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Date 15-Jan-15
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Conditions : Chatfield Reservoir - This 1,100 acre impoundment is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard- about 0.5 miles south of C-470. Fish which can be caught include rainbow trout 15-18", walleye over 24", smallmouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of January 8, ice thickness at Catfish Flats and the Swim Beach is about 4" thick, however the ice near Massey Draw is unsafe. Walleyes have been caught very early in the day on feeding flats that drop off into deep water near the old road bed. Try perch colored jigging spoons tipped with wax worms or mealworms. For updated ice conditions, contact Chatfield State Park (303-791-7275).

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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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