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Fished Joe Wright for about 2 hours in the mid afternoon. the grayling have moved up into the stream to spawn and are extremly easy to catch right now and since it was the first time I have ever caught grayling that really made my day. They are averaging around 10 inches and were taking about any fly put in the water though I caught most of mine on a beaded adams and kept 4 for dinner tonight. Man they are a georgous fish.
 

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Tell us what they taste like cause I threw all mine back that I caught while ice-fishing up there.Cool-
 

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Joe Wright Reservoir is located just east of Cameron Pass just off Highway 14.
 

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Past the Chambers Lake campground then its on the left.
 

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Exactly. The stream is closed till the end of july. They do that for a reason. Let those fish spawn and then knockem dead later. ;)
 

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GOOD CATCH! And like the other guys said.. "Be careful!" It might be a mighty hefty ticket.

I've always considered making the trip up there to catch em for fun and pics. I still wonder "where else in Colorado do these fish occur?"
Another thing that I now wonder..... Do they even spawn successfully here in CO?


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Tell us what they taste like cause I threw all mine back that I caught while ice-fishing up there.Cool-
I 2nd that. Wouldn't mind adding something like that to my "I've eaten" list, but like HookNLine once said, "so many lakes, so little time."

Once again, nice catch..
1eyeReD
 

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Well I had them last night and they were a fairly tasty fish though I would discard the skin from them next time.
As far as the stream thing there were no signs posted and I didnt see anyhting inthe regualtions or on their little sign listing the regulations about fishing the stream though I wasnt even there I was actually at the inlet with a bunch of other peopel that began to look like one of those Alaska pictures.
As far as spawning yes they do succefully spawn too well in some spots even. Even furhter why would they try to protect them spawning when they are trying to reduce or eleminate them from Joe Wright though the use of large Lake trout and Tiger Musky. Right now they are still heavily stunted form over population so get off my back.
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Creek closure info is in the reg's, page 44.

Hasn't the DOW tried to establish a Cutt population in JW res. in the past? I suspect the closure was originally meant to protect the trout more than the grayling.
 

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I see the regulation now for Joe Wright Creek and have to admit its one of the most bizzare wordings I have seen in all other instances I could find of creek closures near a lake they include to 50 feet of the confluence of the creek but in this case it doesnt so by the literal reading of the rules I was still legal since I was fishing in the lake but had I moved 15 yards up stream I would have been breaking the law. As a further note all the places that I have fished with this regulation in place have had signs posted at the 50 foot mark and further up the stream as well and also at the entrance to the area along with other pertienent information which are all absent in this case.
As far as the Trout I am sure that what it was origianlly intended for but with the numbers of grayling here I can assure that no trout eggs were getting left. All 4 of the Grayling I cleaned were males with stomachs plumb full of eggs. Which I believe is a good deal of the reason the DOW is trying to reduce the number so of them here.
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Quick question:

How far is the drive to JW from lets say........ Longmont?  ;D
 

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There is an unusually colorful strain of rainbow trout in Joe Wright, which the DOW is trying to manage as a wild-reproducing strain as a wild brood stock. I think it is called the Emerald Lake rainbow trout. I believe that is the reason for the stream closure through July 31 - to allow the emerald lake rainbows to spawn. It's also the reason for the flies and artificial lures only reg, etc...
 
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