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Old 03-06-2009, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

Well, it's been close to 15 years since I last fished. My only previous experience was with LMB, catfish and a few salmon on the west coast.

My 14 year old stepson finally talked me into getting back into fishing, so here I am!

The variety of fish in Colorado, varying techniques, tricks, timing, weather, etc is a bit overwhelming. We have some gear but haven't even headed out yet because I have no idea what's biting where, and barely know where to start! :P

I finally have access to this site though, so at least I can begin to figure some of that out.

I'm sure I'll be asking some questions in the near future, but just wanted to take the opportunity to ask a few questions.

My stepson is a great kid and I really want to keep him with me in the outdoors instead of in front of the TV or out looking for trouble, so I'm really looking forward to hitting the water this spring.

Talk to you all later,

--Scott
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What species do you plan on targeting?
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Welcome to the madness site.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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welcome to the forum, feel free to ask but you will git more answers than you can use. a lot of knoledge on here
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My best advice on here is to search the forum for old reports and some new.... alot of reference on here for you to access with the click of a button.

also, asking lots of ?'s also helps as well.

Welcome to the forum. all we ask is you contribute and not lurk. don't be a stranger, brother.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome guys!

I'd like to target all species of fish. I really enjoyed some late summer nights fishing for cats in my youth. I also want to fish for some trout and maybe some salmon. Bass (wipers, LMB) works too!

I tend to gravitate towards larger bodies of water, so you probably won't find me on the Thompson or Poudre (I can already hear some of you breathing a sigh of relief!). I like lake and pond fishing with spinning gear. Next winter I'd love to ice fish for the first time, too. (I've always wanted to fish Lake John through the ice)

I have already looked at some of the old posts. It seems like catfish usually turn on starting in May (earlier if there's a streak of warm weather), but the bass, perch, walleye, and trout usually start to turn on right about now if a guy knows what he's doing.

Cant wait for the time change so I can start fishing after work!!

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Welcome duck! Magnificent rainbow trout are always on. Like everyone else said, ask specific questions and you'll get great answers.
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welcome, my first question for you is what part of colorado are you in? that will help narrow down some locations! right on for you wanting to get the kid into some fish! seems like kids are a big thing with lots of folks here!



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welcome, my first question for you is what part of colorado are you in? that will help narrow down some locations! right on for you wanting to get the kid into some fish! seems like kids are a big thing with lots of folks here!



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psssssst... jim... read the title ... welcome aboard duck! can't help much with the north part of the state, but if you head south... hit me up!
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm in Loveland, so for quick morning and evening trips some potential places could be:

Boedecker
Lon Hagler
Lone Tree
Carter
Boyd
Simpson & Thompson Ponds
Lake Loveland
Pinewood
Flatiron

I really love Jackson County too (I do a lot of hunting up there) so Delaney Buttes, Lake John, Cowdrey, etc.

Plus, there is Red Feather lakes, Jackson, Prewitt, etc....

The trick seems to be what's ice free this time of year, what's biting, and what they're biting on

I may try LL for perch sometime this week and if I do I'm sure I'll have questions about technique/strategies (lever fished for perch before!)

thanks guys,

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