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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

JERKBAIT WALLEYE

Post By: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: 3/26/2023 2:47:55 PM     Points: 537    
Been having some good luck getting the 'eyes on jerkbaits the past week. Thought I'd share some of the techniques that have been working: [log in for link]
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: Mar. 26, 5:08:07 PM     Points: 364
Itís a fun bite! When the jerk bait hasnít been working Iíve been picking up the blade bait. Gotta be careful not to get snagged either way!
 Reply by: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: Mar. 26, 7:03:16 PM     Points: 537
Those rocks are hungry! I actually came away with more lures than I lost though.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 27, 1:43:21 AM     Points: 3128
Might want to double check if itís OK to be fishing off the dam right now. Normally, and this is a direct quote from the regs,

ď4. Fishing prohibited from dam and within 100 ft. of dam or walleye spawning nets Mar. 1 - April 15, or until walleye spawning operations are complete.Ē

I donít see any nets or buoys up right now, but I know someone received a ticket last year for fishing from the dam before CPW had decided it wasnít doing spawning ops at Chatfield. I havenít heard yet what theyíre doing this year. Might be worth a check with park office/rangers. Better than a ticketÖ
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Mar. 27, 11:59:09 AM     Points: 10949
^^^ some great advice there. Itís always a good idea to check regs for any lake you want to fish.

From what Iíve heard lately no walleye netting/egg collection at Chatfield this year. This is just hear say on my part so a phone call to Cdow would clarify.
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: Mar. 27, 3:41:48 PM     Points: 703
Good video! I wish more of the videos posted were more technique based like this one instead of guys just catching fish I find those one's pretty boring...
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: Mar. 27, 5:34:56 PM     Points: 364
RockymtnFlyyguy. Iím sure a few were mine. In that spot a floating bait seems to be better and slow up the retrieve closer to shore. Ha you probably reeled in some real money. No walleye spawn at chatfield this year per the Terry Wickstrom program.
 Reply by: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: Mar. 28, 7:16:44 PM     Points: 537
Yes, no dam closure this year. Not sure why, but they didn't do the normal collection. Rare opportunity to fish the dam during the spawn.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: Mar. 29, 10:03:16 AM     Points: 458
I emailed the park. Their response:
"The dam is open to fishing"
 Reply by: tatonka      Posted: Mar. 30, 10:38:52 AM     Points: 212
The 2023 walleye egg collection has met its goal and has been completed early, by gathering eggs from Pueblo and Cherry Creek.
 Reply by: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: Mar. 30, 7:45:31 PM     Points: 537
Good to know! Thanks, Tatanka!!
 Reply by: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: Mar. 30, 7:45:56 PM     Points: 537
Sorry, Tatonka :)

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