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Lake: Pella Crossing
Fish: Tiger Muskie

Tiger Muskie in Pella Ponds?!

Post By: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/10/2022 11:36:27 AM     Points: 14545    
Y'all... I could not believe my eyes this morning when I pulled a Muskie out of Pella Ponds in Boulder County! Yes I am for real, I had heard rumors they might be in there after the flood but you know how fish stories go. I was way out deep in one of the ponds tossing a crankbait around and wham! I thought for sure it was just a big fat bass, then it flashed... then I thought it was a Pike but no! It was a dang Muskie and my first ever! Check it out!
 Reply by: jshanko      Posted: 4/10/2022 11:50:04 AM     Points: 14779
Yah the floods did alot of interesting things. I've caught Bass out of the St. Vrain, don't know if there still in there, it was a few years ago. Very nice catch Lance.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/10/2022 12:01:01 PM     Points: 4414
That's a good surprise. Not sure how our hatcheries operate, but gotta believe there's a few mix-ups in the rainbow truck & maybe some personal creativity with the people doing the work.

Next time, put your thumb in his mouth, raise it to the sky, & you might get into the fraternal order of Colorado Tiger Muskie Manhood.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 4/10/2022 3:20:46 PM     Points: 2330
CPW has been stocking them since 2019 there. Congrats ND. You caught a really rare fish. They've only stocked about 100 in those ponds total if I remember correctly. Was it Poplar pond by chance? I think that had the most Tigers put in.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 4/10/2022 3:40:58 PM     Points: 2330
By the way, here is a good source of info. The CPW fish distribution schedules are a little awkward to read. But they go into even more detail than we do here on the fish species page. For example it'll tell you which ponds at Pella have tiger muskie if you dig into it. I don't think 2021 has been released yet though. [log in for link]
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 4/10/2022 4:10:45 PM     Points: 94752
NIce! Love that. We simplify it - see the stocking data on the lake details page. [log in for link]
Or the fish details page [log in for link]
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 4/10/2022 4:16:42 PM     Points: 2757
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/10/2022 4:35:07 PM     Points: 14545
@Troutbisquits thanks! And you're right after looking at the data they actually stock Tigers in there and Trout? I had no idea. To me they've always just been really nice Bass ponds.

And yes it was out of Poplar.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/10/2022 8:00:18 PM     Points: 4414
Thanks Matt and Troutbusquits... Never noticed they put 50 in my Isabel too. I have nightmares about getting one of those things in my lap in Shanko's tube.
 Reply by: illpilgrim      Posted: 4/11/2022 9:59:32 AM     Points: 1831
Nice catch man. But perhaps a little discretion is in order. The information was already available for those willing to do a little research or better yet spend time on the water. It seems that keeping things secret is harder than catching the fish. I think we need to ask ourselves, what's more important the fame or the fishery?

Here's a 35 inch grass carp from yesterday. There are ways to share your catch without blasting the location.

Just my 2cents. Cheers bud.

 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 4/11/2022 11:13:43 AM     Points: 3331
^^^ exactly, show the fish and don't hot spot the area !
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 4/11/2022 12:14:43 PM     Points: 1803
The two responses above mine are epic, and correct. Things that make you go hmmm
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/11/2022 1:10:47 PM     Points: 14545
@illpilgrim - If the information for stocking and the lakes in all of Colorado are already public information then the idea that there are secrets regarding them is a stretch at best.

@randog - no, they are not, remember I'm gonna hit every lake in JPWA, IPWA, and most of RMNP and give reports for all of them. It is literally part of my job here on the site to which you subscribe. Additionally, they will all be on film on my YouTube channel. Can't wait! Yeehaw!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/11/2022 2:02:50 PM     Points: 72979
hot spotting those Alpine lakes likely won't have a dramatic effect.. cuz there's too many people like me that are fat and out of shape.. and even some of the more fit folks won't want to trek 5 plus miles to fish

However, hot spotting small local bodies of water can be disastrous. A couple years ago a new member posted these really nice blue gill from a local source and I pointed out that probably wasn't a good idea. He essentially said it wouldn't matter... well his place got blown up and he hasn't posted since

You are correct there is information about stocking out there but most people won't really dig through it and even less will take the time to fish them. However, once it's posted on line and people see it for real.. that's different.

Please remember I been on this forum for quite a while now. I do my best to help people as often as I can, but I'm cautious about posting small easily accessed places. I learned the hard way too.. I posted a pic of a huge brown.. and didn't say where but I also posted a conditions report and the next weekend when I went.. there wasn't room for me to fish and that's no joke.

If you notice us guys that have been on this forum a long time are cautious about posting about small places that are good to fish

P.S. I'm way jealous of your fish. I've yet to catch one.. congratulations
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 4/11/2022 3:48:25 PM     Points: 76778
Spot on Jim. Thanks for your reply.
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: 4/11/2022 4:22:58 PM     Points: 318
Where did you get that nice grass Carp lilpilgrim? And what did you use...? Only half way kidding
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 4/11/2022 6:29:28 PM     Points: 1803
@NDtransplatnt Wow lance all of the 100 people subscribed to your YouTube will be impressed. They will probably vote you angler of the year. Your dad will be proud of you. jajaja like I said before pfft rmnp. Ignorance is bliss, I subscribe to fx because there is so much better info than the hot spotters.
Also no need to respond @me if I don't directly ask you a question.
 Reply by: Hille733      Posted: 4/11/2022 10:26:00 PM     Points: 687
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/12/2022 6:26:57 AM     Points: 14545
@Randog, you crack me up. I hope to see on the trail this summer. It'll make for great content.

For everyone else who was positive on the post. You guys are great.

For everyone who was not, wouldn't the best way to avoid this entirely would be to petition the owner of the website to not even allow tagging of bodies of water whatsoever? Why even put it up as an option?

Also, even if you do that, and for everyone concerned about further hotspotting, don't even consider looking at apps likes FishAngler or FishBrain which both have even more traffic than this website because they will break your hearts. They will. All of those apps encourage not only tagging of species, where they were caught, but also what they were caught on.

Last, every time anyone including me comments on this post it goes to the top of the posts. So anyone who disagrees with the post who then comments brings it up to the top for more eyes to see. Seems to me that the best way to put out the popularity of the post would be not to comment. LOL!

In conclusion, it appears that all of the Pella Ponds need updating on this website to include the recent stockings which now include more species that are nowhere listed on even Boulder County's literature.

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