Post By: Team CO.F.F. Posted: 7/27/2021 1:29:42 PMPoints: 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!!
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.
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: 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.
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!!
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.
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!🎣🤙🍻
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).
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
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!
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.