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Hello all, I'm a new member to this forum and new to Colorado (moved here in Sept). I grew up in the Bay Area (NorCal) fishing saltwater stripers and moved to SoCal in 2003 where I started hunting stripers in freshwater. Since moving here to CO, I've really had a great time exploring new waters with a fly rod and have become fascinated by and addicted to fishing the fly. But, that's a different story.

Since the weather has been warming up, I've dusted off my casting gear and started chasing bass again with mixed success. But, the species I'm really interested in going after is Wiper. It's one species I have yet to catch but have heard that they fight harder than their striper cousins of which I've caught countless. So I'm trying to find out when they start becoming more active and foraging closer to shore. I live in Parker but drive all over the place for work and always have rods and gear in my car. Through research I've learned where they live, but am still trying to understand when they "come out to play" so to speak. I also picked up an 8wt fly rod recently just to hunt them with streamers. I'm assuming that it's mainly a water temp thing along with baitfish being semi-abundant near shore. Again I mention shore because I don't have a boat.

So really, I'm just looking for some feedback or advice from many of you CO anglers to see if I can gain some knowledge that will help me in my pursuit of Mr. Wipey! Thanks in advance for any insight.
 

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Gonna be honest its probably gonna be tough getting good wiper info on here. Wiper are somewhat elusive here and people that know wiper are probably gonna have lockjaw for that reason. That being said I hear Jackson can be good? I don't know much about wiper but good luck to ya
 

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Maybe post up some reports from some of those trips you have been taking... Earn a little internet cred(LMAO)... then ask for help and you may get a few PM's...

Your 1st post being a post asking for info.... And about wipers... Like mattyt said.. Wiper are coveted.... not too many people have them dialed and and the ones that do arent talking.. For good reason!! Wiper cannot reproduce so we have to rely on the CPW to stock them. And they are considered very tasty so they already have a target on there heads.


I'll toss you out a little bit of info.... Wiper do not spawn... BUT they do a false spawn @ some point during the year... i think its spring time. Find out when/where they attempt to spawn and you should be able to get into some from shore.

Please practice C.P.R. on such a limited resource!
 

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John Martin has some as well...I get into some on the south side from time to time, plus you can fish for walleye, saugeye, bass, wiper, crappie, perch, and catfish. Water levels are really low at times, and some of the shoreline takes effort to get to, as it is steep and rocky in places. If you don't catch any at the main reservoir, you can always fish Lake Hasty located right next to the reservoir at the campgrounds and catch trout or warm water fish depending where you fish at Hasty. The spillway also offers catfish fishing, so you have options there, you just have to drive to get there.
 

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Wipers are both amazingly easy to catch and amazingly difficult to pattern at the very same time.

I've gone on countless trips where I could find nary a one in lakes well populated and then a trip comes along where they boil on the surface and you could get a limit as fast as you can reel them in.

They are pretty mobile, but a few tips that might get you on the right track.

Look for in-flowing water in reservoirs in the spring.

Key on a warming water temps.

Look for wind blown shorelines that push baitfish into the shore.

If fly fishing, clouser minnows work well.

Artificials in general that imitate shad work well.

There are plenty of warm-water lakes around that have them in Colorado, a google search can steer you in the right direction.

They are a bit tough to find here at times depending on how available fingerlings are , and as mentioned above, people tend to keep a lot of them because they are tasty.

Nebraska and Kansas have pretty good fishing for them or so I am told.

The tip to hit JM is a good one and it contains white bass as well, which are great to catch.

Good luck in your quest and welcome to the forum.

Cheers

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And if you catch one of my kids that are over 10 pounds let it go!...keep the cornish game wipers instead!!
 

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Seaman Reservoir has big ones-
Slayer's keyboard is typing and being helpful...a combo that leads to fibbing...lol

Good luck at Powell Mikey!!!
 

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If using live bait from shore, fish them like carp. The big boys will drag your bait and drop it if they feel resistance before you can get a hook set. Set your drag light, these mofo's will just chill with a hook in there mouth and then all of a sudden go on a 100 yard run for the deeps. I've never seen a fish that run as hard as these.
 

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Maybe post up some reports from some of those trips you have been taking... Earn a little internet cred(LMAO)... then ask for help and you may get a few PM's...
Posting reports definitely part of my plans. I'm not the type to just leech info from people. I was an active member of my old FNN group and plan to be one here as well. Didn't even know this site existed until recently. Thanks for the feedback.
 

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And if you catch one of my kids that are over 10 pounds let it go!...keep the cornish game wipers instead!!
Absolutely. I did the same thing back in SoCal with duct stripers. The smaller ones taste better anyway.
 

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If using live bait from shore, fish them like carp. The big boys will drag your bait and drop it if they feel resistance before you can get a hook set. Set your drag light, these mofo's will just chill with a hook in there mouth and then all of a sudden go on a 100 yard run for the deeps. I've never seen a fish that run as hard as these.
I'm not a live bait guy, but that's good info. Thank you. Looking forward to experience one of those runs!
 

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^ Brushing up on the languages of Southeast Asia would help out there too.

Wipers are a lot like stripers, they are not fish that relate to cover, they relate to food. Different lakes have different food sources, and wipers react accordingly. They eat trout where trout are abundant, shad where shad are abundant, crawfish... you get the picture.

They school up and don't travel solo. School sizes tend to be mixed more so than white bass. They are constantly on the move unless something (food) keeps them in an area.
 

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^ Brushing up on the languages of Southeast Asia would help out there too.

Wipers are a lot like stripers, they are not fish that relate to cover, they relate to food. Different lakes have different food sources, and wipers react accordingly. They eat trout where trout are abundant, shad where shad are abundant, crawfish... you get the picture.

They school up and don't travel solo. School sizes tend to be mixed more so than white bass. They are constantly on the move unless something (food) keeps them in an area.
Ha! I was just going to invoke Swimbait The Magnificent! Well, I'm gonna do it anyway: as Swimbait The Magnificent would say, follow the Asians and thou shall find the wipers. Current is a key factor in finding wipers. Remember, current can be in the form of an inlet, outlet, or induced by the wind.
 
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