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Went to Taylor this past weekend with some friends. For starters the lake is alot smaller than I thought it would be and is very shallow if you get out of the channel.
Between the two boats we landed several browns, bows, and lakers. Plus a friend in my boat landed one pike 8lbs 30 inches and the other boat got one koke. the bows and browns ranged from about 12" to 19". Most of the lakers were in the 19-20 inch range with a few in the low 20s. Did not see any monsters landed.

everything was caught on standard trolling hardware (cowbells,koke killers,worms,corn,worm harnesses, etc.....)



Cottonwood pass is still a little chilly
 

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mauser said:
Cottonwood pass is still a little chilly
A lil chilly, but the roads are way more clearer than I thought it'd be. That's a nice pike!
 

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Wow, what an awesomely beatuful spot- that drive looks down right spectacular....sure beats working...congrats on the fish...NICE!
 
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nice pike!!!, mauser i was wondering if you saw alot of pike ? , anyways nice fish man
That is the only pike I actually saw -- we picked him up trolling in 30 feet of water with a green bull head salmo. the only other pike i heard of was from some friends in another boat. he hooked a 36 incher that he said went over 10lbs but it was to big for the net and ended up snapping his 8 pound line -- he hooked it on a Kastmaster. The pike were definitely still deep. both pike were hooked just up from the dam.
 

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I love that lake to bad it's so far. I have fished that lake sevral times in years past had good luck with the lakers in the old channel in about 30 ft of water.
 

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Sounds like it still fishes good. I went down there for about 5 years in a row on Memorial day and always caught fish we used to stay in the cabins cause my wife thinks that's camping.
 
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came over cottonwood today on the way home from gunnison, wanted to drop a line at taylor for a bit but dad was in a bad mood, he caqught a fat 22 inch brown on a lil mysis below the dam

its incredible, the fish there dwim between ur legs but u just cant catcvh them...unless ur really good, they are braatty fish, have to have the fly brought right in front of their mouths..hehehe
 

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Heading down there i n a few weeks after I get married any pointers? I have a boat with downrigger love Macks but would love to catch my first pike.. Sweeeet Pike mauser thats what I'm lookin for.
 
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Bring lots of worms and cow bells. I also have a downrigger but did not use it. unless you stay in the channel it can get real shallow. I did catch one mack trolling in 11 feet of water. as far as pike -- crank baits and shiny spoons and spinners always work. Like I said, there is alot of shallow water and as soon as it starts warming up the pike should move in shallow for a while. the one my buddy landed hit pretty close to the shore -- we were running planer boards and the one with the crank bait was only about 4 feet from the shore. but by the dam the banks are straight down so the water was still very deep
 

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Heading down there i n a few weeks after I get married any pointers? I have a boat with downrigger love Macks but would love to catch my first pike.. Sweeeet Pike mauser thats what I'm lookin for.
You looking for fishing or marriage advice? Ether topic would take longer than either of us have and I don't understand fish or women!

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Mauser, just curious, did you keep or release the pike. Anyway, nice fish.
 

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Tasty, keeping 1 or 2 doesn't hurt. Did you notice it had what they call y bones? I was always scared about keeping a pike cuz I heard those bones are tough to cut out but they aren't.
 
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no problems with the Y bones a sharp fillet knife and some pliers make short work of the fillets. I don't keep many pike, but just like any species you need to keep a few to keep the populations in check.
 

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My girl and I were there also this Memorial Day weekend. We rented a little boat and spent about 6 hours on the water. It was not as productive as I would have liked. Final tally: 2 Macks 18 and 19 inches, 2 rainbows 12 and 15 inches, 1 pike 19 inches. We caught 1 mack and 1 rainbow trolling Rapalas, and the rest jigging 3" tubes w/ sucker meat strips on them. I've always had much better luck than that at Taylor, but this was the first time I've fished it from a boat. Usually from the ice. Glad to see someone at least caught a big one! Nice!
 

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As far as advice on women goes I've got that figured out already (if you beleive that I've got some great land @ Rocky Flats for sale). Anyway never fished Taylor before so thanks for the tips Mauser. Hey Dan if I figure out the fish I'll let you know. I never thought about eating a Pike (if I could even catch one) but I tried some of a friends and it was excellent.
 
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