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I read something somewhere (recently...I am old and cannot remember...read too much anyway...I am sure it was an In Fisherman article)...where the author had been experimenting with broad bodied shad plastic baits and rigging the with a weight in their head and the hook tied to the tail end...since wipers and other predators key on the injured fish on the bottom of the schools that they force to the top...rigging it this way allowed the plastic bait to behave nose down like an injured shad...might be worth a try on Pueblo in those situations...I am going to try it on Lonetree where I have seen the same problem...
 
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

Ya know, Zmann...I was thinking-if you fish like you post...I wanna fish with you sometime!

That is a KILLER idea! There have been many a fishing expedition when the shad were dying off in the fall, and we could mark tons of huge walleye but were unable to get them to take even livebait dropped right in front of them...dying shad don't run...I'm giong to work on perfecting this theory!

Keep yer line tight!
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

One of the most important thing to remember when fishing schools of shad like that is match the baits size. Not that that would have garenteed you a catch but it improves your chances. I like zman's idea too. Glad you were able to hook up with some fish this weekend. I only had a fly rod in my jeep when I went down to visit the in-laws this weekend. Wasnt able to cast well with the wind so I packed it in.
 
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

You're right ePic! We were catching some of those shad and doing exactly that! It makes a HUGE difference...matching the "hatch" as the flyguys say!

I carry a casting net with me on the boat, as many lakes do allow you to catch and use local live baitfish.

Pueblo is one of those!

Hey on a different subject, if you are into fly fishing, check out this site

http://www.dreamdaysfishing.com/

This dude can catch fish! He manages the Orvis over there across the street from Park Meadows...
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

[Ya know, Zmann...I was thinking-if you fish like you post...I wanna fish with you sometime!]...Eyeguy thanks for the compliment...I enjoy trying to come up with new and creative ways of fooling the little devils...since they have gotten the best of me so many times...I probably over think most things...I can be driven at times fishing...sometimes I fish hard and sometimes it is just nice to put the feet up on the edge of the boat and take it easy...some of my best days at Chatfield have been with a 1/16 oz bull shot and a red hook and a minnow three feet down from the weight...a gentle breeze and drifting over the road bed...that is so lazy and sometimes so enjoyable...I do need to learn more about jigging for walleyes and other species...it is my goal this summer to become somewhat accomplished at it...but thanks for the compliment...and if it is meant to be...I wouldnt mind hooking up sometime and fishing with you...you seem to have your fishing priorities and values in order...infact there a good number of seemingly great guys and gals on here that I wouldnt mind fishing with...
 
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

So, not to be repetitive, but have any of you heard of another fish species suffering from whirling disease, or another malady that causes the same symptom? ???
 

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Code:
1. What is whirling disease and do all fish get it?
Whirling disease is a parasitic infection which attacks juvenile trout and salmon, but does not infect warm water species. All species of trout and salmon may be susceptible to whirling disease. Other members of the trout and salmon family, such as mountain whitefish are also at risk. Rainbow trout and cutthroat trout appear to be more susceptible than other trout species. Brown trout become infected with the parasite, but they appear to have an immunity to the infection and have not been as greatly impacted as rainbow trout. Studies in Montana and at the University of California-Davis have demonstrated that grayling and bull trout are very resistant to infection. Click here for more information on whirling disease.
Anything you ever wanted to know about whirling disease can be found @ http://www.whirling-disease.org/
 
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

Thanks ePic!

Man you are FULL of excellent info and resources!

Appreciate your help! ;D
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

EyeGuy,

Any listings of Reservoirs that permit netting shad for bait? I'm vague on those regs. :D
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

Here are the regulations:
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6. SEINES, CAST-NETS:
(a) Seines can be used only for bait fish, the gilled form of aquatic tiger salamander larvae and crayfish, or only when authorized for emergency salvage. See ?Special Conditions and Restrictions.?
(b) Seines must be made of 1/4-inch or less non-metallic square mesh.
(c) Seines shall not exceed 20 ft. long by 4 ft. deep.
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4. USE AND COLLECTION OF BAIT FISH:
(a) Use or possession of live fish as bait prohibited east of Continental Divide above 7,000 feet, on Arkansas River above Parkdale in Fremont and Chaffee counties, and at Watson Lake SWAin Larimer County. Using or possessing live fish as bait prohibited west of Continental Divide except in Navajo Reservoir.
(b) The only fish species that can be taken and/or used for consumption or personal use as bait (alive or dead) by seining, netting, trapping or dipping are minnows (except in ?c? below), bluegill, hybrid bluegill, carp, sunfish, gizzard shad, sculpin, white and longnose suckers, yellow perch and rainbow smelt. Statewide bag limits apply to sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegill and yellow perch. It is illegal to take, possess or harvest for private or commercial use as bait threatened or endangered species or species listed as nongame in wildlife regulations. See #5 and 6 below for a list of these species.
(c) The only species that can be taken for commercial use are: minnows (except those listed as threatened, endangered or prohibited); gizzard shad, white and longnose suckers (except those listed as threatened, endangered or prohibited); and carp (except those listed as threatened, endangered or prohibited).
See ?Nongame Species.?
(d) Taking bait fish prohibited statewide in all natural streams, springs and all waters in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Elbert, Jefferson and Park counties and all standing public waters in Rio Grande, Saguache, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa, Mineral and Hinsdale counties in Rio Grande drainage. This does not apply to fish handled or produced at commercial aquaculture facilities.
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

So then ...(correct me if I'm wrong!) these regs say that I can take BLUEGILLS & SUNFISH for personal bait use, so long as I am not catching them for COMMERCIAL use?

That would be really good if such is the case.
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

Nawanda said:
So then ...(correct me if I'm wrong!) these regs say that I can take BLUEGILLS & SUNFISH for personal bait use, so long as I am not catching them for COMMERCIAL use?

That would be really good if such is the case.
That is correct.
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

just have to remember that you have to have the right limit
and i think limit is 10 of each
 
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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

ePic STIRKES AGAIN!

Man, you ROCK!

Hey everbody here is the 10 day forecast for Pueblo...



10-Day Outdoors Forecast for
Pueblo, CO (81004)

Forecast Conditions High/Low °F Precip.
Chance High TemperaturesLow TemperaturesPrecipitation
Tonight
Apr 15 Mostly Cloudy
N/A/34° 20%


High not valid after 2pm
Sat
Apr 16 Isolated T-Storms
72°/44° 30%
72 °F

Sun
Apr 17 Partly Cloudy
75°/40° 10%
75 °F

Mon
Apr 18 Partly Cloudy
80°/39° 20%
80 °F

Tue
Apr 19 Isolated T-Storms
73°/35° 30%
73 °F

Wed
Apr 20 Few Showers
63°/30° 30%
63 °F

Thu
Apr 21 Showers
64°/33° 40%
64 °F

Fri
Apr 22 Partly Cloudy
72°/34° 20%
72 °F

Sat
Apr 23 Partly Cloudy
68°/37° 0%
68 °F

Sun
Apr 24 Showers
68°/38° 40%
68 °F
 

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Re: Pueblo Reservoir 4/9/2005

EyeGuy said:
ePic STIRKES AGAIN!

Man, you ROCK!

Hey everbody here is the 10 day forecast for Pueblo...



10-Day Outdoors Forecast for
Pueblo, CO (81004)

Forecast Conditions High/Low °F Precip.
Chance High TemperaturesLow TemperaturesPrecipitation   
Tonight
Apr 15  Mostly Cloudy
N/A/34° 20%
 

High not valid after 2pm
Sat
Apr 16   Isolated T-Storms
72°/44° 30%
  72 °F

Sun
Apr 17   Partly Cloudy
75°/40° 10%
  75 °F

Mon
Apr 18   Partly Cloudy
80°/39° 20%
  80 °F

Tue
Apr 19   Isolated T-Storms
73°/35° 30%
  73 °F

Wed
Apr 20   Few Showers
63°/30° 30%
  63 °F

Thu
Apr 21   Showers
64°/33° 40%
  64 °F

Fri
Apr 22   Partly Cloudy
72°/34° 20%
  72 °F

Sat
Apr 23   Partly Cloudy
68°/37° 0%
  68 °F

Sun
Apr 24   Showers
68°/38° 40%
  68 °F
Weatherchannel.com??
 

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The smallmouth have started to move shallow-5 to15 ft. Main lake points that have deep water close by. Tubes and senkos are getting bit. Water temp is 50-51 early morning, getting to 54-55 by late afternoon. The upper end is actually colder than down by the dam now due to runoff and its stained to muddy. Fish from about Peck Creek down to the lower end. Ed
 
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Thanks Ed! That will help!

Did ya get a temp by the damn or even better...on the south side in the coves?
 
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One eyered...it is weather.com

They actually have the weather at the LAKE..they do that for many lakes and rec areas! ;)
 

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EyeGuy said:
One eyered...it is weather.com

They actually have the weather at the LAKE..they do that for many lakes and rec areas! ;)
Cool! I'll have to check it out.
 
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