Re: another new guy to Colorado
Hey. Glad to see another west sloper aboard. Rifle gap is a great place. It has yellow perch to 14", a few big walleye, a lot of nice northern pike, some nice rainbows, a few nice browns, some smallmouth, and the rare largemouth and crappie. Also, golden shiners are infesting the lake...if you get these, destroy them. C&R on walleye, keeping only the rare pike, throwing back big smallmouth and any browns, is in order. Go crazy on the perch and keep a limit of bows. Good spots are that island, the west end, and off the dam. The east inlet is okay for pike this time of year too, as is the west inlet. Trout also inhabit these areas.
Another good fishery is harvey gap reservoir. Big catfish, pike, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. Also small stocker bows, a bunch of stunted perch, small crappie, and some good sized bluegill that average a solid 8". Pike, largemouth, and smallmouth should be released. Limit for catfish is 2. Keep as many yellow perch as you want and keep a limit of crappie and/or bluegill if you want. also you can keep a limit of stocker trout. The forage are white suckers and carp.
The colorado river from grizzly creek to silt is excellent for trout. Find big pools, particularly sandbars for rainbows, and drift nightcrawlers, and you're in business. For browns, rocky runs are the ticket. The water is very muddy and unfishable now- I suggest waiting until july.
The white river about 1-1.5 hrs away is still fishing well above meeker. Big rainbows, browns, some cutts and brookies.
The yampa river has excellent trout in the higher reaches, and in the lower reaches monster northern pike and the biggest smallmouth in the state abound, as well as catfish. The pike and smallies should be released.
You have some great fishing around you!
I fish with a can, 12 lb test, a trebel hook and a ball of powerbait.
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I say if it catches fish throw it!