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I took my 20 month old son fishing today at the north Shields pond in Fort Collins, and I caught a clam, of all things. I must have bounced my jig into his mouth and it closed on the head. Strangest thing that has ever happened to me while fishing!!! It was big, too. About the size of my whole hand. Am I the only one to ever catch a clam like this??? It did keep me from getting skunked, though. I'll try to post a picture of it later. My internet connection is moving at the speed of molasses.
 

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This is just a reminder, a new regulation this year prohibits the use of mollusks caught in the waters to be used as bait.
I know you didnt use it as bait, since its a new regulation I thought I'd throw it in here.
 

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I've "caught" quite a few clams while fishing in Iowa. Usually would rip them open and toss them on a hook. They're great for channel cats..! But, like EPIC stated here in Colorado they're illegal..
 
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I wouldn't eat them either - I know of someone who landed in the hospital after eating a couple from Cherry Creek.
 

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I do quite a bit of diving in local waters and have seen beds of clam in Pueblo and lake McConaughy. Some of the clams are 5" to 6"long. In Nebraska there is a limit of 10 per person. I have never eaten any, or plan to, after reading Mr Ed's post. I will give them a try for catfish bait in Nebraska.
 
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I'm not sure if it is specific to Cherry Creek. The creek has a waste processing plant not that far up the inlet. The clams are a natural filter for the water so any seepage goes directly to the clams (the way it was explained to me).

I've seen the clams at Lake Mac - they can be very sharp on the feets! Not sure how they are to eat though.
 

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Mr Ed your right. I have a few buddies who work for Adams County Water and over at one of their ponds, you can catch these clams. They are used for filtering but once they clamp down on something, it is very hard to get them off.
 
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Clams?? Yeah there was this girl I met in the Philipinnes when I was in the Service and she gave me those things,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, wait that was something else,

nevermind.
 
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