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  1. So I guess I am not the only Minnesotan who found CO wasn't the place for them. I just moved back from Boulder to Minneapolis in November. We lasted only a year out west, just wasn't trhe right fit, sure not MN. Seems to me most of the negatives have been hit on the head. The urban waters are overun with wakeboarders and recreational boaters who have very little if any respect for anglers, not to mention they are very small...INSANE if simply put. As a very active walleye angler/addict, life out west was way different. I found some excellent populations of fish in the Chatfield and Cherry Creek Reservoirs, unfortunately the fisheries mgmnt. out there is horrible, but once again, it is not MN. There is hope, people always seem to bring up the fact that you have to drive a long ways to get to fishable waters in and around Denver, but i found there really was no difference, The paralell I draw is what is the difference from driving from The twin cities to Mille lacs, LOTW, Winni, Red, Brainerd, Alexandria, Cass, etc. Point being, you gotta do some driving to fish whether it is Minnesota or Colorado. Yes we have better options here in the metro, and a heck of a lot more throughout the state, but there a are some decent options in Colorado. I found the mountain reservoirs to be pretty darn cool, my girlfriend and I spent every cahnce we had up and around the Frasier Valley, Granby res., Shadow mtn.res, Grand Lake, and some others I don't remember names. The scenery is amazing, the mountains are beautiful, and the fishing is what it is. Colorado is definately not Minnesota, so my best advice is to not compare it, just try to enjoy what the state offers and accept it. Sounds to me you are a musky nut, sorry I can't help you there, but I'd guess you could do all right fishing the tigers, given the mild seasons and forage bases there have gotta be some some biguns, maybe not like the fatties on Mille Lacs or othe waters around here, but then again I am not sure if tigers get as big as regular muskies. Good luck to ya, my advice would be to start skiing because that is what CO is definately known for, the fishing is less than impressive.
  2. Perry, bring the boat! The mild weather combined with the prospect of softwater year round is what attracted me out this way. FRom the little time I've spent here in CO I'd say there are plenty of fisheries available, making the boat a very worthwhile tool, if you spent a lot of time on the water back in MN, you'll want to have the skeeter out here. I guess the biggest challenge I've been faced with is the reality that I am not going to be fishing the rainy river this spring. I've had a heck of a time up there the last couple of years, 20+ days fishing an amazing pre-spawn fishery like that will make any walleye nut go through some pretty bad withdrawls. Oh, well, lots of big fish, but never really saw anything over 30. Sounds like there is seriuos BIG fish potential out here, good luck with the move. FC
  3. Next on the list of questions from a MN transplant walleye angler are what type of minow options are available out here in CO? I live in Boulder, and was wondering if available where I'd be able to scrape up some good minnows, preferably chubs, shiners or small suckers, or whatever else there is accessable. I plan on trying to spend some quality time out on the Boulder Res. very soon and would really enjoy some lively, hearty minnows to help entice what I expect to be pretty lathargic mid-winter eyes. I've got the boat all ready to go, finally found a res. map, now just thought I'd see what type of bait options are out there. Does the bass pro-shops in Denver sell bait? If anybody has any help on this subject I'd greatly appreciate it. If none, that'll be fine to, good plastics can be just as productive. Thanks to all, I'll post once I actually hit the water.
  4. Thanks Dan, thats what I was hoping to here! I may try to get out on the water here pretty darn soon. Sounds like there is some decent ice fishing going on out there, and with this weather it must be awesome, sure beats those blustery days back in MN, a hole hoppers dream out here. Unfortunately, I left my auger and fish trap back in MN, brought all of my other ice fishing gear, I have had a heck of a lot of great ice experiences back home, and decided it would be more fun to concentrate on soft water year round. Must admit, was a little jealous every time I here reports from back home, oh well, that first western walleye will change all that. Thanks again for the info, I'll post once I actually get out fishing.
  5. I am a newbie here out west, I am living in Boulder, just wondering what type of Reservoir/ lake maps are out there. I figured I'd hit the bass Pro Shops near denver, but recomendations on specific paper maps or mapping software/chips are recomended for my GPS. Are the Lowrance or Navionics chips worthwhile out west, I loved them back in the MIdwest. I would really dig a book sort of thing containing many different res./lake maps for specific regions of the state, more bang for the buck, that would allow me to do research of many fisheries, and select specie specific bodies of water I'd like to target. Another question, does the CO dnr/fisheries mgmt. do much in terms of surveys or specie specific surveys, test nets, electro shock info. If so, where can I access this, I've tried the DNR HSOforum, not finding it there. I am just trying to gain as much insight into the fisheries I'd like to know of current data that will allow me to determine what bodies of water are worthwhile. I am a multi-specie angler, whos willing to travel for QUALITY fishing. This nice mild winter weather is really getting me excited to get the boat back in the water. Thanks for any help, by the way has anyone fished the Boulder res.? Is the walleye population worthwhile? It is way too close to home to not give her a shot.
  6. Allright guys, I just moved to Boulder from the MInnesota, looking to get some insight/help on fishing the Reservoirs and lakes out here. I brought my boat and am willing to do some driving. I guess I'll start with some questions I've been thinking of, any and all help appreciated. I plan on mainly Walleye fishing, what bodies of waters should i plan on targeting for starters, is the Boulder res. worthwhile or a waste of time? Any trophy walleye fisheries out there, especially come pre-spawn? Will I be able to fish soft water most of the winter, do the "warmwater" fisheries ever freeze enough to prohibit this? I'd assume some skim ice from time to time, anything really significant? Where can I find good lake/res. maps, and anyone have advice on whther or not the lakemaster or navionics chip for the western U.S. are worthwhile? And I guess lastly, will I need to run my boat motor a bit leaner due to the altitude, if so anyone know of a Yamaha dealer/mechanic in the Boulder/DEnver are that I could contact if I can't do it myself. Thanks for the help, good luck with the winter fishing. I am sure I 'll be chiming in with more questions.
  7. OR, I heard that there was a decent bite going there a couple of weeks ago. I was just a bit curious as to where you guys were having success, are we talking open water, bad river area, or in the bay? I am not looking for you to give up any spots or secrets, just curious because I live on Madeline and spend a lot of time fishing the bay. I have had decent success my last couple of days out trolling, fish have been scattered, anywhere from 12-40ft, bottom and suspended. It is always a mixed bag of smallies, pike and of course walleye, which i am always am targeting. Unfortunately, I am limited to staying close to home, I fish a 16 ft boat with a 50hp tiller, not going to head down towards the Bad in a small boat, way to vulnerablbe if weather/wind take a turn. Chime in if you can, I would like to here about that run, sounds like you caught some nice fish, haven't seen anything over 22 down in the bay, but they have been nice chunky fish, looking forward to the fall, and hopes of targeting some more concentrated fish. Couple more questions...day bite or low light, suspended? Crank baits or spinners, answer what you like, just like to know whats working around here. Heven't been out for a couple a days, probably be back onm the water tomorrow morning. Thanks for any info, FC
  8. Just checking in to see if anybody has had any success out on the bay walleye fishing. I 've been trolling stick, crank baits, and crawler harnesses over lots of different structure the last couple of weeks and can't scrape up any eyes for the life of me. Fortunately have had plenty of bonus smallies, pike, a few trout and a even a nice salmon to keep things interesting. Tried just about eveything I can imagine, spots that generally produce or have in the past and countless new spots. Just thought I'd check in to see if anybody is doing well out there as of late, I only have one day a week I am able to fish a dusk bite so all of my time spent fishing has been in the a.m. I have tried just about every type of technique and all differents depths and structure, but don't have a heck of a lot of confidence in the a.m./day bite, especially with the blue bird skies of the last week or more. Obviously low light periods and windy or overcast days are best, but just curious if anybody else has a report to throw out there. Anyone night trolling? Weed growth is improving day by day, eventually they'll be holding some active fish, if not already. Thanks for any info and or reports. FC
  9. Hey guys hit the Kakagon and a few other spots this morning in an attempt to troll up a few eyes, graphed some fish on distintive breaks here and there, but unable to get any takers. Threw the box at them, slow, fast, spinners, you name it. Started out in 5ft, worked my way down to the deeper stuff, 12-13ft. Managed to score a bonus chinook, that was cool, but for the Walleye situation, I think if we ever get a stable weather pattern around these parts again things could get good real quick. Hey Jim, am I wrong in assuming that there should be still some walleye hanging out in that kakagon area, if not at least in the adjacent deeper structures. I've been giving them heck the last week or so, when the weather cooperates, I've fished Washburn to the Kakagon/Sandcut areas, been able to only scratch up a couple of fish, we'll see what this next week brings, w/nw winds next couple of days, that will help, better then the NE. One more question, have you heard if anything been going on down near ashland, hot pond, breakwall, etc. I may try a morning bite again tomorrow, we'll see, 5:00 am comes pretty quick after a saturday night in a restaurant, if so, I'll post back when given a chance, I guess I may have to break down and join the hoards chasing smallies, sometimes it sucks being a stubborn walleye angler! Lets hope for some better weather, FC
  10. I am all moved in back on the Island, and now I guess it is finally time to hit the water. I am going to fight all tempations to chase eyes and go ahead and try to troll up some browns! A bit easier to do from my location, not quite the boat ride it is down to the bay. If this weather holds out I'll probably make a run down there this weekend or mid next week. Sounds like the fish may need a little rest anyways, but should be darn close by the sounds of things. Happy to hear the fish are in post spawn, should be feed bag time aye? I'll post a report sometime in the next few days. Oh yeah, was rigging my gear up this a.m. and realized all of my crankbaits are MIA, ouch! Hopefully they are back in Mpls, and not lost in the move, otherwise some lucky sun of a gun may have hit the jackpot on about $500 worth of crankbaits/stick baits. My e-mail address is [email protected], definately interested in some night trolling, if my schedule permits it, if not oh well, good luck fishin fellas.
  11. Hey guys reagrding those smallies up there, they are amazing aren't they? There is a really good article in the last in-fisherman regarding targeting great lakes smallies that are staged just above or near wintering holes, and then trolling for them when they are in transition, something like that if I remember correctly, point being, definatly worth a try on the bay, I am sure it would be a great way to get into some of those chunky fish this time of year. I 'd like to second the notion of night trolling for smallies, the biggest fish I've ever come accross(smallies) have been at night, trolling for eyes, boy the bay is a really sweet fishery, pike, walleye, smallmouth, you just never know what you are going to get into. One thing I'd like to mention, don't want to start any arguments, but from my experiences with some local trout anglers, there exists a great deal of anamosity regarding the smallie population, as if coexisating is not an option, that is all I am going to say about that, I just wish all around, there was a little more respect and conservation in terms of the of all species of fish. Chequamegon bay hs a great deal of potential as a multi specie, trophy fishery, but there still needs to be more selective harvest and education all around, but that is the case everywhere, tis modern day angling. Enough said, probably be up there by monday, if the wind cooperates I 'll be chasing some species of fish, if not theres always big pike roaming the marinas and other "sheltered" locations.
  12. Thanks guys, sounds like a lot of what I was wondering about the bay holds true, including some fish exceeding the 30+ in mark, I have had considerable success with big fish on other fisheries, but never have broken the 30 inch mark, and I've always hoped that Chequamegon had the potential. Started moving back to the Island, would head back now and start doing some fishing but seems to me that weather isn't going to cooperate anytime soon. It is nice to hear there are other walleye fishing enthusiasts out there fishing the bay, keep the info comin, getting me awfully excited. Thanks tp all FC
  13. Midday shallow weed bites are the best, This is new and very helpful information Yooperhawg, I experienced this on other mainland lakes in MN, never concentrated on these areas on the bay, other than low lite periods. One question for you, share if you like, do you fish live bait, or are you trolling these areas, seems to me a lot of anglers mainly troll the bay for eyes. I also understand there can be decent oppotunities to those interested in night fishing, I have had only a few chances to do it there myself, I am at the will of using somebody elses rig for that, It can get a little scary heading back to the Island at night (in my boat), or crossing the south channel for that matter, you just never know what the weather is or wind is going to do. Unfortunately it would get a little costly trailering my boat, via the ferry and driving down to Washburn, or Ashland, oh well, can't have it all. By the way Yooperhwg, whats your biggest from the bay?
  14. Hey fellas, sounds like the hot pond has been kickin out some decent fish, I've only fished there a few times(last year)I live on madeline Island spring-fall, and am an avid walleye angler who loves to target trophy fish, (C+R only of course)with some questions about the walleye fishery on the bay and lake itself. First question concerning the hot pond and nearby srtuctures, those of you that are familiar and fish here often, do you believe those fish attracted to the warm water discharge are dorment fish that hold up nearby by most of the year or is this simply a migrational pattern? I've thrown this one out in discussion with some others in the past, but most the folks I know up in that area are primarily trout fisherman, not much help to a walleye nut like me, thats no shot at the trout anglers by the way. Another thing I've always wondered if the bay itself has a walleye population of it's own aside from those fish that roam the main lake following schools of forage, I guess what I am trying to say here is the bay similar to a fishery all of it's own that is simply connected to lake superior. Obviously I am sure fish intermingle with both the bay and the big lake, but it seems sensible that there are fish that hang near the head of the bay all year long or wander up into the sloughs or sand cut, etc. but may never make it past long Island. Just a thought, ? Just something I've thought about since I started chasing eyes up there three years ago, I think there is a decent fishery that doesn't get targeted that much given the great diversity of the area, unfortunately I can't get out and fish as often as I'd like with a busy seasonal work schedule and a 16.5 ft./50hp motor that makes me extremely vulnerable to weather patterns, needless to say I am stuck on the Island more often than not, but safety first, I get plenty of fishing in the rest of the year, but sure would like to know how those do that are able to fish out there extensively, seems to me those of you that have, have been into some good fishing, it has to kich out some great trophy fish, 30+inch range? Chime in as you like, recent fishing reports greatly welcomed, thanks to all
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