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Date 20-Oct-15
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Conditions : Chatfield Reservoir - Water temp: 64'10.15.15 from: jibber Launched a kick boat out of Massey draw. Water clarity was only a couple of feet. No bites, no fish. There were still some shad moving about.

Gravel Ponds. Stopped by and fished pond #1, by the perimeter road. Caught a couple of small, largemouth bass and a bluegill on a small, deer hair bug. Had the lake to myself. 10.13.15 from: esoxrocks

Water temp was lower than I expected given the warm weather. Fish were hanging somewhat deeper (15'-16') than my last trip (early Sept). Caught one undersized Eye, and a number of Smallies with three nicer (15",16",16") fish. Biggest observation was the number of Perch caught when I downsized to a smaller jigging spoon. Is it me or are there lots more Perch around this year?

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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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