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Hey,

I don't mean to sound like someone who does not have a clue..... But, I really don't.

I am just getting back into fishing and am only 5 minutes from Chatfield and need some help.

Can someone please tell me what to go after from the bank and what type of bait to use.

I like catfish, bass, walleye, trout and small pan fish.

Please let me know.

Thanks, John
 

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Your closest to this so give it a try. Just south of the north western boat ramp area (the point - rip rap shore). Float a minnow under a bobber off shore 4-10 feet deep. You should catch a few Rainbow, S M bass, and Walleye. I would try the southern end for catfish. That is where I caught catfish here in colorado.

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Talo is giving you excellent advice! I'd add just a bit to it..if that depth doesn't work, experiement a bit..also, if you understand how to use a slip bobber, this would really improve your odds and ability to adjust for the proper depths...(wherever the fish are actively feeding)
 

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Thanks so much for your help and advise. I will certainly get it a try...

Later, John
 
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If I'm shore fishing I never ever NOT throw out a crawler on the bottom.  Doesn't mean I always catch fish it's just one of those things that just about every species will hit.

Here's what you do.  Take the end of your fishing line, slip the line through the center of a egg weight the tie on a swivel.  Then tie to the other end of the swivel a 3' section of line and then on the end of that, put on a hook.

To spice it up a bit, get one those empty glue bottles with a needle on it so you can fill the crawler with air.  This will cause the crawler to float up and not lay on the bottom.

Some call it a lindy rig, some call it a carolina rig, doesn't matter.  It works on every species of fish.  You can also substitue minnows and leaches for the crawler.  You can also substitute floating jig heads for the hook.
 

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I always add a beed between the weight and the swivle.

I call it a slip rig. As far as blowing the worm up it is WAY better to use a normal syrenge. The bottle one leaves to big of a hole in the worm and doesn't keep the air well. This also works good when pulling bottom bouncer on a crawler harness.

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John I also live n Highlands Ranch I go to Chatfield almost every weekend and for sure on every Thursday night. Drop me a line some time maybe we canget together, I have fished Chatfield ever since it has been open. [email protected]
 

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Guys,

Thanks again, I'll be out there on Saturday and possibly Sunday.

I'll be pretty easy to spot, I'll be the one standing there with all of your messages printed out trying everything.

Jimmy, I'll will drop you a line and see if we can hook up out there on Thursdays.

Again, thanks for everyone's adivse.

John
 

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If you want to catch some trout you need to throw out a line with salmon eggs on it. I sometimes add a marshmellow it sometimes seems to help and sometimes it seems not to help. I like rainbow powerbait to.
This is of course if you dont want to throw lures.
 

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When you want to catch all these fish, I would suggest the minnow fished near the bottom on a slipbobber, or a nightcrawler fished and very slowly jigged back to shore along the bottom. All species will hammer these.
For lures, curly tail grubs and various crankbaits such as rat l traps and rebel wee craws, along with panther martin spinners, these will catch anything that swims. Walleye and catfish tend to bite best in the twighlight periods.
For catfish I would fish nearer the inlets with stout tackle and big fat nightcrawlers, live minnows, or chicken liver. Cut shad and the such works well too.
 

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John that sounds great.Get in touch with m and I'll see you thursday
 
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