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Old 01-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ive been wondering if downriggers are helpful here in colorado? Has anyone done a lot of downrigger fishing around the denver area? Not being able to ice fish because of back problems has me stir crazy and I am trying to invent new ways to occupy my time this ice season
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Ive been wondering if downriggers are helpful here in colorado? Has anyone done a lot of downrigger fishing around the denver area? Not being able to ice fish because of back problems has me stir crazy and I am trying to invent new ways to occupy my time this ice season
They're very helpful for kokanee trolling.



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What about walleyes? Lakers? Pike? Carp !
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they are good for walleyes, i have 2 on my boat
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I know somebody that used to use them to pull big tandem spinner baits 25 feet down at Pueblo to catch big wipers...out on Boggs flat...I think it is called Boggs...
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downriggers can be used for any species and are the best thing to use if you want to troll at a controlled depth, I've caught rainbow, kokanee, laketrout, wipers, carp, walleye and bass with them when I used to troll here. In Alaska I use them in the saltwater trolling for salmon but also catch rock fish halibut and cod with them by accident.
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Thanks guys! Im going to put two on the old smokercraft this winter. Any tips for a newbie downrigger owner?
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I've had two for a couple years and love them for Walleyes, kokes, lakers, etc..... Well worth the money, and not hard to use.

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Decide at what depth you will be using the Downriggers...let that help you decide it you want electric or manual downriggers.....a manual downrigger will meet the majority of your needs in CO.

Decide if your back problem is going to affect your use of a manual operation.
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If you fish solo or fish with people who don't follow directions well.
I would buy one electric downrigger instead of two manuals.
It can get busy trying to handle the boat and two manual downriggers.
You can always add another rig when you want.
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