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My brother were at Jefferson yesterday fishing from the inlet. We caught 14 or so rainbows varying in size from 8" - 17" (we kept 3 for eating). Around 11:30 we started trolling for macs with no success. Not one bite. Oh well.

It was a great day at a beautiful lake.
 
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good report i was the guy that took my boat out right after you caught two small macks and one stocker rainbow. jefferson was much better fishing last year.
 

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Were you the gentleman that we talked to right after landing the boats? If so, nice talking to you!

I've been to Jefferson 3 times this year with varying success. Catching the stockers gets old after a while so we tried for the big macs. We've pulled some smaller ones out (17"-19") on other trips, but got skunked on this trip.

The macs are what appeal to me at Jefferson, but then again, the scenery can't be beat either!
 
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yep that ws me also nice talking to you guys, jefferson is my favorite lake in colorado when i die i told my wife to feed the fish with my ashes, i hope that doesnt mess up the fish! winter when there are much fewer people around is my favorite time there. been ice fishing a few times all by myself.
 

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I've never ahd a chance to fish Jefferson but always hear good things about it. I also hear that it gets heavy fishing pressure on weekends and get's crowded. Is this your experience?

By the way, sounds like you had an excellent day.
 
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jefferson gets enormouse pressure on weekends but its pretty much from the worm dunker shore fisherman crowd. its not too bad from a boat especially if you get there early and leave early.
 

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yes avoid the shore. those people dont care about anything
 

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hey left turm if you need someone to show it to i would be glad to
 
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lurp said:
jefferson gets enormouse pressure on weekends but its pretty much from the worm dunker shore fisherman  crowd. its not too bad from a boat especially if you get there early and leave early.
Hey lurp-

What's the road in there like? I've got a 20' glass boat and wonder whether I could get it up there without beating everything up? Is there a regular concrete ramp? Thanks.
 

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while i agree that most shorefisherman dont respect the outdoors. there are plenty of shore fisherman that cannot afford a boat and do respect the outdoors. i believe that some of the more accomplished fisherman on this site fish from shore. that does not inclued me i have a hard enough time catching a cold let alone a fish lol.
 

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cool send me a me a message. i would love it
 
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don the road isnt too bad except for some pot holes in the paved section on the last mile. the boat ramp is a small concrete ramp one boat at a time. didnt mean to offend shore fisherman just wanted to state there are alot of them there. if i fished from shore jefferson would not be my place of choice for that reason alone.
 

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There is definately a lot of fishing pressure from the shore fishers around the boat ramp and dam. Anyone that wants to shore fish on Jefferson I highly recommend making the hike to the inlet. Why? One, there are almost no shore fishers there, so no crowds. Two, lots of fish.

The boat ramp at Jefferson is small so keep this in mind if you have a bigger boat. It's also pretty shallow with many rocks on the sides of it. Avoiding scrapes and dings on your boat can be a daunting task.
 

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is there a trail to the inlet? which way is it from the boat ramp
 

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It is straight accross the lake from the boat ramp. You get to choose, take a left or right and walk to the other side. As for me, i am taking my sister there on sunday and we are going to put the canoe in the water and shoot straight accross with the trolling motor. My guess, its about 3/4 mile either way you go, but i would recommend taking a right at the boat ramp and walking that way.
 
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