the mile....SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!! So excited, first time out in a month, and I'm gonna chase trophy pike....but probably only catch stockers. (If anything at all, because we all know there are no fish in that lake.)

Am I really excited to catch stockers? I'd be happy with half stockers for sure! :) I have to get stuff together tomorrow after work now, but I'm not even kind of upset about that.

Never EVER miss a chance to fish with your kid...you never know if you won't get another!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Mar. 27, 10:07:15 AM     Points: 6101    
Good advice for sure, I've had the privilege of fishing with both my son and my grandsons, I feel very lucky.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: Mar. 27, 10:13:12 AM     Points: 15    
Good stuff ! 👍
 Reply by: Theguadman23      Posted: Mar. 27, 3:04:59 PM     Points: 645    
We are up here now and are at 150+ stockers as of 3:00 between 2 of us and having a great time do you should have no problem tomorrow haha.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Mar. 27, 6:04:26 PM     Points: 2468    
I figured as much, they've been busy dumping slimers in that lake all winter. I mean, pretending to dump slimers in that lake all winter....there are no fish in there!

I'm looking forward to it, we don't get to go fish often enough any more and we got the green light for tomorrow. Was thinking about Pueblo with the kayak, but the ice is still cold and hard and the mile hasn't been touched by me this season yet.....I haven't made it up there since mid June or so, life has been a bit hectic.

So looking forward to it, and of course I'll support local businesses while I'm there, because I'll probably want a little bait.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Mar. 30, 9:59:58 AM     Points: 2468    
Trip ended up a bust. Kid burst a pipe at home and had to bail last minute. I made it up there though. Better than 2 feet of ice where I fished (north shore area) but it was extremely vocal ice. Usually a good sign that it's getting ready to pop somehwere. Sounded like a firing range out there at some points after the sun got up. Watching cracks form on the edges of your hole and feeling ice shift is fun right?

Decent morning, a few stockers to show for a few hours. All still swimming because I don't keep fish. Fun and sometimes photos. Got a great shot of the "worm moon" but I don't take pictures of stockers.

Might be the last ice trip this year though, the kayak is calling.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Mar. 31, 1:59:33 PM     Points: 1643    
Yea after they stock the lake with those little dudes getting your jig through them is nearly impossible unless you move around of course. I always fish 40 to 60 feet of water when that happens. I have mild success going that deep but once in a great while a suspended cuttbow comes around.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Mar. 31, 6:37:12 PM     Points: 2468    
Yeah, I think I'm done with the hard water for the year. Am hearing the jerk baits calling with a seriousness right now....thinking the kayak may make an early debut this year, although it made a late curtain call last year. First weekend in December it did it's thing on Pueblo....

Who knows, that may change before the weekend. Still have to sort out the hard/soft water gear and work is wearing me out pretty badly. I've also got a decision to make about the other 2 kayaks that are chilling in my shed. Great starter boats, or for the kids but not serious fishing machines. (at least not big water) Time to downsize, but I'm still kind of on the fence with them.

It's only Wednesday, so there is time still to change my mind. Hopefully the new license will show up in the mail shortly and then I can worry about the next steps.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Apr. 1, 2:19:26 PM     Points: 63559    
D - 1st there ain't no fish left in all of South Park, so what ya doin there buddy? Monument is where it's at!

SpicyHombre can validate it.. his exact words were.. Jim, There ain't no fish in this pond.

Next- 11 Mile? stockers? Quit fishing the Marina, Cross Creek and Witchers cove.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:30:13 PM     Points: 2468    
No REAL fish left there anyway. The stockers chased them all out. One of them had a switchblade and I swear he was wearing an eye patch!

In all seriousness though, dragging as much gear as I do to go ice fish is hard work, and I'm not keen on working too hard when I'm trying to relax! Those are the places with easy access so that's where I typically stay. The kayak puts me on almost anywhere in the lake, I think that's why I'm starting to prefer the soft water. Well, that and the cold is REALLY starting to suck.

Someone turned the "old" on for me some time ago, and it's starting to push me squarely towards the soft water only side of things.....and I'm not sure I can go a whole winter without my drugs! If I could get the wife to agree, I think I'd have moved south a while back...soft water all winter, and "cold" is 45 or so. I could go for that for sure, I'd miss the trout, but I think the stripers and giant catfish back home could make up for it. Ok, I'd miss SOME of the trout...a few of them, maybe 1 or 2. MAYBE. Nothing personal to the trout guys, but I just can't get into them like that for some reason. I do love a good pike hunt though, I'd miss that although Alligator Gar can be pretty feisty toothy critters too.

Still haven't moved the hard water gear into storage, but am planning a shorter day at work tomorrow so maybe it will happen. I still need to find a mount for my fish finder though, something that will fit the rails on my Topwater and get that all wired/mounted too. No point in buying a better fish finder if I only use it for ice right? Probably should push myself towards a decision on the 2 ascend's in the shed too and maybe get some pictures.

Spring is here, and I'm not completely ready yet! Someone slow the clock down please?
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:45:19 PM     Points: 74    
Catch a stocker and use it as bait. Fish with it day and night for 3 days. Get skunked or catch one monster. Rinse and repeat...........
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Apr. 2, 7:28:48 AM     Points: 112    
Those stockers are great for helping the pike grow fat and healthy!
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Apr. 2, 4:16:27 PM     Points: 25132    
Hate to tell you this D. But the older you get. The faster that dam clock moves. Kinda in the same boat as you. Wife and I went to visit the Grand Canyon years back. With retirement peeking over the horizon . Mentioned to her that I wouldn’t mind moving to a place where COLD meant putting on a windbreaker. And spending my last days chasing smallmouth on Havasu . Really wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Her reply. “ Send me a postcard “ !
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Apr. 3, 8:57:59 AM     Points: 6101    
A pearl of wisdom from my dad, you older guys will understand.
" As you get older the days go slow and the years go fast"
When I first heard him say that I thought ' you must be crazy' but as I aged I know exactly what he was talking about.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Apr. 3, 5:47:10 PM     Points: 25132    
Dad is spot on not too old. Truly words of wisdom .
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 3, 6:10:54 PM     Points: 2468    
Absolutely. I thought when the kids grow up and move out, I could slow down and enjoy life a little more....NOPE>

Too much to do, ALWAYS. Not enough time to fish, also ALWAYS. Work, 5, 6, sometimes 7 days a week just to get by. Retire? HAH. Not in my lifetime. I'm going to take a long lunch on the day of my funeral at this rate!

I think I could find more time for "me" things when I was younger....might have been the fact that I didn't really sleep then though. I remember, working until dark, going straight to the lake, stopping by the house on the way to work for a quick shower the next morning.....now? Yeah, I get up early even on the days I can't go fishing..but you better believe I'm going to sleep! Fish over night? Not likely.

Sadly, I'm done with the ice this year....Made the change over, the car is loaded and the kayak is staged for the roof in the morning. Gonna go bother some small mouths, and maybe harass a walleye or two tomorrow. (and probably only catch slimers!) Of course I'll be multi tasking though...I have to dodge skiers and paddleboarders I'm sure. 80 degrees in April? You KNOW they'll be out there!

 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Apr. 3, 7:57:10 PM     Points: 634    
I finally figured this out. D-Zilla is my Daddy. Watch out for him on the lake. He's a man you don't want to anger. Seriously sir, I enjoy your writing. You've got some talent. Keep posting please. I'm going to snatch my grandkids for some night fishing. They'll probably sit in the truck and listen to rap while I'm stalking fish, but we're gonna have some fun. Can't understand why those runts want to hang out with a crusty old grouch like me, but there's nothing in life that's better.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 3, 8:08:20 PM     Points: 2468    
I'm kind of thankful I don't have grand kids, but jealous as well. My kids either don't have time for a fishing trip, or don't have an interest in fishing. Neither seems ready (thankfully) to have kids either.

In all honesty, when the X-box became more important than a tackle box the world kind of went to the dogs. I love my kids, but they love the internet more than me....or the fortnite, or the whatever new game is out there. At least it seems that way most of the time.

I can understand the burst pipe, really I can...couldn't have taken more than a half hour to fix but HEY, ghost your dad right? I'm sure the 800 rounds of whatever game you played after that half hour were WAY more important. Oh well, their loss. The fish are there, and I'm perfectly capable of chasing them myself most of the time. Sometimes I'd even prefer it. Just don't tell me you're going then blow me off. Had he told me, I'd have helped fix the pipe and THEN we could go....nope.

So to those of you who have kids who fish with you all the time, or grand kids, or even great grand kids.....CHERISH THAT, it's rare! Time on this rock is fleeting, and there is NEVER enough time to fish with your kids!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: Apr. 7, 8:23:50 PM     Points: 2468    
Well, we're going to try again....not south park, and not ice but we're going to try. I'm thinking of heading east to see how the lakes look that way. Probably going to start my summer obsession with Jackson again. Water is getting warmer, and the temps look to be staying up to keep it that way...may be time for some "spring" time fishing.

We'll see as it's still days away...here's hoping.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Apr. 8, 9:11:40 AM     Points: 168    
The meaning of life is encoded in this sketch: [log in for link]

Life is beautiful, with a lot more smiles, after some adjustments in one's expectations. I have made my share of adjustments. :)


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