In many circles some means and methods are kept tight lipped and when your buddies found out you added someone new in on the secret, you were beaten, broken, and added to the do not call list! Let's see if I'm digging in on one of those nasty secrets here!
Walleye----of coarse! I was raised in Riverton Wyoming. 30 mins from Boysen and an hour from the dam. As kids we used the wind (between Boysen and Thermopolis) to raft and tube, and occasionally catch a huge brown or nice cut occasionally! All our walleye came from the lake, boat and shore fishing. On accident: We ended up pitching cranks one very very cold evening in March. Though not my fish I remember it well. My buddy was cursing about losing another lure to the rocks. A slew of cursing quickly turned to knee shaking and anxious relief! The snag decided to start swimming! Quickly realizing a fish that big had to be a carp we began with the slew of comments about mounting that trophy carp, how we were going to blow it to pieces with M-80's and so on! Granted we all stood and watched as my buddy pulled this log from across the river!
31.5 inch walleye, Little over 13 lbs! Since that day almost 17 years ago we have all been very tight lipped about our find. Word got out about 4 years ago and an add ended up in In fisherman or Walleye insider! Yes the code was broke, yes those of us who knew were pissed, but we have to give a lil credit as the article said Jan-Feb, untrue, and there are a few specific locations that were not specified. The main key was the time of night, which time of day wasn't even stated in the article! Same friend today has 5 eyes on his wall starting at 13, with the largest a bit over 15 (Greedy fellow). My mom kept a 13 for the wall, and another friend has a 12 and a 14. All from a 1 mile stretch of RIVER! We could pretty much count on a fish over 10 lbs each time we fished for about a 3 week window! Walleye swim upstream until they can swim no more during the spawn! With all that stated! I have hit Pueblo, below the dam, where the water hits the river 3 times now and not a single eye! I figure in Colorado the spawn happens earlier so Jan and Feb should be the time! I know the lures, I know the time of year! But I cant find the fish!
Does anybody have any input on this? Will you be the one to let the cat out of the bag?
Any info on any of our reservoirs would be appreciated!