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Night Fishing and Scorpions

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/27/2021 1:29:42 PM     Points: 86    
Wasn't expecting to run into a bunch of scorpions while out night fishing this past weekend.

This was my first time seeing a Scorpion in the wild and I didn't realize at the time that the Scorpion species in Colorado aren't deadly...So after seeing multiple crawling around, and one almost getting into my waders while I was kneeling down to put on a soft plastic I decided to call the night early😂

We still got into some fish though, including a nice Smallmouth Bass and I learned later that night, that scorpions here in Colorado won't kill you!!

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 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Jul. 27, 2:09:30 PM     Points: 171    
Cool! I got stung by a small scorpion once. It looks like the ones in your pictures are the same species but bigger. The sting was probably a little more intense than a wasp's. But no swelling or other side effects. I assume the sting from a larger one would be more painful. I also understand different species can be more dangerous.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jul. 27, 3:11:58 PM     Points: 2508    
Nice video as always. Thanks!

(If you want to have some fun sometime, try shining a black light on a scorpion and see what happens!)
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: Jul. 27, 3:18:45 PM     Points: 21    
Nice bass !

Skiman is right. Use the black light with caution- you will discover exactly how many scorpions are around you during your night fishing adventures...
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jul. 27, 4:01:12 PM     Points: 89    
Killer stuff. I appreciate your youthful enthusiasm as well as your great video/pics. Not everybody would go to the trouble. You either didn't get enough attention as a child, you never grew up or you are a heck of a dude. Kidding! We know its the latter. We went to a family reunion a few years back to the Lake of the Ozarks----rented a giant mansion with a boat all ready to use. My daughter got stung multiple times in her bed by some very large scorpions and I stupidly gathered some firewood---getting absolutely destroyed by chiggers. Unfortunately I found the best remedy after trying many other products. Simple Calamine Lotion gradually dried up the bites but I suffered for over 4 weeks. My body had never been exposed to those dam things. The owners of the mansion apologized profusely and gave us a small discount on the final bill. They are dead now....................
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Jul. 27, 4:41:49 PM     Points: 3106    
West slope or far Southern CO I assume? (Didn't watch vid.) Curious if not, because of the scorpions...
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:07:42 PM     Points: 6366    
Those scorpians would have had me leaving a lot sooner than you did, thanks for telling us about them being less than lethal. Nice smalley and there appears to be hope for the future of walleyes in that lake.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:35:04 PM     Points: 86    

I've had a few people tell me the same thing, that it is a bit more painful than a bee sting. Glad I didn't have to find out. I wonder if a fish would take them if you got them on a hook lol.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:36:46 PM     Points: 86    

Haha seeing the small handful was enough for me, I bet that would be really cool though 😃
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:40:26 PM     Points: 86    

LoL I would say mostly never grew up😂🎣 I just want to fish all day. Oh man, that's terrible. I would be horrified if I woke up to a bed full of scorpions. When I was really young I had an ant farm with fire ants, long story short, my ants got out in my bed and I found out the hard way😂😂 I'll keep that in mind if I ever get stung by scorpions, hopefully it doesn't happen!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:41:39 PM     Points: 86    

No worries at all! That's why I show pics, the video link, and type out a post. Far Western Slope! Hope you don't run into any
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:45:12 PM     Points: 86    
-not too old to fish

Haha I was creeped out for sure and we checked our bags and gear MULTIPLE times before heading out. Crazy because I've night fished there a bunch before and never have seen any...Silver lining to my night ending abrubtly being, I learned something new haha. Hopefully so, I had a buddy catch and release one over 20" this year there, nice sign. My biggest walleye i ever caught out of there was toward end of last fall, maybe one day we'll have consistent eaters in there.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Jul. 27, 7:56:59 PM     Points: 1106    
I'll be having nightmares about scorpions in my waders. Thanks. I love those little craws. I got these from Zoom, with the chartreuse claws. Everything seems to inhale them after dark.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Jul. 27, 8:21:45 PM     Points: 422    
I used to live about 1/2 mile from that lake 15 years ago and the scorpions were often found, especially at night. The only time I got a little anxious about them was when we found them in the house, otherwise they were not a problem. There is another much larger species which is pretty uncommon and I have seen a couple of them that were over 3 inches long and I definitely would not want one of those in my waders. Three used to be some really huge walleye in there but they were seldom caught that I know of.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jul. 28, 8:16:26 AM     Points: 250    
Wow! That’s pretty wild! I’ve read that they are over here but I’ve never seen any of them! Thanks for the heads up,I mean down!😜
I‘ve been getting a lot of those spiders that look like scorpions without the tail at my house. Nice Smallie!🎣🤙🍻
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 28, 12:53:24 PM     Points: 86    

LOL sorry Barnacles! At least they aren't dangerous😃

Ooooooooooo! Those look nice, i'm going to have to try those out!
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Jul. 28, 12:54:40 PM     Points: 3106    
TCFF, I figured that's probably where it was. I don't think they range too much into the rest of the state.

I lived in AZ for almost 5 years, and they were a normal thing there. Except some of them are FAR more dangerous than what we have in the S & W fringes of CO. Some of them get a good bit BIGGER too...

This may or may not be a good idea, but get yourself a decent UV flashlight (under $20 for a pretty good one on the Big River) and take it with you next time. The scorpions in this general area of the country fluoresce a bright bluish color under UV light! You'll see just how many are actually out there, and it will probably surprise you (and you might be better off not knowing, lol).
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 28, 12:55:14 PM     Points: 86    

I can't believe that was my first encounter with them after fishing there so much. I wouldn't want them around the house either haha. Do you know how dangerous they are to pets like dogs/cats? They seem to keep getting bigger as far as PB's out of that lake goes. I know some people that have caught some nice ones there in the last year...I'm certainly not one of those people lol
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 28, 12:55:48 PM     Points: 86    

I wonder how fishing with them would go? 😂😂
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Jul. 28, 2:00:34 PM     Points: 129    
Nice Smallie! Not sure about bass but I bet you could definitely work up the food chain with a scorpion…my guess is that a panfish would grab it as soon as it hits the water and then you have a great catfish live or cut bait! 😎.
Thanks for sharing!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jul. 28, 2:13:28 PM     Points: 250    
You wouldn’t need a stinger hook!😜🍻
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: Jul. 28, 6:57:12 PM     Points: 21    
Apparently, scorpions are repelled by lavender. Perhaps one could treat their shoes and/or waders with lavender essential oil.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Jul. 28, 7:43:29 PM     Points: 422    
Team COFF - not sure on the pet danger question. We had a Labrador that was a 95 percent outdoor dog, but if he ever got stung I never knew about it. None of the neighbors ever mentioned any of their pets getting stung, but surely it must have happened from time to time.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: Sep. 30, 2:39:22 PM     Points: 1694    

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