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Old 04-24-2012, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Moved to CO from ND... want to do some walleye fishing!

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
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i can welcome you to the forum but i am in pueblo, about 145 miles south of you. i can tell you that you will need a licence that you can pick up at any wall mart, sporting goods or bait store. they will also have a reg book, you sometimes have to ask for it. glendo is in Wyo. big mac is in Neb. bonny is dry now, t-dad is 14 miles from NM. i am sure someone from the metro den will tell you about the close ones
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dental school can wait.
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The eye fishing here isn't anything compared to there. You might want to consider trout fishing.

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Old 04-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A $10 fishing stamp let you fish pretty much anywhere in the state?

Man, are you in for a rude awakening!!!!!

Anyway, Pueblo has some of the best walleye fishing in the state but without a boat its a tough lake to fish. C'mon Byron, step up to the plate and offer to be his guide for a day.

After the walleye T of course.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The eye fishing here isn't anything compared to there. You might want to consider trout fishing.

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You won't find the abundance of walleyes you had in ND here, but there are good ones to be caught if you are willing to work for them. Try Chatfield and Cherry Creek (I've had more luck at Chatfield than Cherry Creek). You are going to need a park pass to fish both of those lakes. There are other lakes where you don't need a park pass. It sounds like you are an experienced fisherman and walleyes are going to be walleyes as far as I can tell from fishing a couple of states next to CO.

A nice fish from a CO lake and personal best walleye for another person who grew in ND like you:

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Old 04-28-2012, 12:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks for the help... I think it's kind of funny how protective some of you guys are about which lakes are home to walleyes.  However, I can understand since in CO it's primarily lake fishing and most of the lakes aren't very big.  Back home in ND there are small lakes with walleyes too, but the missouri, devils lake, sakakawea are no secrets and it's pretty easy to catch fish.  Plus, they are big enough to where you can easily get away from people and still catch nice fish in numbers.
I hate fishing next to people, whether it be from a boat or from shore.  So I'm usually the guy that will venture around and try to find my own spots.  Sounds like that may be tougher to do here than back home... anyways, good luck to everyone.  I hope you all are lucky enough to catch a 10 lb eye if you haven't caught one yet (like me)!  I've been close but nothing over 10 yet 
I did purchase a fly rod and some gear before I moved down here... but I don't know how to use it and don't really have the time to learn.  Might end up selling it.
I'm thinkin it would be cheaper and easier to just fly home for a weekend and get my fishing fix back in ND... 
I was going to post some pics from this year through the ice and spring fishing but they were too big and i didn't feel like resizing them...
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