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1st time there today. Hot damn, that water is clear. Got there around 07:15 and stayed til 09:00. Was hoping for the smallmouths (or even a friggin trout). Nada, zip, zilch, no f****** cigar! Oh well, I kinda saw it coming. It seemed more like duck hunting weather to me. I'm quite stoked about the contours of the lake. I'll have to take the boat on it on a warmer day. "Damn, I hate posting reports of the SKUNK."
 

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Dont feel bad im thinking of gettin a skunk tatoo on my back for my luck. Going to jackson tommorow morning prey for me man.
 

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Dont feel bad im thinking of gettin a skunk tatoo on my back for my luck. Going to jackson tommorow morning prey for me man.
I'm prayin, bud. Good luck out there. I'll probably wait til Wednesday which is my day off. I'm going to try Union for the whole F-ing day. If not there, then I'll go out to Jackson too. I'll definitely go to Jackson if you do well. I hope that's the case.
 

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1EyeRed,

You taking your boat? I might head out to Union on Wednesday if things work out. Taking the brown bomber. I need a wiper fix BAAADDDD...
 

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1EyeRed,

You taking your boat? I might head out to Union on Wednesday if things work out. Taking the brown bomber. I need a wiper fix BAAADDDD...
Hey, I'm thinking of goin there on Wednesday too. Dunno if I'll take the boat though. Maybe, maybe not. Brown Bomber.. If I see ya, I'll hollar. If you see me, feel free to hollar. Black Toyota Pickup with a light tan camper. Bring yourself some jigs, smaller sized Rat-L-Traps or something similar and maybe a pack of Gulp 3" minnows with EWG hooks. These three individual lure types all have their own very distinct presentations. If nada, then look to try worms, seafood and minnows. If all else fails. There's plenty of bars and liquor stores in Longmont..
 

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1eyered, my co-worker went out there two weeks ago and caught a pretty nice smallie....he said it was about 19 inches, 3 or 4 pounds, can't remember..
 

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1eyered, my co-worker went out there two weeks ago and caught a pretty nice smallie....he said it was about 19 inches, 3 or 4 pounds, can't remember..
Yep, that's what I was looking for.. Unfortunately, I picked a terrible day and time to go. The hills still had a layer of snow up there. I'll have to check it out again when I get the chance.
 

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The key to Arvada is to walk to the other side. If you want bass, the far side, where the dam starts, is a great place to fish from shore. Start where the rock hits the dirt, it pushes out onto a point. No one is aloud on the actual dam, so be careful. 2 weeks ago I landed 1 bass(about 18") on a tube. Landed about a dozen or so stocker trout. I started fishing the bottom fishing with eggs, once I found the depth/distance I changed over to a micro-egg pattern and absolutely started to hammer them on the fly rod. I was catching fish in very shallow water, oh maybe 20-30 feet from shore(very close). Hope this helps, Good Luck!!!
 

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POPE

Thanks!!

I was gonna walk to that other side, but the amount of mud on my shoes and the temperature gave me signs that I shouldn't. I'm fixin to go back there though. Like I said, I really like the contours of the lake. It seems like one that I could figure out pretty easily. I'm gonna take the boat out just to fart around with the "cheap" sonar which is still good enough to figure out bottom structure. The boat would be an easier way to reach the other side too. ;D

And more importantly, it'll provide me access to working the dam.
 

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Bingo, if you have a boat there is also a second point which is a must. If you are pointed north looking at where the dam and dirt meet,( on the other side) there is a big point to your left (just south, down the beach of the first point) that is great for the bass, and as temp. rises the tigers as well. Stay on that side of the lake and good luck!!!
 

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pope said:
Bingo, if you have a boat there is also a second point which is a must. If you are pointed north looking at where the dam and dirt meet,( on the other side) there is a big point to your left (just south, down the beach of the first point) that is great for the bass, and as temp. rises the tigers as well. Stay on that side of the lake and good luck!!!
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Thanks! Oh yeah, I totally forgot about the tigers... I just now remembered that this morning me and my two partners were like :eek: there's tiger muskies in here?!
 

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No gas motors even if they are sitting in the bottom of your boat. Know this from experience. When my dad adn i first went to Arvada, we took along a friends boat with a 15 horse. The rangers made us take the motor off before we could even enter. When we put it in the boat they told us that we had to have it away from the boat before we could go through. So we threw it in the bed of the truck. While we were fishing we saw them stop by our truck and get out. That is how paranoid they are about gas motors. But it is nice when you see the boat out in the lake but don't hear it. If you are hiking to the other side of the lake, be ready for a long walk.
 
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Hey I hear Smith Reservior off of Wadsworth and Jewell IS a Killer smallmouth lake I've heard rumors of state record fish being netted by the DOW. I dunno the only thing I have ever caught is small largemouths?
 
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