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I called denver water and they told me no opening this year.Maybe next year,maybe not.I can tell you from personal experience that there used to be huge fish of all kinds in there.My bud ralf has a 11 lb brown on the wall from there.I've caught 20" smallys there.A 27" splake!You dont need a boat,the lake is so deep that most fish are near the shoreline.Cant wait till it opens.
 

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I must disagree with allowing boats on cheeseman. The place is a fishing oasis away from the noise and stink and crowding of most of todays lakes!Except for the area near the main parking lot,the other 85% of the shoreline requires a substantial hike.One can go there on a saturday or sunday and be virtually alone.If theyre willing to hike a little. Now if they just open it,Ill be happy! NO BOATS!!
 

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Ive fished the south platte inlet several times in the fall,caught many bos to 22" and lakers to 30" but only small browns.Most all our browns have been caught mid-lake on down to the dam. They seem to like the deep water.I have fished that place maybe 150 times!For years it was my secret honey-hole.I'm not afraid to publish that fact cause most people are scared of the walk.
 

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If the lake is closed theres not much sense cause then you can only fish legally in the river above Cheese.And once you get down there,the temptation to fish downstream into the reservoir will be too much and we WILL be tresspassing.On the other hand,that doesnt sound too bad!All those fish to ourselves!Its a long ways off-we'll talk.
 

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How far of a hike was it to the inlet tried it once from some 4-wheel roads but got lost and ended up at the lake.
Theres 2 ways to the south platte inlet.Both require a 4 or 5 mile hike.You can go down FR360 from Westcreek and then down to the gate on Turkey creek.Walk through the gate and follow the road to the right.It goes up and down and all around.Just keep truckin and youll get there.The other way is pretty much requires a dirt bike and then hiking.You stay on FR360 till you come to a well-used dirt road. Go right and follow this road (it gets REAL bad!) till the sign says stop.You used to be able to go all the way to the river,but they closed it about 10 years ago.Anyway,once you get to the river its a good 4 miles down to the lake.With all that said,the Hayman fire charred everything so who knows?
 

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We used to wonder about that so we arrive at the parking lot when its still very dark,Then all you do is walk across the dam!Prolly did it 60 times never got caught.You must walk below the dam on the way back,but what the hey!
 
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