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Fished Chatfield from 530 till 830 tonight. 

Weather=Beautiful
Water Temp=65-71 degrees (warmest closest to shore and in no wake area
Clarity= could see lure 4 feet deep
Area Fished=west shore from Massey Draw to flooded brush and trees south of swim beach

Species Caught=Rainbow 1
                           Smallmouth 1
                           Walleye 1

Rainbow caught just south of swimbeach in 10 feet of water on crawler trolled 3-4 feet deep

Bass on edge of the brush about 200 yards south of swimbeach on a chartreuse and yellow rattling plug (first cast)
Walleye on Shad Rap trolled in 8-10 feet of water straight due east of where I caught the smallie.

Lots and I mean lots of boats on the lake,  very rough outside the no wake area, when we left there were still at least 50 boats on the water.  Including water skiers.  (I think they have a death wish, it was dark enough to require navigation lights but they were still skiing?  would be very easy to not see one down in the water) If you plan on fishing Chatfield this weekend say your prayers first!


Boats still coming on the water when we left but not as many as were leaving. 
All in all a great night fishing, 

My 17.99999999 inche walleye.

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Dan
 

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Nice post and nice fish Dan.

I spent the last couple of evenings bank fishing Chatfield. Hit the spillway for a couple of the small walleyes coming out of the spillway.

Tuesday evinging at the beach, couple of bites none landed, and Wednesday fished off the banks east side and not a single bite.

I thought about heading out tonight to try some catfishing, but started mowing the lawn and tending to chores, and never made it.

I'll be bankfishing for the next two weeks, as I need to get the boat prepped for the Powell run in two weeks. It sounds like you've fished Chatfield a ton; any recommendations on your choice of best area to bank fish, possibly for cats. I think I may head out tomorrow night and give it a go.

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thanks pete,

the only cats I have ever caught at Chatfield has been in the Kingfisher area. I don't know how good that would be since that section was separated from the main lake most of last year. But I have caught them at the very southwest corner, on crawlers, walk north along the west bank about 50 yards your you will be casting right over a ton of snags. The other place that I hear is good for cats is the plum creek area especially at night. But I have never caught any there.

Hope this helps, have a good time at Powell.

Dan
 

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Thanks Dan. I like fishing, and love catching, but if I don't do either, being outdoors is just as good. I may give it a go.

Pete
 

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Nice one Dan...i really enjoy pics that guys send in accompanying thier latest fishing reports...makes work seem not quite so bad when at least you can look at fish and read about people getting out...
 

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Mr. Plow,

I've never had 30 walleyes a day, but have had several keepers; funny how life works.

I've lucked into them, by fishing deep running crank baits while plowing right along the lake bottom, and mostly in in the deeper cenner section of the lake, shallow to deep drops.

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Mr Plow in 2 years of fishing from a boat at Chatfield, I have had only 1 keeper.  Other than persistance I am not sure what the key is to getting the bigger fish. 

Last year this time, if I recall properly, the walleye where hitting hard, this year they seem to be a bit slower.  I don't know why,  maybe there are tons of small bait fish in the water with all the flooded brush.  Weed growth seems to be greater than it did last year also.  Then you toss in the a full reservoir, giving area and places for them to hide. 

Chatfield can be a tough lake to fish,  and this year it seems a little tougher.  I am hoping that all the flooded brush will lead to great recruitment of all species and make the next couple of years banner years for fishing.

But I definitely side tracked,  persistance Mr. Plow persistance is the only advice I have at this point.  If I figure it out I will let you all know!

Dan
 
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