Found out today that Union reservoir in Longmont will be open for day time fishing on March 1st, and open to overnight fishing and camping on May 1st. I really enjoyed fishing there last year for wipers.
I only fished there once and it was a bad experience...tried to walk away from the crowds...late August...walking through the grass and treed trail on what I think was the SE side...had something bite my ankle big time...thought it was a rattlesnake at first...blood everywhere...old loose strands of barbed wire on the ground interwovern with the grass...needless to say I had to make a hasty retreat to the emergency room...wipers are one of my favorite fish...like tieing your line to the car bumper and having it drive away...are the size and numbers pretty good in Union?
I'd assume the numbers are pretty good in Union. That little reservoir gets fished heavily each year for wiper and yet, everytime I've gone there, I manage to catch good numbers. In 2003, I had my line broken a few times and I've seen some nice ones pulled out. In 2004, I didn't fish it much, but heard that I really missed out. I was busy pulling the fat wipers from Lonetree.
You may already know this, but it also depends on the school that you actually hit. I've been into even 18 incher schools and some times, 7 incher schools. My cousin went to Union during mid-last-summer expecting to just catch and release the undersized fish that they were getting used to and then found out that his 8lb line wasn't heavy enough. He caught a few in a row that broke his line. He went into town to buy heavier line and when he got back, the school moved on.
I love Lonetree but I havent figured it out...have you had much luck with the walleyes there?...my friend Dennis lives in Greeley so I plan on fishing there a bunch this summer...and thanks for the information on Union...I have buddy that lives up by it and I have been trying to get him to go fishing...he is a workaholic so I will try again this summer...thanks!!
When it comes to Lonetree walleye, I haven't caught even one yet. But, you must also keep in mind that I'm a shore fisherman (only for now I hope). I've seen hardcore walleye fisherman troll all over the lake. And.... I know they're in there. From what the baitshop guy in Berthoud says, they tend to run small and that's if you get em.
When you come up, you ought to try Boyd Lake. I hear good walleye stories from there all the time. I've seen it before too. I've gotten nosey with boaters there before. As I recall, I've had a couple of times where I talked them into showing me their catch. Just walleyes!
Sounds like you must have walked on the path that is next to the dirt road on th side of the fence the lake is on. My husband & I walked along that path over to the pump house to fish, hauling big back packs and all our fishing gear and i know what you mean about it being a bad experience. Its really a nasty path, hurt my knees, and the path disapears into tall thick weeds, and yes barbed wire, loose rocks. No fun. We had some good bites and caught wiper off the main pier there, and over by the dog beach by those picnic tables, just past the dog beach. You have to wade out a little ways because its shallow there but we had some good hits there. Under the main big pier, there are schools of crappie and smaller fish, and huge schools of minnows or shad swim around the pier. We saw some guys fishing there a few times that were hauling in some monster size catfish at night.