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Good day on the lake-surprisingly few boats out, guess everyone is gearing up for labor day. Caught smallies, spots and one crappie. Mostly dinks and mostly on tubes.

Water temp was 72 in the early morning and 75 when I left. Water is cloudy and I wish the sky had been-came home with a sunburn even though I wore my buff most of the day. Can't wait for fall, its gonna get good. Big schools of shad everywhere I went. Hard to compete with the real thing. If anyone knows where the wiper are hanging out and want to PM me that would be great-haven't caught a single one this year.
 

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Glad you were able to get out midweek. I haven't caught a wiper all year either. I think of tubes for wallies real soon. Plan to try rigging them Texas style this year and see how that technique works.

I keep looking at my truck camper popped up in the driveway and think to myself I'm going to head down on Friday night. Then I remember it's Labor Day weekend - never mind! I had the yak out Monday night in the quarry area and paddled around for three hours. Had two bites trolling cranks for wallies- no solid hookups, nothing landed.
 

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With T rigged tubes I always got fewer hook-ups. Decided a long time ago losing more tubes with an exposed hook is still a better way to go.
 

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since I have been away from CO for so long, and finally moved back. About, best guess, what time of the year will the Wipers start to bunch up and boil? Last I remember it was usually late august?
There are now three distinct age classes of wipers down here and huge leftovers from years back, but over all the population is small. They stock very few compared to the past and you have idiots filleting 12 inchers at the fish cleaning station so the days of giant boils are probably gone:mad:
 

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There are now three distinct age classes of wipers down here and huge leftovers from years back, but over all the population is small. They stock very few compared to the past and you have idiots filleting 12 inchers at the fish cleaning station so the days of giant boils are probably gone:mad:
Wow, that's sad. They are such a magnificent fish when they get big.
 

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With T rigged tubes I always got fewer hook-ups. Decided a long time ago losing more tubes with an exposed hook is still a better way to go.
Thanks for sharing your experience with T-rigged tubes. I've lost a lot of tubes with traditional exposed jigheads. I'll post how I do when I go but I won't get out until after Labor Day - that's for sure!
 

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They stock very few compared to the past and you have idiots filleting 12 inchers at the fish cleaning station so the days of giant boils are probably gone:mad:
With the bag limit being where it's at (and the CPW's reluctance to change it) it's hard to encourage selective harvest. Totally sucks for the resource. SMH!
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With the bag limit being where it's at (and the CPW's reluctance to change it) it's hard to encourage selective harvest. Totally sucks for the resource. SMH!
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Maybe if they would catch these instead of wipers, some would grow to maturity. There are good numbers of specks in the lake at the moment.
 

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With the bag limit being where it's at (and the CPW's reluctance to change it) it's hard to encourage selective harvest. Totally sucks for the resource. SMH!
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Nice batch of crappie Palerider. Hopefully water levels will stay up and allow them to continue to thrive.
Thanks and I agree. If they keep letting them spawn by keeping it steady, it is just going to get better and better. Each one I catch is full of shad and they also poop all over the place, they are so full of food.
 
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