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I was one with the senko today-problem is many of them were dinks. I caught about 30 from 5:30 until about noon but only four were an honest 13-14", about a half dozen were 10-12" and the rest were real dinks down to 4-5". Met up with some other guys and they said the same thing-good numbers but no size. I fished shallow and deep, main lake points and cuts-didn't seem to matter. Some of these fish were so small I was kind of amazed they could get the 1/0 EWG hook and senko in their mouth. Caught about an even number of smallies and spots. The spots are real fat-seem to be in much better shape than the smallies as far as weight. And they put up one heck of a fight for their size.

You could see the smoke from the fire in Beulah/Wetmore real good from the reservoir. Fortunately, the wind stayed light all morning so they should be getting a handle on this. Ed
 

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i was gonna go there this weekend were u fishing from shore or boat i'll be fishing from shore and i dont know the lake real well wheres a good spot on shore where i'll catch alot i'll be using those senkos
 

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Catfishking-Pueblo is best fished from a boat but theres pretty good access to the north side of the res. Just go to the North Marina, then work your way west toward the inlet or east toward the dam. Ed
 

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hey, were you just dead sticking senkos or fishing weight? i fish out of my float tube usually in the n marina, do you have a favorite top water bait for wiper when thier busting shad?
 

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I can say with great confidence that my favorite bait for wipers busting shad on the surface is a silver 1/2 ounce Kastmaster. you can even buy kits for spoons that look just like them from Cabela's and pay less money not having to spend for the brand name. The schools while on top will crush the spoon and as soon as the frenzy is gone, I cast and let is sink for 3 to 5 seconds then reel slow and eratic with my rod tip high immitating a bait fish that is wounded and still kicking. The wipers still cruise this area for a few minutes cleaning up cripples even though the top water action is gone. This allows you to fish the whole period of activity with one bait. The kastmasters also throw a long way so I do not have to be right on top of them to get into them. Another advantage as they work their way in one direction, I can try to stay on them while they are on top. Some of my best fish have come 2-5 minutes after the top water is gone, just slowly reeling in my kastmaster until ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and it's on.
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That's a great technique. I'll sure try that next. I usually use a Castiac Shad, it's a soft body shad that looks just like to real thing. Nothing beats hooking up a big wiper with a soft bait or on a fly rod.
 

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I fish the senko mostly T-rigged with a 1/0 or 2/0 EWG with no weight. Sometimes I'll wacky rig with the same hook.

The wipers are gonna be harder to find until the cool weather comes in late Sept. They spend most of the daylight hours in real deep water in the summer. Mostly I just catch some when I'm bass fishing but not so this year. I think there are so many shad the wipers don't have to look hard. Ed
 
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