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Went to Boulder Reservoir 1st. Caught a cold and a 1 lb catfish. Fished from shore. No walleye action. No trout action and not even carp.

Then came Barbour Ponds (St. Vrain State Park). They recently stocked the ponds and Sandpiper Pond (Pond# 1) was like fishing for bluegills. The put & take trout were hungry and hitting rooster tails and small kastmasters like champs. We caught a few holdovers too from the previous season which were way more colorful and put up better fights.

Here's something interesting. My lady was using a kastmaster and hooked into something big. She's a novice fisherlady who hasn't yet tuned in on her "fightin" skills. She's used to catching small fish and reeling them up like a high speed electric winch.

Anyway, her drag was screaming. I was the one who set the drag so I know that it had to be a heavy fish. I barely even set it cause I thought we wouldn't catch anything big. When I heard that drag, I turned to her and asked, "are you stuck? Are you snagged?"

"It's moving!" she replied.

I said, "take it easy and put a little more bend in your rod."

She didn't. She kept her rod pointing straight out at only a slight angle reeling as fast as she could while the fish was heading the opposite direction. I ran to help her, but by the time I got near her it was over. The kastmaster must have torn of the fish's lip. It shot out of the water nearly giving me a new piercing. The boil at the fish made was an impressive one. I couldn't tell if it was a large trout, or a bass or a carp! For all we know, it could have been a muskrat. Anyhow, she's was a good sport about it. After that she kept fishing until she limited.


St. Vrain Ponds (Barbour Ponds): recently stocked!!...... Yesterday, according to the park office.
 

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Went to Boulder Reservoir 1st. Caught a cold and a 1 lb catfish.
what did you use to catch the cold? The way my spring has been going it would probably be easier for me to catch a cold than a fish.

Dan
 

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I used a cigarette and a lightweight jacket. Sniffling snot like a 3 yr old. Haha.....
 

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I fished in longmont at some other ponds until about 3:00, then had lunch. Got to Barbor just as the weather got bad. I had my wife w/ me and had pretty good luck at 1st place. So I only fished for 15 minutes tops. Caught one (stocker rainbow) off power-bait and another off a Super Duper (gold). Everyone was catching. It was starting to rain, so saw everyone pulling in stringers. All full. Is it that crowded all summer?  :(  Oh, I read  (in F&H) that starting in april they will begain work on turning Barbor (St. Vrain) into alot bigger park. From a 66 acre, 4 pond park, to a 1,400 acre, 20+ pond park!  8)
 

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james said:
Oh, I read  (in F&H) that starting in april they will begain work on turning Barbor (St. Vrain) into alot bigger park. From a 66 acre, 4 pond park, to a 1,400 acre, 20+ pond park!  8)
Looks like it. They're digging ponds all over the place. Some of them are already full of water. I hope they stock a sh*tload of brooder fish. Wouldn't that be nice!?!

Or maybe some put and take warmwater holes!!! Ha... Imagine that!
 

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Took my little cousin to St. Vrain today. Got quite crowded around noon. Many stockers caught and thrown back, but nevermind that..... We caught a crappie! On a friggin Roostertail! About a good 9 inches.

My uncle is probably pickin his teeth with the bones by now.
 

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Has anyone done good for cats at barbour? I was told by someone at the little tackle shop that used to be right at the exit off I-25 by the ponds, that catfishing was excellent. So I went and threw liver, shrimp and crawlers all night and caught nothing. I figured if he said it was good, and I stayed out all night in a small pond, something would have to eventually come along and take it, but zero nada. ???
 

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I figured if he said it was good, and I stayed out all night in a small pond, something would have to eventually come along and take it, but zero nada. ???
Someone once told me that the catfishing happens at the biggest pond. You know, the one closest to the St. Vrain in the back.
 

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1eyeReD said:
StillwaterFreak said:
I figured if he said it was good, and I stayed out all night in a small pond, something would have to eventually come along and take it, but zero nada. ???
Someone once told me that the catfishing happens at the biggest pond. You know, the one closest to the St. Vrain in the back.
Yep, that's the one I was at! ???
 

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stuccoman01 said:
Last spring we were at the big pond and found 25 lb cat dead.
That's heartbreaking.
 

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hey 1eyered, what's the best pond for crappie?
I'll have to talk to you on that one. Trade some info or something. Check your messages.
 

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we go to st vrain alot...and my husband caught a carp...they are easy to catch there...we dont like car but its fun to see if u can reall those big suckers in...and the of course let them go...my husband also caught a almost 3 foot cap at some little lake in arvada...i think it was lake arbor??? like off of 80th and sheridan on the east side of sheridan...anyways good to hear of some action at st vrain we were planning on going there this weekend!!! :-*
 
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