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I fished Boedecker for a little while last night. there was no moon, it seemed darker than normal...or perhaps my night vision is just failing me these days. it was very muddy on the shore from the dropping water levels and i didnt fish to far from the boat ramp, hence why i didnt catch anything i think. The water seemed fairly shallow where i was at...the next time i go out there i want to work the shore near the dam, perhaps even later...as it was i left too early i think, at around 2am. I plan on hitting it at about 3 am next time, as suggested by Catmann...if i can get myself up that early...
 

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Get up that early? just dont go to sleep! I know what you mean about it being dark yesturday, when I was driving to work I was like dang its very dark out here. Better luck next time, what you throwing as bait?
 

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Yeah, except id end up falling asleep right about the time the cats start biting lol

4 am is usually my "sleepy" hour...

I was using liver and crawlers for bait...the usual. id like to throw some live stuff, but it was too much effort to try to get anything...
 
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What's up Rottal.  Still trying for cats, huh?  Persistent will pay off, soon.  Have you try crawdads?  I think if all else fails, you might want to give cut bait or crawdads a try.

I found this info on Boedecker-  Can anyone confirm this?

Fish: Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, saugeye and yellow perch


you see how the crappie just jumps out at you........
 

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I found this info on Boedecker- Can anyone confirm this?

Fish: Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, saugeye and yellow perch
This information may be old. Boedecker almost dried up during the drought 2 years ago. It still holds catfish, but I don't think the other species have recovered yet. Someone who visits the lake oftener than I do might have more info on that.
 
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Thanks Walking Eagle.

I have this website saved on my favorites from a couple years ago. It's for almost all the lakes in Colorado(not up to date).



W.E.- sometimes it's hard for me to believe you, because you are full of sh*t.




JK- You are a reliable resource.
 

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Thanks Walking Eagle.

I have this website saved on my favorites from a couple years ago. It's for almost all the lakes in Colorado(not up to date).

W.E.- sometimes it's hard for me to believe you, because you are full of sh*t.
My wife is part Sioux Indian, and she still believes in some of the old ways. She says if you really want to catch crappies, you have to paint a picture of a crappie on a rock or tree, then dance and sing around it, and appeal to the universal spirit shared by all crappies, to come to your bait.

I'm sure I don't understand why you think I am full of sh*t.


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Rottal, The cats are prolific in that lake. The only place I have never caught them is at the boat ramp (sorry!). I have caught small ones at the dam but nothing big. I usually fish the north shore starting about 500 yds west of the boat ramp all the way over to the west end. I usually fish two hooks for what I call my one-two combination. When I fish cats I always take at least two classes of baits: Attractor and natural. Natural baits aren't very strong smelling, unless you leave them in the sun for a few days. And then you are losing the effect that fresh, natural baits offer, baits like waterdogs, bullheads, bluegill, sunfish,ect, ect. A natural bait is anything alive. Attractor baits are baits that stink. Plainly put. I put one attractor bait on my top hook, and one natural on the bottom. Gotta give the cats every opportunity to know that bait is there. Give this a try and see if it helps. Natural bait doesn't have to be alive. It just has to be FRESH!
 
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P.S. Rottal Catfishing is a night time affair. While cats get caught during the day, the majority like to feed at night. The only exception to this rule is during wi nter time. Then they feed when the water is at its warmest. Generally speaking there are two peak periods for catfish feeding: From 10:00 pm to 2:00am and again from 4:00am until 9:00am. Peak times here are 12:00 +/- and 6:30am +/-. Don't forget: fresh live or fresh cut bait is the answer. And throw on some blood bait for good measure.

An empty hook is a hook with promise!
 

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Rottal, The cats are prolific in that lake.  The only place I have never caught them is at the boat ramp (sorry!).  I have caught small ones at the dam but nothing big.  I usually fish the north shore starting about 500 yds west of the boat ramp all the way over to the west end.  I usually fish two hooks for what I call my one-two combination.  When I fish cats I always take at least two classes of baits:  Attractor and natural.  Natural baits aren't very strong smelling, unless you leave them in the sun for a few days.  And then you are losing the effect that fresh, natural baits offer, baits like waterdogs, bullheads, bluegill, sunfish,ect, ect.  A natural bait is anything alive.  Attractor baits are baits that stink.  Plainly put.  I put one attractor bait on my top hook, and one natural on the bottom.  Gotta give the cats every opportunity to know that bait is there.  Give this a try and see if it helps.  Natural bait doesn't have to be alive.  It just has to be FRESH!
That figures, i was in the wrong spot. my fishing times usually are from sundown to about 2 or 3 am, perhaps ill stick it out longer next time and fish the early morning hours. i rarely, if ever, have catfished during the day. i think ill try either there or Lonetree this saturday night, perhaps my luck will be better...ill try some of your tips, i just dont know if i can get any live bait to use...but i will try some fresh cut bait at least...and perhaps the dual hook rig, that sounds like a good plan.
 
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Rottal,
I don't know if you are local or not, but Bennett's in Berthoud sells fresh bait. They have waterdogs, frozen shad sides, shiners, chubs, leeches, and crawlers. TRy them for your bait needs. Also, I get all my fresh live bait from Banner Lakes east of HUdson, and Golden POnds on 3rd Ave in Longmont. Fish any place on Banner lakes with worms and the platform at Golden Ponds with worms also. I usually get a five gallon bucket full whenever i go. (5 gallon bucket= 3 gallon water, 2gallon fish)
 
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you might want to look into the limits on bluegill if you have more then the limit in posession you might get in some trouble ......
 
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LImit is twenty. I have personally gone to the division of wildlife headquarters in Ft. Collins to ask what fish I can use for bait and they said bullheads and blugills were okay if I followed the limits. They said if 20 is the limit and I have twenty in my bucket and one on my line then I can be fined. So twenty is the limit for bullheads and blugill.
 
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I'll tell you the AVERAGE size I use because you wouldn't believe the BIGGEST I use. Generally they are 3 to 6 or 7 inches for average sized catfish, i.e. 10-15 pounds. 15 to 30 lbs I use 8 inch gills, and over 30 I switch from gills to 2 or 3 lb carp.
 

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id like to have a place to catch a batch of 8" gills thats big enough to eat rather than use for bait
 

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thanks.

dont supose you got the scoop on something a little farther south?
 
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Adams County fairgrounds have some nice ones. A little smaller. 6-8 inches, but if you catch your limit then they make a good fry!
 
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