Hello, all. I'm a newbie and I'm looking for a little advice. I moved from Bismarck to Denver last August for dental school. I'm 23 years old and have fished for walleyes with my dad since I was about 6-7. Plus, I worked in a tackle shop during high school and college so I know a little bit about walleye fishing... at least back in ND. I was wondering if you guys could list a few places that would be good to try that are somewhat close to Denver/Aurora. I would preferably like to chase bigger fish but just wetting a line every once in awhile would be nice. School keeps me really busy so I probably won't get out much, but if I have a free night it would be nice to try to catch some 'eyes.
I typed "walleye" in the search box and read through quite a few forum discussions from years past. Locations I came up with include Cherry Creek, Aurora, Chatfield, Pueblo, Carter, Boyd, Glendo, Big Mac, Horsetooth, Jackson, Bonny, Lonetree, Trinidad reservoir, sterling, etc... the problem is I don't know where most of these places are or what you need in regards to regulations to fish each location. Do I just need a fishing license to fish these locations or do I also need a park pass? I'm not used to much in terms of regs... back home in ND all you needed to fish pretty much anywhere in the state was a $10 fishing stamp. So if there are regs I should know about it would be nice if you could fill me in or post a link where I can read more about the regs.
I will only be fishing from shore so that is another thing to consider. I usually fished from a boat back home but I would occasionally cast cranks (floating rapalas, husky jerks, rogues, etc), pitch jigs, or use floating jigs from shore. Also, I did 90% of my fishing on the Missouri River/Lake Oahe. Most of the fish in the Missouri feed on smelt, shad, perch, crappie, etc... What do most of the walleye feed on in CO?
Any info would be appreciated. I talk to my buddies back home who fish every couple days and have been hammering the eyes. The Missouri River/Lake Oahe probably has the best walleye fishing of my lifetime right now, and here I am stuck in dental school in CO. It has been really good for about 4-5 years and I have been lucky to catch a lot of fish in years past, but right now the numbers in the system and size of fish is unbelievable... so if any of you are going to be traveling through ND, be sure to take your fishing stuff along. I can offer some advice if you need it