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Lake: Horsetooth Reservoir

Need Mid-Day Fishing Advice for Horsetooth

Post By: Andraka      Posted: 5/19/2024 12:23:27 PM     Points: 1    
I recently moved to Northern Colorado from the east coast and am having family visit in early June. As an activity during their trip we plan to rent two little fishing boats from Inlet Bay Marina for 4 hours and do some fishing on Horsetooth.

We all have several years of experience fishing, mainly largemouth and smallmouth on spinning rods with lures, but have bottom-fished a lot over the years too.

I know that universally the best times for fishing are almost always dawn and dusk, but the boat rental hours have to be between 9am and 5pm so we won’t have access to those prime fishing hours.

Can any anglers experienced with Horsetooth Reservoir give me some tips/wisdom to help give us the best odds of getting some action on our day-trip?
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: May. 19, 3:31:25 PM     Points: 37671
Search for Fishful Thinker ( Chad Lachance ) videos on you tube. He has lived and guided on Horsetooth for a lot of years and has put out a lot of great tips for that lake.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: May. 19, 7:24:25 PM     Points: 17799
I agree that Chad is the foremost expert on Horsetooth, so his videos would be great. I fish Horsetooth at least weekly, year round. From late fall to early spring, I'd say trout might be the easiest target. However, by now they are moving deep... especially during the warmer daytime hours. Walleye will be deep too during those hours. Last week I caught trout and walleye at 50+ feet deep and by June I will be fishing 60+ deep. By fishing deep I do catch them year round, but it was a significant learning curve.

SO... I would recommend your best chance of success being to target smallmouth bass. Especially since you're experienced spin-fishing for bass.

Rather than spending time trying to learn the topography of the lake, you can focus on the perimeter. Aim for the main lake points. Fish the structure, like big rocks and rip rap. Imitate 3-4 inch baitfish, and crayfish.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 20, 7:57:07 AM     Points: 2374
The Smallmouth should be moving into the shallows as the water warms. Last year I did well at about 60 degrees on the surface.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: May. 20, 12:30:20 PM     Points: 38107
Beware of the main lake in a little boat! The wakes and waves can get nuts with the big boat and wake boat traffic
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: May. 20, 5:21:43 PM     Points: 327
I would look around flooded vegetation also, also were water may be entering the lake.
 Reply by: Fish Crazy      Posted: May. 21, 8:46:59 PM     Points: 1142
Smallmouth Bass = 3" Senkos, Panther Martin's, Jerk Baits
Coves, points, drop offs, gradual rocky slopes

Trout = troll deep diving Jerk Baits right down the middle & around the shoreline

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