Monday, September 21, 2020

11 mile and Spinney

Fished Spinney Friday evening and Saturday. Friday evening I only fished for an hour and a half. Managed two small pike on s-waver. Saturday I fished with Russ and his son Kevin. I got skunked. They managed 8 fish between them. Water is super low. The docs are being pulled out Monday. Slept in Sunday. Launched the boat at 11 mile about 11am. Fished for pike for 2 hours. Had one follower and one maybe hit. I then tried the north shore in the back abd did really well. Trout bite was hot using a small white tube w/ 1/4 jig. Also caught one small pike.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Chatfield and Cherry Creek

Catching up on some walleye fishing. Hit Chatfield a few times. Caught a decent amount of SMB, few walleyes. Seeing a fair amount of shad which is good. Hit the creek a few times. Shad EVERYWHERE. Its harder to catch fish, but you can catch the biggins. Blades and jigging raps. Fishing shallow. Have to use side scan or blind cast. Misc: Seaguar smackdown seems to sucks for jigging raps, it always breaks. Trying some fireline I have. Hopefully it will last longer Use 20# floro leader for blades and jigging raps, seems to help with fouling After a cast let the blade pendulum down on a tight line to stop fouling. Got a little better at double pop with 'raps Fished a larger shiver minnow today, seems pretty cool, should try it more often.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Spinney 8/29

Hit the lake Friday about 4pm. Not much wind at all. Got a 27" right away and missed a couple of more bites on the 'main' point. Diane caught 3 small pike. Saturday we had 0 wind. It sucked hah. Water completely covered in pollen stuff. Laker super low, surface temp was 61. Got one bite at 9:30 on a S-Waver 120, fat 33.5" Diane caught a fat trout and a small pike. At about 1pm the crazy wind, rain, and lightning moved in....really really fast. Scary just how fast the weather can change up there. I felt 100% safe in the wind and waves in the Lund, but the lightning was literally right over head. So we headed in, along with 15 or so other boats. The ramp was packed and would be for 20 or so minutes. I looked around and noticed a kayaker near the dam. The wind was blowing into the dam so it had the biggest waves. The kayker looked to be struggling a bit. I saw two boats drive right past him. I drove over and asked if he was okay. At this point it's hailing and the wind and waves are howling. He said he needed help. I did a loop around him, killed my motor, and let my boat drift side to side into his kayak. He grabbed my boat, we began moving all his gear into my boat. Then he got in. I pulled his kayak into my boat. Once everything was secured we headed towards the ramp. I spoke with the guy a bit, he seems to have a hard time talking, I think he was really cold and tired, and probably in shock a bit. I noticed he was not wearing a PFD! This guy was pretty lucky someone stopped to help him. If he would have gone in it would 100% have been over for him. Anyway, got him back to the ramp and he was very thankful. I did manage to get some of his mono around my prop shaft :( I'll check this week and see if the seal is jacked.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Zeroing in on the biggins

 About 3 years ago I watched a video with Aaron Wiebe and Jon B. fishing for giant pike on the fly. It is an amazing video and really got me all gassed up on catching a big pike. That video was actually my motivation for taking up fly fishing.

The next couple of years I managed a few pike here and there, but nothing to get excited about. I never really went too hard, but pike were always in the back of my mind.

Last fall for some unknown reason I decided I wanted to try Spinney Mountain Reservoir for pike. I had never been there before and really have no clue why I decided it was time to try it out. I bought a bulldog and a couple of spinner baits and away I went. On literally my first cast I caught a dink pike. It was pretty cool. Managed to catch probably 5 or so that day.

I went up to Spinney 4 or so more times that fall and did pretty decent. The largest pike I caught was 32" on a husky jerk.

This spring I did not fish for pike, mostly just chased walleye. It was a great spring and we caught a ton of fish. Once the front range lakes got too busy with boat traffic I found myself going up to Spinney again. I also  decided it was time to get real serious about pike.

Time to do some more research and gear upgrades. I watched a ton of muskie and pike videos on the tube. I wound up picking up some Buchertails, different spinners, glide baits, swim baits etc. Picked up a really nice swimbait rod rated for 2-10oz lures and a super nice St Croix Mojo Muskie rod rated for 3/4 to 4oz. I put Abu Garcia Revos on both of them with 40# Powerpro.

Now with new gear, information, and renewed resolve I hit Spinney. Fished multiple 14 hour days. Casting non stop all day. I had results immediately. Probably 20 pike under 24", maybe 6 between 24" and 28", and 1 at 33". Its going well, but no true monsters yet. But I know they will come.

Saturday the 22nd I started fishing at 5:30 am. I got one 28" pike on a Storm glide bait about 9am. Then nothing for hours and hours, not even a follow. Around 5 pm I decided to work the points on the south west side. I caught 5 mid size pike right away. I missed what must have been a big one in a little cove leading up to the first point. He left a huge swirl in the water. The wind had picked up and I had some slight mud lines. I was throwing a 500 Buchertail nickel on black. Caught 2 more IIRC, best around 24". Now it was about 6:30 and the wind was blowing pretty good out of the east. I headed to the North west end by the inlet and did a drift over about 13 FOW. 5 minutes in caught about 24 incher. Got him back in the water and maybe cast 3 times and BAM got a good fish on the line. It happens so quick its hard to really remember the details. I know I had the fish for maybe 10 seconds and then he ripped a bunch of drag out and I thought I lost him. The fish then went and buried himself in the weeds. I winched him out and fumbled with the net. Of course the net hung up on everything, but I still managed to net the fish.

Maybe 2 weeks ago I spent some time going over my plan for dealing with a big fish. I figured out how to set up my net so I would not have to hold it. This involves putting one end under the port console and a velcro strap holding the hoop to a handle on the gunwale. I also bought a phone mount that sticks to the windshield of the boat and found an app to constantly take photos until stopped.

After I got the fish netted and the net secured I went to work on getting the fish unhooked. The fish did multiple death rolls in the net and had the hook and net completely tangled. There was no way I would be able to get this fish untangled and unhooked before it died. Thankfully after watching a Youtube video by Todays Angler I bought a heavy duty pair of hook cutters. I used the hook cutters to cut the treble hook away from the rest of the lure. This freed the pike from the giant tangle. I was then able to get the hook remnants and lure out of the net and get the pike situated so he could relax and breath.

As soon as I got the fish sorted I put my phone in the mount and got it taking photos. I pulled the fat pike out the net, got a few picks, bumped him, 35". I put him back in the water and held him next to the boat for about 30 seconds, then he kicked off and went back to the depths.

I could not be happier. All the planning and research had put me on this fish and had me prepared and informed on how to safely deal with him. The fish and myself are not much worse for the wear.

In Colorado 36" and over is a Master Angler for pike. I missed it by one inch. I'm actually happy with this. I feel like a true Master Angler pike should take more time, and I'm more than happy to keep up the hunt.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Spinney and John Martin

 Fishing has been good. Catching a ton of big cutbows and decent pike. Went to John Martin and Diane and I had a 100 fish day of White Bass, Drum, Crappie, and Carp. 

Managed to bust up my prop in Spinney. Bought a new Solas prop. Seems okay. Ventilates during hole shot, but seems to have better top end and really good bow lift.

Start throwing big glide baits for pike. I really want to try to get a MA pike this fall.  So far I have had decent luck with the glide baits. Nothing huge yet. Just ordered several big spinners and bucktails. 

 








 



Monday, July 27, 2020

Spinney 7-25 and 7-26

Water level down 5 to 8 feet. Water pretty clear, lot of floating weed. Water temp about 62-65. Did well in the back on edge of drop off from 8' to 13' FOW. White tubes and perch pattern blade.

Pike was 33". Lot of 20"-22" bows, cutbows, and browns. Diane got a MA Cutbow. We didnt get a picture because it was bleeding.









Saturday, July 18, 2020

July 1st to 18th

I have mostly been hitting Chatfield. Bite has been pretty solid. Last weekend I caught 26 and Diane caught 6 from 5am till about 11am. Went out on Tuesday for a few hours in the evening and caught 8, one keeper. Today managed 20, no keepers. Shad are really going off. Water temp is 71-74. Water looks to be down 10 feet or so. Clarity is not bad. The worm and jig bite seems to have slowed. Most fish have been caught with reaction style lures - JiggingRap, Blades, and snapping plastics. Been catching in 10-16 FOW. Road bed, hump around no wake buoy line, north east ledge. Have not fished Cherry Creek in a few weeks. That lake just feels so small and so little structure to fish. I feel like I run out of spots to fish. Last time out I went with Luke and did okay. I think we got 10 or so, 1 keeper. Got my MA certificate and patch for 33"ish Carp and my 34" Laker from Granby.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CC 6/30

Fished with Luke from 5am to 10am. Had 11 in all. 1 Keeper. Did best on worms, but did catch them on blades, fluke. Missed a good one on swimbait. Small shad everywhere. Water temp about 70. Visibility very bad, water was brown and weedy. Found fish between 18 and 21 fow.

Williams For w/ Russ 6/21

Sucked. Did manage to catch some Lakers in 8' of water though! Had some pike action. Saw a lot of suspended bait, kokes or 'bows. Did not see many marks on shit house.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Cherry Creek 6/5

Fished from 6-10 before work. 17. 1 keeper, another super fat 17" and lost a big one. Did really well in around 15 FOW on the west side humps near the marina. They were really liking worms. Got the big ones on blades. When I cleaned the keeper I found a crayfish in its stomach.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Cherry Creek 6/2

Hit the creek after work. 17 Walleyes. Found most of them in 10-12 FOW on the edge of a hump in the NE corner in front of the swim beach. Did best on a gold blade and jigging raps. Water temp was about 72.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Cherry Creek and Chatfield 5/27 and 5/31

Finally had some good results at Cherry Creek. Managed 32 on the south end. Jigging Rap and blades were very productive. Lost a really nice walleye and a few others on blades, ordered some new hooks to replace the factory ones. Next afternoon at CK I only caught 9. Both days I managed one keeper. Saw huge shad spawning by the ramp in the evening. everyone else was fishing around the marina, did not seem to be catching much. Best luck was between 10-20 feet. Temp was about 68.

Hit Chatfield Sunday. Slow start. Boat traffic everywhere. Went to the no wake zone and Diane and myself caught a handful. Decided to deal with the waves and boat traffic and fished the NE corner. Caught quite a few fish. Storm came in with a lot of wind. Bite really picked up. Caught another 10 or so around the East end of the roadbed. We got 43 all together. Diane caught 22 fish!



Saturday, May 23, 2020

Pueblo 5/19 to 5/22

Wore out, so just going to post notes. I love the campsite, we stayed at #52 in Arkansas loop, might try 53 next time if possible. It looks a little more private. Arkansas loop is super close to the South boat ramp.

  • when water was flat calm snapping plastics did not work - seemed better with worms then
  • when wind picked up I could search for pods of 3-6 fish and catch a few pretty much everytime
  • caught a 19.5" super close to the bank
  • Jigging rap was working well in 20mph winds
  • Lost a LOT of gear. Looking into weed guards and Texas rigging - skin hooking.
  • Spent way way too much time tying leaders, hoping weed guards and Texas rigging will help with this, if not I might need to ditch braid for PLO - Also, maybe a barrel swivel.. the hope would be the floro would break off and I could just retie to the barrel swivel.
  • Use a shorter leader - 3' ?
  • Big fish really like shallow
  • SMB seems to be getting more active
  • Need to try different styles of working soft plastics - snap and pendulum, tiny snaps, draging etc
  • Water temp mid to high 60s
  • Broke the tips of 3 rods!! (Me one, Diane two)
  • Fished with Russ and Chris.





Monday, May 18, 2020

Granby May 16-18

Granby opened the boat ramp on Friday. 3 weeks after ice out. Water temp was about 59. Water coming up fast. First day caught a fat 30"er and a 27" and a 25". Total for the day was 21. Next day I caught a 34". Few other decent ones. 15 for the day. Last day was slow, nothing to get excited about.

Found fish right on a drop off in A-Bay. About 47-50 FOW. Also found lots of smaller fishing holding in 60ish FOW.

My neighbor has an awesome house right on Shadow Mountain Reservoir. He let us stay there for 3 days for free!



Friday, May 15, 2020

Plo 5/12

36. 4 or 5 wipers, a giant rainbow. Caught most in 20ish FOW by old boat ramp. Plastics and jigging raps. 3 keepers.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Chatfield 5/9

Water temp 58-60. Cloudy windy day. Caught 82 walleye and 3 SMB. Started with worms then switched to soft plastic on 1/4 jig head. Just popping the plastic across the bottom lightly. Tom describes it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vf1jIn4MRQ

Friday, May 8, 2020

Chatfield 5/6

Water temp 58. Water clarity was not great. Caught 36 'eyes. No keepers :| Found the fish on the roadbed and near the NE end.
Worms and blades. 12-18 FOW.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Spinney 5/2 and 5/3

Spinney just opened for the season. It's also one of the few places that are open for camping right now. We decided to go up for the weekend. Saturday we hit the lake at 5:30am. My boat was last exit inspected at Pueblo a few weeks ago. When they sealed it up they must not have attached the seal completely because it was gone when I arrived at Spinney. Thankfully the inspector let me in with a quick visual inspection.

We launched the boat and drove to the north west end. Started fishing in 11ish FOW over sparse weeds. We were throwing 2.75" green tubes and working them like jerk baits. Starting catching fish immediately. Mostly really fat Cutbows and Rainbows with a few Pike and Browns. We also threw blades and did some vertical jigging. Managed 43 fish by 3pm, 3 master angler sized Cutbows.

Sunday was kind of a bust. It was a lot colder, cloudy, and windy. We fished from about 6am to 10:30. Managed 7 fish, couple of fat Rainbows and some Pike.































Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Spring Walleye Fishing a P-Lo

Fished two more times with Russ(SGM) Guy is a fishing machine. Its awesome. On April 1st we fished back in Turkey Creek throw jerkbaits, huskies and cutters. We literally caught a limit of keepers. Pretty much throw up into shallow scrub.

Today we fish in skiers cove. We caught 60 walleye with 3 keepers. We also caught 2 wipers and a giant 13" crappie. Today we caught most of the fish on 1/8 oz jig head with a worm and blades.

11 mile and Spinney

Fished Spinney Friday evening and Saturday. Friday evening I only fished for an hour and a half. Managed two small pike on s-waver. Saturday...