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Old 03-09-2006, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I hear that the Yampa River holds some big pike. Can anyone give some insight on what part of the river to go?
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A good number of them, and they are HUGE. Give me a pm. You MUST pledge to release ALL pike caught, or no info will be given.
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Kirbydog and I have talked about floating the Yampa this year in my canoe.
He won't eat fish. I'm guilty of eating some. I would likely take home two or three Smallmouth. Catch and release is fine, but we (my family) like fish and I believe in teaching respect for the outdoors by limited consumption. They think before they flush.
My family won't eat Pike. There safe.
Last year I found that outdoor connection will shuttle me back to Craig.
We would probably take out near Juiniper?
Were thinking about doing the float in two days, camping along the way.
Any idea's on best time ( May, June) and decent places of to camp?
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Im buying a drift boat this year, and if anyone wants to do a long as 5 day trip I might be looking for some people....so long as you know how to row
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id be up to join in on one of these trips and i got room for 1 more in my canoe maybe we could rally up a few more and make it the first CFF float trip!
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Mosquitoes, mosquitoes, mosquitoes. You must be able to handle these or you should not fish the yampa. No matter how much bug spray you put on, you are still a hamburger when you get back home usually.
Best time of year is july.
All pike should be immediately released, as should all smallies greater than 15". I don't care if a few smaller smallmouths are kept.
There are also occaisonal trout, even down by maybell. The catfishing is excellent.

Here is a good thread on the yampa, to see what it offers. Some pictures...
wait a sec...be back in a min
also, does anyone know where those pike pictures I had from the yampa are? I know they are somewhere on this forum, I just can't find em.

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here is the smallmouth thread. Now where is that pike thread....

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...p?topic=4718.0
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I used to live in Craig and went Pike fishing a few times with a good friend. He would fish for pike all the time. The DOW has been shocking the river for the last few summers to reduce the number of pike to protect the so-called endangered fish. The are releasing the pike in some ponds just south of Craig- witnessed it myself.

If you are interested in the Pike fishing, email me at [email protected] and I can give you the contact info of my good friend who will be able to steer you in the right direction.
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The are releasing the pike in some ponds just south of Craig- witnessed it myself.
i hunt elk out of Ile's Grove and stay in craig, those ponds aren't out by the ice arena are they?
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No the ponds are at Loudy-Simpson Park by the ball fields. South on Ranney Street over the Yampa River Bridge. It is a nice little rec area. They hold Huck Finn fishing day where they stock trout for the little kiddies each year. However with the dumping of all of the pike, I am not too sure how successful these Huck Finn days will be.
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