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I decided to see if the Rocky Mountain Arsenal is as good as everyone says it is. It is. My dad and I got there right before 9, took the class, and headed up to Lake Ladora. I was set on catching my first pike, because I've never caught a pike. I was armed with a cheap swimbait, some metal leaders, pliers, and the rest of my tackle box. My swimbait wasn't swimming right, so I switch to a bright green spoon. That wasn't working, so I put on a giant Blue Fox muskie bait. You can see it in the picture below. I tried several different retrieve speeds. I cast out, let it sink, and reeled very slowly. Then about ten feet from shore...BAM! The drag on my Shimano baitcaster was flyin'. I reeled and reeled until finally I hauled this sucker in. I suppose as far as pike go it's not very big, but for my first one it was huge. He got the last treble, so I didn't have to reach into his toothy mouth. Those things are fat. I couldn't even fit my hand around it. I took the pictures and released it. The very next cast I missed a hit. Then a big rock bit my lure and wouldn't let go, so I had to cut the line. I lost the lure, but I was so syched about the fish I didn't care.

Being from Houston, I couldn't help but test out the bass skills. My dad and I headed down to Mary's Lake and walked along the walkway to an empty spot. My green tube jig nailed em'. I was working the bank and caught four bass, two fo which are pictured below. The ones I didn't post were pretty small. I guess my bass skills are pretty good, because I caught four in 30 minutes and I only saw a few others caught around the lake. (I hate to brag...hehe.) What a great day it was. We left around 11, but I plan on going back every weekend I don't work.


My first pike...and a big smile.


The same pike from a different angle, you can see what he bit.


Pretty nice bass.


Very nice bass.


Thanks for all those who reported on the arsenal. I never would have known about it without you guys. This pike is thanks to those guys. The bass are thanks to the great lake and my tube jiggin'.

Even if I hadn't been fishing I would have had fun, this plave is beautiful.

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Hit the Meridian Pond to show my friend Heather how to fish. She caught a ton of trout, so it was fun, but they didn't stalk anything big like last year. I wouldn't waste your time going there unless you have kids.

Sorry for writing a book, I love this site.
 

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Nice post bro!!!! Ive been wanting to go out there and keep putting it off. Ive never caught a pike so I need to get down there stat


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You give me hope. I saw you and your dad there. I was only there to take the class and walk the lake. No one was catching anything, so I decided to skip out on the fishing. Nice know someone was catching something.
 

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I went to look for the meridian pond, but im not sure i found it. is it the two ponds that are close to a maintenance building with a gate? right by the baseball field?
 

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Haha, great smile could tell you were excited about that pike. Man id I cant land one of these muskies here at pikeview I'm goin have to head up there and get me a pike.
Great pictures glad you had fun.
 
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I went to look for the meridian pond, but im not sure i found it. is it the two ponds that are close to a maintenance building with a gate? right by the baseball field?
the meridian im talking about is a business center at lincoln and I25, there is a pond there
 

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I want to fish that place so badly! A place where pike are aggressive in colorado is new to me. (they used to be in the yampa, but the population is poor now.) How far do you think it would take to get to from grand junction?
 

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NICE!!

Great job Stang!! Congrats on that 1st pike. I remember my 1st pike. I was so happy, I was almost in tears. I was like 14 at the time and I caught it at Bonny. Only other place I've caught pike was North Dakota in Devil's Lake. Like Jay, I keep puttin this place off. I've gotta go out there. I'll set up for this weekend. That night when I told you that I was gonna go, I went out and bought wire leaders, a few swimbaits and topwater lures. ..But then I went to the Chatfield spillway instead as a spur of the moment thing.

Don't worry about your lengthy post. It's very informative and interesting. Good report!
 

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congrats on your first pike, i was there in the morning next to the building, i managed only one hit and what a fish 31 inches and real fat, i could feel something in its belly not sure what it was, anways got my pike on a 6 inch white tube jig
 

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we fished sat eve and my girlfriend caught 2 pike then we went out sunday and she only caught 3 more pike in about 2 hours, i got zipped(lost some lures though). she has only caught about 50 pike out there in the last 3 years..
 

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Do they offer those classes on a daily basis, or do you have to register for a particular day. It's been fun reading about this place, I'll have to check it out. Great pictures!
 
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so it seems my parents rnt gonna let me camp this weekend cuz they r being dumb, so if anyone is going to the arsenal pm me, ill meet u up, my buddy and i r going sat and sun
 

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so it seems my parents rnt gonna let me camp this weekend cuz they r being dumb, so if anyone is going to the arsenal pm me, ill meet u up, my buddy and i r going sat and sun
Are you grounded again? Or do I have my people mixed up?

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i just havent been off grounding, but they havent been real strict so i think they decided just to not let me do what in have really wanted to do for awhile which is camp with my buddies and that should make me be a good boy... i guess thats what they r thinkin, but um dont have ur people mixed up
 

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I wish my parents were that slack when I use to get grounded.
 
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ya, they r on and off, but maybve they realize fishing is sorta like air and water to me, cant live without it, so it would be cruel and unusual to take it away...
 

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i'm sure that me and my girlfriend will be there, it's gonna be a couple of weeks before we get a chance to go to the mountains to do some camping.
 
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