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Date 23-Apr-15
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Conditions : Chatfield Reservoir - The fish have started to move up in depth and become more active. The walleye fishing has picked up with anglers catching them along the rock dam on jerk baits. Popular colors are bone white when the water is murky, and shad patterns when the water clears up. Walleye bag limit is 3 fish 18 inches long, with one of those that can be over 21 inches. The bass fishing has been hit or miss and your best bet is to fish on the east end of the lake and look for weed beds in about 5 to 10 feet of water. The bass bag limit is 5 bass 15 inches long or longer. The trout fishing has been fair using night crawlers. Trout fishing has been good around the entire lake, the trout bag limit is 4, any size. The perch fishing has been slow; the perch bag limit is 20, any size. Chumming is prohibited, and strictly enforced!

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About: - Chatfield Reservoir: This Denver metro area reservoir is one of the most popular recreation areas. With its excellent view of the foothills, this reservoir is developing a good walleye population, featuring many fish in the 1- to 3-pound class. There are rainbow trout, yellow perch, tiger muskie, smallmouth bass and crappie. Night fishing lands channel catfish, particularly in the Plum Creek area. Fall weather provides some great trout fishing here as the water cools. The shad spawn will slow fishing for a couple of weeks later this month but then it will pick up again. Live minnows are the best bait for catching all species in October-November. The lake normally freezes in late December and provides good ice fishing if the ice is thick enough, but be careful. The last few years it has only had 10 inches of ice and there are some soft spots caused by warm-water springs under the lake. (State Parks Pass is required)

Location: South of Highway 85 to C-470, west and C-470, south on Wadsworth to the park entrance.

  • Rainbow Trout
  • bass
  • channel catfish
  • yellow perch
  • crappie
  • bluegill
  • sunfish
  • carp

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