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Date 08-Oct-17
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Conditions : Chatfield Reservoir - The current water temperature is around 62 degrees with about two to three feet of visibility. The water level is at normal historic levels for this time of year. The trout are picking up with the cooler water temperatures. Anglers are having the most success using worms, PowerBait, and Kastmasters. Fly anglers are having a lot of luck fishing the river with dry flies. The walleye action is starting to pick up and anglers should try fishing from the shoreline down from the North Boat Ramp using minnows and small Mepps style lures. Some channel catfish are being caught off of Catfish Flats and the Gravel Ponds by anglers using cut bait, frozen shrimp, and other typical catfish baits. Large and small mouth bass are starting to slow down. Try using jerk baits, scented plastics, and plastic worm imitations. The carp are being caught at the Rox Cove and the Plum Creek inlet using flies and stink bait.

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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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