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03-27-2006 09:43 AM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

I've fished for walleyes a lot , mostly in South Dakota. It's hard not to want to get out there and start fishing early in the year. I started early last year and was skunked many times. I believe you can catch them early in the Spring with a lot of hard work but if you can wait for the water to warm up, 54 to 58 then you can catch them all over the lake. Water Temp is the key to easy Walleye fishing.

03-25-2006 06:56 PM
Mr. Ed
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Just pulled out my last Walleye fillets. They happened to be from Chatfield - FYI the date on them is 6/24/05.

IMO - if it's anything like last year, it's still too early!
03-25-2006 12:08 PM
laker taker
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Still early in the year IMO. Fish can be caught but they're hard to come by. I do better starting in April through May. Stay with it, if you hit it just right, Chatfield can put out awesome number days. My. experience has been,, early (now), few fish but big, Late spring through early summer, smaller fish but numbers.
03-25-2006 10:37 AM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Originally Posted by larryT
i am not goin to takin personal shots at you (slayer*****)

so u can cut your lil highschool act.
LoL, Good call bro!

[me=Jay_In_Parker] [/me]
03-24-2006 05:36 PM
Mr. Ed
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

My experience is both Chatfield and Cherry Creek are tough to fish. With relation to Chatfield, it took me at least two years before I caught anything out of the main lake (and I've only caught one undersized smallmouth out of the ponds). CaptHook kept giving me a hard time and giving me suggestions and last year, I had three out of four successful days (all with legal sized walleye) and this year I'm one for one (with only one rainbow).

Last year I had 1 out of four succesfull days at Cherry Creek and I am 0 for 1 this year so far.

I don't want to get you frustrated but last Saturday afternoon, Terry Wickstrom had a show on Altitude where they were pulling smallies out left and right. He was using a dark pumpkin colored jig and it was either early spring or late fall. I also know of people who have mastered the lake - I think Dentry had an article about this and one of the pros a couple of years ago. The fish are there, it just takes time and patience to get to the point where you master your technique and get lucky enough to fool a fish. It's definately a challenge.

Sterling is the same way for me. I love fishing the lake - I love the layout, I love the lack of crazy people, and I know there are huge fish in that lake. I cuss at the mosquitos, and I cuss at the heat of the summer but I've seen the results. I can be more successful going elsewhere but then, where is the challenge in that!

Sounds like you are trying the right "patterns". Trying doing the basic stuff (I'm sure you've tried but it's worth reminding)...vary your retrieve speed on your lures, keep moving around, etc., etc. You'll get it with time. One thing

As a general comment, I've seen a lot of anglers here in Colorado (and I know I'll get criticized for this) use way too heavy of tackle. You don't need 12 pound test to land a walleye or a trout. For catfishing, it's OK to use heavier line because the fish aren't sensitive to it. Otherwise, weigh the conditions to it. If you're not fishing heavy cover, don't be afraid to use a lighter line (like 4 or 6lb test) especially in waters that get a lot of pressure. This also takes practice - you need to learn how to do this so you don't play a fish to exhaustion and at the same time, you don't break the line. I've learned how to fish with lighter tackle, and I've been rewarded for it through more fish landed (and successfully released). If you aren't comfortable with the technique, try using something like Spiderwire (be careful not to cut yourself and take some clippers with you if you do).

I will be hitting one of the two this weekend as well as Jackson.
03-24-2006 05:08 PM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Hey Hey Hey, fellas....

C'mon guys, settle down. Don't want the principle to hear about this do we? larryT, I'm sure Slayerfish was just kidding. But at the same time, SLAYERFISH, be nice young man.*

Haha, let us please not cuss on the forum for there may be some younger anglers out there who look up to us that are reading this stuff. I'll have to admit I've been moderated before on my language and it just makes sense that we should watch our mouths.. Err.... Typing fingers.... Typing(?)

As for larryT's question.. I'd like to just join in on him and ask the same thing. I rarely ever catch anything out of Chatfield. The fish are hard to pattern and time. I've caught a few football trout out of there on the west side by the picnic areas and last year, a few small walleye from the outlet. Still nothing was consistent, I still feel as those fish were only caught on luck. Even the small smallmouths don't like me. What gives? Both james and Fishing_Fiend gave some really good suggestions. I too move around quite a bit, but never really ever took the time to take advantage of using both rods simultaneously as james suggested. I would recommend that, too... I as well need to try that more often at Chatfield. Good luck to all out there fellow anglers and tight lines.


03-24-2006 04:38 PM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Originally Posted by larryT
i am not goin to takin personal shots at you (slayer*****)

so u can cut your lil highschool act.
i'm sure it REALLY hurts slayerfish's feelings. he doesn't seem to be having a problem catching fish lately.
03-24-2006 04:34 PM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

I don't know.* Jumping around is usually the thing to do at Chatfield when nothing is hitting.* When the fish aren't one place, they usually are the other.* I have gone out to Chatfield several times this year already.* Ive done some "sticking" to one spot on some occasion.* It did offer me a strike, but only 1.*

Chatfield is hard to read sometimes.* Time of day, location and offering are all a very specific science out there.* ( it is in most places, but Chatfield is especially detailed.) I say if you have spent a few hours in your favorite spot, and it isn't producing, time to change it up a little.* New time, new bait, and of course maybe a new location.* Other times it may take sticking to the one spot, the time will change itself and magically the fish will find you.** Fishing Chatfield is about as consistant as Colorado's weather.

The presentation and spot will vary as everything else does.
03-24-2006 04:20 PM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield


maybe i am jumping around to much.
03-24-2006 04:17 PM
Re: what's the deal with chatfield

Last year I did not start catching fish to my satisfaction until early April
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