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Good evening to all those reading this forum.

So here is my story, I moved here the other year from Minnesota and love to fish.

What I am looking for is some starter information on fishing Chatfield, or the nearby ponds/lakes, since I live near the reservoir. Any information is appreciated from anyone taking a minute or two to respond. If you don't want to post it, feel free to send a pm.

Let's be clear here, I don't want anyone's secret spot or any of that junk, I will find my own secret locations by myself. I just would like some information on a starting point or general location, types of lures that I should go purchase (its going to be an expensive weekend in the sporting goods department, ha), etc.

Some information for me is that I would be a shore fisherman for now (hopefully a boat in the near future ;)), and I would be targeting whatever really wants to bite, but trying to catch some walleyes for the frying pan, nummy.

So far the only thing I really know is that some folks fish near the dam, and now that it is fall the fish should be starting to put on the feed bag.

Overall, any information is really appreciated just to get me started. Thanks a bunch and I will post some of my fishing reports, pending I catch anything, haha.

Good luck and tight lines.

p.s. Any information on special regulations or places to stay out of would also be appreciated, since who really wants to deal with the authorities.
 

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Chatfield will provide some very nice days fishing with numerous species of fish and it can also be quite tough especially from shore. Honestly I have caught fish all over the lake from shore, there is not a shortage of fish but finding hungry fish is another story. As far as baits go these are my top 5 for Chatty from shore which you may want to consider keeping on hand:

1. 2 1/2" or 3" tube jig fished with a slow retrieve and pops(try to stay just on top of the rocks), don't use too much weight.
2. Shad Rap - most colors will work but some work better than others
3. Minnows fished under a slip bobber off the rip rap
4. Leeches on the bottom
5. Swim baits or curly tails tossed horizontal to shore

I would have to agree that spring is probably the best time but ice fishing is good out there too. I will not fish it in the summer due to boat traffic but there are ponds on the south side of the lake and across c-470 which all hold fish of different varieties and have relatively low fishing traffic the farther you are willing to walk.
 

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The river above Chatty is almost no flow right now, but once they start letting water down again it can be good. If you walk in from the Audubon center parking off Waterton road, the river and ponds there can be totally deserted when the park is a zoo.

JW
 

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Try just to the west of the south dock with some powerbait. Occasionally I will sit out there with a couple of rods in the water, drinking beers and catching crawdads.
Growing up a flyfisherman, I should call this sacrilege, but after a wife and kids, any chance at any type of fishing is a good thing.
Definitely a good strategy for a half day of "lazy" fishing, and I don't think I've ever been skunked using this method. Almost guaranteed to hook a few lazy lake bows just off the pier.
 

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I have been rigging a 24 ft SeaArk for the Mississippi river and decided to bring the boat up to Chatfield reservoir for a week or two and do some trout,catfish,and walleye fishing.I called the marina to find out what type of catfish is in the lake.The girl I spoke with was very nice and tried to help me but she really didn't know what type catfish was in the lake.She gave me a phone number that belonged to the manager of the marina.I called him to get further info on the facilities and the fishing.The guy answered and I explained I was trying to get some info for a trip to Chatfield Reservoir .The man was so very rude and yelled this is my private line and don't call me on it and hung up on me.I was dumbfounded that he could be so rude to someone coming to spend a good amount of money at his marina.I have cancelled going there and will find another place that they know how to treat potential customers.Beware of the manager of the marina at Chatfield Reservior.
 

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Try Sloans Lake instead of Chatty!!! :thumb:
 

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I just had a great day fishing the ponds at Chatty. I usually fish the lake shore but haven't had much luck lately. I was using some tube jigs and caught two really nice bass. Might be a good starting point.
 

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Really don't think he can launch his 24' Mississippi River mussel trap at the ponds!!! :biggrin1:
 
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