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Finally did it!! Caught a Mackinaw!! Once again, thanks to forum members who dished out some very good tips (You know who you are)

Got to Jefferson Lake between 4 and 4:30PM.

Went late as a "spur of the moment" thing as I cancelled the plan due to other plans... Well guess what? The other plans didn't pan out sooooo... GONE FISHIN!!

Trolled a brook trout colored large sized count down Rapala in I dunno how many ft of water (transducer/fishfinder may have just broke or something... It showed no depth, but it scrolls). Trolled from boat ramp all the way across to southern shoreline about 50 yds to 100 yds from shore and all the way back torwards the inlet. Nada. Put on a large thumbsized pearl white tube jig, tipped it with worm, tossed it in, let er' sink and them "thump?"...... Whack!! Reeled him up with toes crossed and sure enough it was..... A mackinaw!!. Lil guy was 16"

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Some will say "Man, that aint s***!" but this one's my 1st and that's always something special.

Anyways, my lady's bro and I kept fishin with the tubes and were getting lots of hits, but many misses. I managed to hook and reel up 4 more (I'm guestimating 2 of them were at 18" to 20") and all 4 of them spit the hook as they reached the surface :'( near the boat. But it's ok, 6 total fights with two completed.. I'm a happy camper. Landed 1 more small dinky one. My lady's bro had a few fish on too, but on the way torwards the boat they spit the hook. I believe the hook spittin was because Gander was short of the larger jig heads and the jig heads we had were kinda small for the jigs. Oh well, lesson learned.

They were hitting well especially if you put a larger chunk of worm on and all were hitting like within 10 to 25 yards from shore. Deep cold lil lake.. Kinda very breezy at times.. Lot's of snags.. Lot's of excitement and four lettered words.. 3 hrs of good fishin/exploration time.. Hell on the trailor goin up that dirt road and the paved-pot-holed-road. They all hit especially after bumping the bottom a few times.

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These two... Well.. I'm eating as we speak. Soaked them in Blue Moon beer overnight and threw em on the grill. Lots of butter, onions, cilantro, Mrs. Dash, salt & pepper and lime. My lunchbreak is good  ;D
 

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Nice job!! My first laker was about the same size.

WHere is Jeferson Lake it looks beautiful. Is there any camping?
From the Denver area, take HW 285 west until you get to the lil town of Jefferson. In Jefferson, there is a road that goes west towards the snowcaps. Take that road and you'll see signs telling you where Jefferson is. There's a bunch of campgrounds below the lake..... And a real nice looking stream which IMO should hold a bunch of brookies.
 

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Great Job 1eye!  A person always remembers their first fish of a species.  What I liked best was your measuring stick!   :D  Gives me great reference on the size.  Everyone should put something in their pics like that, no guess work on how long something is! But then again they don't make "pony" size in that brand do they?

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1eyered --- You always make it look too easy! Nice job man! You need your own fishing show.

Dan, I was gonna post some photos of fish next to 40s, but it made my fish look smaller  :(
 
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nice fishies, what happened to u not being a trout person? hehe, nice nice nice
 

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nice fish. My dad and bro both caught lakers there last year and i caught 3 rainbows on that trip. I am gonna make the trip this weekend or next to catch my first one as well. I'll have to say that lake is super deep. My fish finder said 120+ feet deep in the middle. Its like 40-60 ft deep like 30 feet from the shore. And rocks, holy cow, the bottom seems to be covered in huge rocks, especially on the west side. I have sat in the shallow part at the inlet and have had 40+ trout days there. I love the view, its sweet. Again nice fish, hope to catch my first mack there soon, then on to bigger and better.
 

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Now you've got the first one out of the way, but now you are addicted looking for the big daddy. I've been looking for 6 years and haven't got the big daddy. Hopefully it happens sooner for you than it has for me.
 

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Nice Job OneEye...maybe there is hope for me on catching a Mac...
 

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Rock and roll 1eye; baptism by Laker!

Those white or pearl tube jigs are deadly on Lakers. Bigbrown turned me on to going after Lakers through the ice this year with white tube jigs.
We use a little sucker meat on the end of the hook as opposed to worms, but HEY, looks like worms are the ticket as well!

I also learned that Lakers are some really good eatin fish... yes sir. Now that you got your feet wet, it's nothing but more Lakers in the pan going forward.

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Way to go bro! Just shows you need to take what anybody says with a grain of salt!Now youll be hunting the larger macs-itll become an obsession-
 

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great job!!! a friend took me to granby ice fishing for lakers and one guy walked off the ice with like a 36" fish. i have been hooked since. never caught any bigger than 22" though. still hunting
 

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I'll be happy just getting used to the dinks for now. Soon though, once I'm more competent of lake trout habits and behavior patterns, I'll go after the big boys. I'll be heading up there again soon for more trial and error.

Thanks for the encouragement, fellas/gals.
 

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Yeah there used to be alot of 3 footers in granby. But between the fishing contests and the slot limits taken off the macks they have been far and few between. Now the average seems to be around 16 to 20.
 

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Yeah there used to be alot of 3 footers in granby. But between the fishing contests and the slot limits taken off the macks they have been far and few between. Now the average seems to be around 16 to 20.
see the thread in general discussion "why are big lakers so scarce in CO now?"
 
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Nice fish !! I was up there myself on 6-01-05. First time there, beautiful place. Fished from 3:30 to 6:30 caught 1 mac (my first also) and 3 rainbow. Also fishe the beaver ponds on that stream on the way out and caught several brookies around 5-6 inches. I hope to get back up there next week with my canoe.
 
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