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Due to the super low snow pack statewide Denver water has filled Dillon up to the Brim, the other day it got up to like 101% of full. The high water this year changed the game quite a bit. Water temps are still down in the high 40's which is good, but the browns aren't up on the structured shorlines like they normally are this time of year. Instead, Im finding them out in the middle of the bays roving the flats. This has caused it to be more of a trolling bite vs, being able to cast cranks and jigs at the rocks which is alot of fun. The streamer fishing has also been real slow to, which kinda sucks because that's also alot of fun, normally real productive, and what I like to do when i actually get the chance to fish at Dillon. The game has also changed this spring because the wind has been heavily, and constantly coming out of the south when normally, like 90% of the time, winds come from the north west. Most of my favorite spots get jacked when the wind comes form the south, and aside from that, the south winds always seem to slow the bite down and i really have no idea why.
But I can't complain to bad, we've been getting a fair amount of 16 to 20 inchers, with a few in the 20 to 24 inch range by adapting to the conditions. Yesterday my customer picked up a 28 incher which was the second biggest one Ive ever seen in a boat, or on the ice at Lake Dillon. This fish was a beautiful representation of the species and in pristine condition. He was mad as hell and I don't think ive ever seen a brown fight like this one did, my customer did a great job for someone who rarely fishes. The fish stayed down at first ripping drag while the boat was still in forward motion. The wind was blowing 20 mph, so i had keep the boat in gear the whole time to keep us from spinning like a top. After i got the boat slowed down and turned more broadside to the fish, he took a couple runs. Once it got close to the boat he did the typical brown trout rolling and thrashing on the surface for what seemed like several minutes before I could get it in the net.
20lb Power Pro braid, 10 pound Berkley Solutions mono leader, 7 foot medium light Eagle Claw walleye rod, size 30 Wright and Mcgill Sebalos reel. Free line trolling brown trout crack at 2.5 mph in 15 f.o.w.


 

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Used to fish Dillon in the late 70's early 80's from shore near Ten Mile inlet..
We'd wait till the sun went behind the hills and all hell would break loose with some really NICE Browns hitting Our Rapala's.
Never got a BIG one like THAT one, however...
NICE FISH !!
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. Here's a bunch more from this spring.


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Damn, those are some beautiful Browns. I fished Dillon for the first time a few weekends ago from shore. Only fished for about an hour with my wife (we were not up there to fish), but I caught my first Artic Char and she caught two bows. Sure is a pretty reservoir. I would love to go back with a boat and try to get into some of the larger Browns. Artic Char are also a really cool species to catch in Colorado.
 

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Looks like a lot of happy clients. Nice fish. It's a shame there isn't enough forage in Dillon to really let those fish fill out.
 

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That's a fact hobbie. Right now the lakes on kind of an artificial brownbyrout rebound with the stocking of 2 to 3 hundred thousand fingerlings a year. Good thing is, 1 out of about 4 small char that we catch has brown trout teeth Mark's on them where you'll rarely see a kokanee with slash marks.. I've got several browns with char tails sticking out if there mouths. Gill nets, and my observations show increases every year in numbers of fish over 15" and more fish with fair to good body condition showing up. Its gonna be interesting to see where things go from here.

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Damn, those are some beautiful Browns. I fished Dillon for the first time a few weekends ago from shore. Only fished for about an hour with my wife (we were not up there to fish), but I caught my first Artic Char and she caught two bows. Sure is a pretty reservoir. I would love to go back with a boat and try to get into some of the larger Browns. Artic Char are also a really cool species to catch in Colorado.
That's great you got a couple from shore. The majority of shore anglers at Dillon get the goose egg. That's changing though with some changes Ewert has made the timing and locations of stocking rainbows.

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Rainbows and char are expensive forage fish. Not certain what other options would be available though.
Theres a ton of options, but fingerling rainbows are by far the cheapest.
The investment has been made and complete on char. No more char fingerlings being stocked, but they are doing really well on natural reproduction so we do have a self sustaining forage for the browns with the juvinile char.

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