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Lake: Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir

Post By: grizandgriz      Posted: 4/2/2022 7:39:49 PM     Points: 0    
I've spent the last 15 years pretty focused on fly fishing, but with the Poudre River being in bad shape following the floods of 2021, I've decided to take on Horsetooth Reservoir this summer. I grew up spin fishing, but it's been quite a few years since i've thrown gear. With the res only 10 min from home, it's the closest water and it'll be a new challenge. So i went and bought a 6'6 medium action rod and went down to the N side and fished Eltuck Bay last Sat and Sun, and again today, and i have not hooked a fish yet. Not a single one! I've been bouncing bottom, jingin raps, hair jigs, swim baits, grubs, spinners, spoons, i even tried a floating rap, nothing. And i mean nothing! So looking for some intel. I've been looking at some topo maps of the lake this evening, def would help to have a boat, but there is lot of shore opportunity, just gotta figure em out.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 4/3/2022 7:34:35 AM     Points: 2374
The trout should be moving into the shallower water as the water warms up. Maybe go back to your fly rod and fish leech patterns under a strike indicator. The Smallmouth should be moving into shore later when the water warms to about 50 degrees. You might consider a float tube or small pontoon boat to go after the bass. You can cover more water than walking along shore. Good luck.
 Reply by: grizandgriz      Posted: 4/3/2022 8:08:55 AM     Points: 0
@nparker yea ive seen some trout, had some follows, but they aren't aggressive, which is odd, temps coming in at 43 yesterday, trout should be eating up.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/3/2022 10:35:36 AM     Points: 11535
Rip rap and rocky shore can play hell on your ankles . .float tubs can really help up your game.Warmer water will help too.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/3/2022 4:40:17 PM     Points: 4992
Bouncing the bottom with a grub or swim jig is a good choice right now. Too early for anything floating IMO. Probably another week or two when everything gets in range of the shore. Bass and crappie are hanging out in about 15 FOW right now.... just starting to think about moving up.
 Reply by: ozzy      Posted: 4/3/2022 4:56:25 PM     Points: 1256
Horsetooth is a finicky mistress. Everything said so far is great info. I highly suggest getting a kayak. Sit on top and the largest one you can swing. I have a 12 footer sit on top style and love it, but hoping to get a pedal kayak this summer. It will allow you to get to some better areas than you can reach by shore. tubes and ned rigs are my go to.
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