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Hi everyone, Just moved here from Cape Cod Mass. and was wondering where I can go fish locally. I dont fly fish yet, so any Colorado River, Blue Mesa or other areas to get larger size fish from shore will be great. I beloned to another fishing forum back east and it is a great resource, so I will post reports of the areas I go. Thanks, Todd
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Hey Coloradofats the Western slope is pretty big. There are a ton of places. Exactly which part of the Western slope did you move?
 

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I love the Grand Mesa if you are around junction...Perch and Walleyes in Rifle Gap...Highline by Junction has channel cats, bass and crappie, too many trout places to mention...and you dont need a fly rod to fish for trout...they eat bass plugs...see the Rapala thread...

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I'm in Grand Junction, and I have no trouble traveling. This weekend I was planning on hitting Rifle Gap, I read an article in the Daily Sentinel about Pike there. Next weekend Blue Mesa. I have been up on the Grand Mesa, but only fished the off the road spots so it was all stockers. Are the any magazines that are Colorado specific? We used to have a weekly mag/newspaper that had all reports and area articles. Walleye at the Gap too? What do they hit, I have never caught one of those, if anyone wants to hook up sometime, take me under your wing. Thanks,
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Theres Colorado Hunting and Fishing news bi- weekly paper. Perch fishing is pretty good at Rifle, but the pike and walleyes are tough to get.
 

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There are Northern Pike in Rifle Gap?...I can see a May trip over there...hey Todd when you go...if you go by the boat ramp take a look at it and give us a report...I heard the reservoir is way down...if I am over that way I will let you know that I am going...
 

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Copy That,,Check back monday for report---
Back east we used to use perch for NPike bait--legal here?
In Loch Ness they use trout for Northerns---Illegal for sure there and here
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I am from fruita, which is right next to grandjunction. Read the email I sent you colorado fats!!! I shared some bass places and some trout places!

For trout, nothing beats a nightcrawler bounced on the bottom, especially in the colorado river around glenwood springs. Ya just have to fish it when it is clear, it is now but won't be in a week. Curly tail grubs also work great too. The best holes are southcanyon near the bridge, canyon creek upper for size, and where the roaring fork river goes in if the colorado is blown out. I'm always happy to help out with whatever fishing you may want in our area!!!

Perch for pike is legal here, but they must be dead. We did it at crawford this year and it worked well icefishing. Rifle gap is a shadow of a fishery of what it used to be, mostly because of the drought and overstocking of rainbow trout which have destroyed the food chain as we used to know it. There are better, more obscure lakes out there. a good example, about 40 min from grand junction is juniata, which has big largemouth, good smallmouth, a bunch of walleye and nice ones, and big rainbow trout. It is a tough lake to learn though, but I will be happy to share my knowledge with you.
 

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Hey there Fats. I also live here in Junction. Drop me a line whenever you feel like going out somewhere.
 

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Welcome to Grand Junction. It will be nice to have another western slope voice on this forum.
There are many good lakes around here, but most of the better ones are obscure and are not managed by the CDOW.
The Colorado river below Grand Junction has good fishing for channel cats in the deep holes, with some big ones in the 10 - 20 pound range and occasionally even bigger. And above rifle the Colorado is the state's best trout fishery.
Within an hour you have Crawford Reservoir for pike, perch, and slab crappie. Juniata has the only walleye fishery on the west slope that is quality. It also has decent largemouth and smallmouth, with some huge trout. Jerry Creek reservoirs have tons of smaller bass and the biggest bluegills you will find anywhere. Highline has decent largemouth fishing, big crappie, and some big catfish.

Anyways, there are some more obscure places too. The best fisheries are the ones that are pretty much not associated with state parks or CDOW. Looking forward to talking more.
 
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