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Went to Pella today, fished from about 5-8pm. I was throwing a a white jig , no takers, but saw many bass cruising the shallows. In the meantime my girlfriend caught about 20 bluegills, the biggest of which was probably 6-7in. Finally I caught a lil largemoth on a tan repala. I need to figure out what the largemouths want, because the lake looks like its full of them.
 

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I've fished Pella a couple times in the last week. I've tried everything on the shallow bass--worms, tubes, soft-plastic jerkbaits, hard jerkbaits, topwater, spinnerbaits, etc. I haven't been able to figure out the bass. I think they're too occupied with spawning preparation to really go after lures right now.

I did well on the perch in Dragonfly pond though. I started catching them while fishing a platic worm for bass. I was having trouble hooking them with the worm, so I switched to smaller tube jigs and did pretty good. I caught about 4 or 5 in about 45 mins. I probably could have caught more if I were targeting them instead of bass. They were hitting well. Nice size, too. About 10-12 inches on average, and pretty fat.
 

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http://www.co.boulder.co.us/openspace/recreating/public_parks/pella_cross.htm notice only terminal tackle can be used, There is often a ranger out there to ensure compliance.

Hmm how to get there..
Go North on I-25 until you get to hwy 66 in longmont. Take hwy 66 West until you get to ( I call it Hygiene road. ) there is a stop light there and a small resturaunt on the right. Turn left ( South) go to the stop sign in Hygiene, continue forward, the ponds willl be on your left about 1/2 mile past the stopsign. The ponds are labeled and regs avail once you get there.
I tried to paste a map but it was too large,, Type Hygiene in a map search and it will help you as well.

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rob said:
Went to Pella today, fished from about 5-8pm. I was throwing a a white jig , no takers, but saw many bass cruising the shallows. In the meantime my girlfriend caught about 20 bluegills, the biggest of which was probably 6-7in. Finally I caught a lil largemoth on a tan repala. I need to figure out what the largemouths want, because the lake looks like its full of them.
You might want to try a bluegill type crank bait, and you really cant go wrong working a worm.
 

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I was there from about 6pm to 8pm yeserday (Wed. May 4). Fished from my float tube.
Started out with black/blue jig -- nothing. Crankbait -- nothing. Spinnerbait -- nothing. I had walked all around the lakes with the dogs the day before and saw lots of fish. As I drifted past the submerged trees in my tube, I could see them as well. Saw a guy catching a few from his float tube on a brown tube jig that he'd Carolina rigged.

After about 40 minutes of no action, I put on a 5" yum dinger worm, texas-rigged with no weight, and just lobbed it into the trees. Didn't move it, didn't twitch the rod, just let it sink. Line jumped, wham! A nice 2 lb. bass. Threw it back, same thing. I had a pattern now and just moved from one clump of submerged trees to the next and caught fish consistently. Ended up catching 8 fish (all in the 2-3lb. range) in about 80 minutes and lost 3 more in the trees. A guy from shore was fishing a texas-rigged worm and he was slaying them too -- I watched him catch fish on 3 consecutive casts. The good thing about those ponds is there's plenty of structure you can cast to even if you don't have a boat.

Key is to fish light, and fish slow -- in and around the submerged trees. If you use a worm weight, I'd peg it as the grass is getting pretty thick on the bottom now. Water temperature was about 53-55 degrees (sonar on the float tube is so cool ;) )
 

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try zooms 4 in cherry seed rubber worms for some reason the fish in pella in the big lake just love them fish them texas style also try tube jigs in the same color
 

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I'm starting to find the same thing, these clear, high pressured ponds require some soft and slow presentations, Iv'e used the weightless worm with good success at Pella as well. Senko's are another good option. I seem to have the best luck with pumkinseed/greens there. A 4 inch zoom ringworm is my "go-to" bait there.
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I was there yesturday a little after 5. Had just over an hour to fish before my hockey game. Fished corner of pond from the parking lot closest to road. Saw a lot of Bass, but they ignored crankbaits. Went across to the 1st pond across the street. Fished fly and bobble style. Caught 2 Bream, and 2 Perch (all small). Still Fun though.
I have a question. I saw 5 people fishing, an older guy and his grandson(?), and 3 guys (probably high school age). Anyway, they were all fishing w/ bobbers. Not reeling or jigging. What would you use at an artificiall fly and lure fishery, that you would just let set out there under a bobber? I have an extra rod stamp, so if there is something I can do to up my catch rate I want to try it. I have some hair jigs & fuzzy grubs, but it (the pond) was glass like, so I didn't think they'd work w/o any motion.  ???  One more thing. Senkos and anything Yum is scented and/or salted, so wouldn't be allowed right? I'm just curious. I love Pella even though I haven't caught anything big there. I looked in the 2005 fishing guide and they had a ton of regulations for artificiall baits. I'd really like to use 2 rods there, so I'd appreciate any help. EPIC if you're reading this, I could really use some info.
 

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Yeah, artificial flies and lures only. I'm sure scented plastic worms and what not is no problem, but if you're using something that is alive or alive at one point, then it's against the law. Those people using live bait probably didn't know what they were doing.
 

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Oh yeah and one more thing. Some people I know think that the definition: artificial flies and lures only includes power bait. Power bait or things such as stink bait. may be an artifial bait, but it's still not a fly or a lure. At least that's what I think.
 

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As it gets warmer, they will be checking.. I've been checked several times there and one time when I had a huge catfish on, the Ranger just watched me, waited till I got it in to verify that I was not using worms,, well, I was ,, but of the plastic variety. We had a good chat and he stated that he see's people using live bait every day he is out there.
 

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Dan --- Kalamazoo Michigan, but my Grandpa was from Alabama, and he was old-school.   1eyered --- You may be right (not that I doubted  :)). I looked in the regulation book again. Although it does say, entirely made up of (a bunch of materials), and no scent or taste. In the same paragraph, it sais anything less than 1 inch and a half. So maybe Sekos and Yum tubes etc... are OK ? ??? It specificaly states nothing like power-bait or salmon eggs, so I would assume no Gulp no matter how long ?
  I don't think those people (at Pella) were using live bait. I mean they could've, but they all seemed nice enough. A couple of days ago, my buddy caught a bream/bluegill at Big T. Ponds of a creme wormunder a bobber, but there were enough ripples to give it some action. These people (P-xing) were fishing while it was dead calm. I just figured they knew something I didn't (as hard as that is to believe  ;D).
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be fishing there alot, and probably run into a ranger. I'll find out from him. P-xing and Wardon/Sawhill are the only terminal bait places I fish, and thats only on Wed.s. So it would be nice if I can use Senkos, Tiki worms, and Yum (stuff I already have), but I don't want to break any rules.
I"m probably making too big of a deal out of this (just bored and too tired to fish). It would be nice if I could understand the reg book though.
 
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