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Lake: Wolford Mountain Reservoir

Heading to Wolford

Post By: colotroy      Posted: 5/13/2021 12:15:12 PM     Points: 320    
Heading to Wolford for the first time this weekend. Any advice on place to start and a favorite lure for kokanee on this lake?

I was on Flaming Gorge 2 weeks ago and did great on the WY side for 20"+ koks. Up there they seemed to like medium action on the dodger with short leader to purple hootchies and orange cut plugs and flutter bugs on longer leaders.
 Reply by: rdailey      Posted: 5/13/2021 1:32:56 PM     Points: 1766
I caught most of my kokanee on bright shades of green there last year. White was second best. Red was take it or leave it but in the past they liked that best.
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: 5/13/2021 1:34:45 PM     Points: 320
Where's a good place to start looking for them? I've heard closer to the dam is better?
 Reply by: rdailey      Posted: 5/13/2021 2:52:36 PM     Points: 1766
Seems like most people troll the basin where the ramp is. But I have caught fish north from the marina and by the dam as well. Which is south.

I looked at it like three basins. Marina north to the highway bridge where it shallows up. Main basin out from the ramp and dam basin. There are a couple of points that separate the main basin from the dam basin. The channel snakes through there.

I looked at each as its own area. Spent a day here, day here, day here. Caught kokanee and trout in all three. It's more about the right depth than anything.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/13/2021 5:38:18 PM     Points: 69349
It looks like you already know how to catch them. I've only fished wolford once for kokes and did limit out. Downriggers were a must when I was there. Was fishing 40 to 60fow headed towards the dam. Pink hoochies for us behind a chrome dodger I believe. Good luck
 Reply by: bluecreek      Posted: 5/13/2021 6:50:11 PM     Points: 2159
Was at Wolford today. Boat ramp was closed. Not sure about weekend, might call.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 5/13/2021 7:07:31 PM     Points: 736
Do they still have a bounty on Pike there??
 Reply by: bluecreek      Posted: 5/13/2021 8:33:44 PM     Points: 2159
Yes. $20 per. In fact, that's why were there today, to thin the pike out. Fisherman told me the CPW officer said the pike spawned couple weeks ago, but smaller ones were moving in to feed on trout, but we never found either.
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: 5/14/2021 7:27:57 AM     Points: 320
Thanks for all the info. Boat ramp closed?! I'll find out, I don't see a reason for it to be closed now...
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: 5/14/2021 7:36:32 AM     Points: 320
Ok, I just got this off the Wolford Campground and Marina web site. "Campground and boat ramp are both opening May 14th."

It looks like they open today. I've had reservations for the campground for a while but didn't realize this was the opening weekend.

I have a pair of down riggers on the boat but this time of year I expect to find them pretty shallow but we'll see what I find. They can be hard to find in the spring when they're shallow and avoid the boat, you don't see them on the fish finder but if they're deep they're easy to find.

Thanks again for the info... I'll post an update when I get back. Let's hope it's not embarrassing... lol

If anyone else is out, I'll be in a big white Hewes Craft with choc lab on board, I'm kinda hard to miss, say hi...




 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: 5/17/2021 3:27:45 PM     Points: 320
Ok, surface temp was right around 49F and water was muddy. We didn't do very good on Sat, had a hard time finding the koks but did catch 1 and a few stocker rainbows.

We found them Sunday across from the marina and toward the dam where the first 2 points are from the marina. They were along the drop off in 80fow at 35. They liked orange, orange wedding ring, orange squid, orange Arnie, pretty much mad at anything orange... All koks were small. I've heard they're small in that lake but we were catching 12" and that's about it.

We also caught a couple nice cutbows and a few stocker rainbows on the surface with a jointed rapala. Others caught a couple nice browns, in the 24" range doing the same.

Thanks everyone for the info before the trip....

Next trip is back to Flaming Gorge...
 Reply by: rdailey      Posted: 5/17/2021 6:14:56 PM     Points: 1766
That's about right for size. They did not stock in 2017 or 2018 trying to knock the gill lice down. I don't know how many 2016 fish would still be around. Assuming that worked it should get better as time goes by.

That color is funny. Them fish wouldn't hardly touch red last year. They chased anything green. Water was pretty clear that week in July though.

Flaming Gorge is on my list but not till people stop getting married and dying.
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: 5/17/2021 6:27:24 PM     Points: 320
I didn't know Wolford had gill lice too! I didn't see any but I really didn't look for them either. My understanding is that CO is counting on Wolford for kokanee eggs for CO with Blue Mesa in such a mess with the lice.

I thought they may stock Green Mountain this year after a few years off but it's sooooo low now that it looks like it's being drained. I've been in CO all my life and I've never seen Green Mountain so low. I wonder what's up?
 Reply by: rdailey      Posted: 5/17/2021 6:32:30 PM     Points: 1766
Less than 50% snowpack west of the divide this year is what's up with that. I do believe GM was stocked in 2020. 2019 I do not remember.

Lot's of challenges for sure. That's a really deep lake tho so that should help some.

This is a link to the snowpack data.

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 Reply by: Kokonutz      Posted: 6/1/2021 9:16:44 AM     Points: 3
No Gil Lice in the Wolf. And lets hope to keep it that way. With the decline of Blue Mesa, Wolford is now the crown jule of the Colorado Kokanee egg collection program.

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