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Date 07-Oct-15
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Conditions : Chatfield Reservoir - The bass fishing has been fair. The best way to catch bass around the lake is by throwing a white tube jig on windy days or by throwing white colored zara spooks in the mornings. The fish are primarily feeding on bait fish and are keyed in on black, grey, and white patterns that resemble a baitfish. The best places to catch bass are along the dam and at Massy Draw. Don't be hesitant to throw a jerk bait as well, some of the more bigger bites have come off of using jerk baits and incorporating long pauses in your retrieve. The walleye fishing has been fair. Some places to check are the submerged road bed that is about 100 yards off of the handicap dock at the south shore and trolling the dam in about 18 foot of water. Try trolling night crawlers and leaches if you have a boat.

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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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