Walleye Insanity 2017/Chatfield – 7:0 am
Welcome to the latest and greatest in Walleye Tournaments! We listened to anglers when creating this tour and built an event FOR the anglers! This is the largest paying Walleye tournament out there! You may purchase your team entry fee to all or just one of the events on the tour through this portal (even though the event date listed is April 15th). Please be sure to specifiy which tournament location you are wanting to attend at checkout. You will see a mandatory box to check which event(s) you are purchasing entry for. Please see the Fact Sheet and Rules and Regulations on http://www.tightlineoutdoors.com. Click on the Walleye Insanity box to see more details. Both team members must be present for the manditory rules meeting the day of the event More info…
18th Annual Serious Fishermen Team Pike Tournament – 7:0 am
Saturday, September 09: 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM The annual pike fishing tournament is hosted by Eleven Mile Sports. The contest will take place at the North Boat Ramp of Eleven Mile State Park. The field consists of up to 150 two-man teams. A total of ten (10) pike may be weighed-in by each team and cash prizes are awarded to the top teams. Audience: All Ages Location: Eleven Mile State Park North Boat Ramp Eleven Mile State Park 4229 C.R. #92 Lake George, CO, 80827 Eleven Mile Additional Information: Registration required,Fee required Mile Sports, Larry Falk, 719-748-0317, http://www.11milesports.com
We have been researching the NEW Savage Gear 3D rat/duck top water lures, intended for these picky Northern Pikes we have been hunting for here in Colorado. We recently found watching a few YouTube Channels from the U.K. and Canada where these Anglers are having some really great success with catching larger pike off these two lures. Savage Gears 3D Suicide Duck YouTube video one of the founders of the lure goes out and kills it. We have seen enough Anglers having success with these lures top water fishing over thick weed beds and lily pads, getting strike after strike. That we decided to place our order. They call these Pike the fish of 10,000 casts, with these new topwater lures from Savage maybe we can make them the fish of 5,000 casts. We cant wait til these babies arrive in the mail. We will be testing them out at Lake Tarryall Septmeber 2017.
We set out yesterday to Tarryall Reservoir, as we had heard from local Colorado Division of Wildlife employee that a 42 inch Northern Pike was caught two days ago near the grass at the river inlet by a fly fisherman. I have heard of these monsters and have seen the picutres of them being pulled out of this reservoir but until i pull mine out I can’t believe it. We have been studying Pike and their like and dislikes, what are some top baits and techniques to catching your trophy. I have had succes with 4″ Bass Pros Tourney Minnow-Ghost Spook, 4″/6″Husky Jerk-GMN-Glass Minnow and 3″ XPS Single Tail Grubs-White Ice with catching these 14-18″ Northerns and a few babies who are half the size of each bait. However stil yet to get our monster.
There is a couple of YouTube anglers I follow who hunt these preditors in the UK. The technique they use is purchasing some canned sardines/herring and building custom spawning sacks out of mesh netting, using extremely big durable hooks, no less than 20 lbs test and the tension set up for the perfect retrieve. They would catch 2-5 pike over 30 inches, anywhere from 10-30 lbs and in only 20-30 mins in between each fish. I wish we could say that we had as much success yesterday as they did.
We used the spawn sacks like we were told had about 4 bites but lost our fish every time. I am sure they were pike as my wife was killing it Rainbow wise 5 ft from me. I believe that next time I am going to work the inlet with bigger sacks and bigger hooks. I think I was catching babies and the bait sack was too much for them to allow me to set a good hook. I also was recently tipped off to try a 4-6″ Pike replica soft bait. We will hit Denver tomorrow and prepare for a pike style weekend at Tarryall Reservoir.
Almost all anglers find themselves in a bind when it comes to “Catch and Release” of any fish over 3-5 lbs. 80% of all Colorado anglers are using the “Catch and Release” method. However, we are seeing more fish over 5 lbs getting lined on a stringer for mounts and possible consumtion. If you catch a fish that you want to mount or take in a trophy for braggin rights. Its simple, keep your fish in the water as much as possible. You will want to document the fishes length, weight and capture your moment of glory thru photograph, all as fast as you can so you can gentley release one of these beautiful fish back in to their home. This gives more anglers a chance to nab that Colorado trophy everyone is dreaming about. One of our favorite things about angling is that no matter how big or small the fish is, your smile is always bigger as you resort back to that childhood excitement. The feeling you get when you hook into a 3-5 pound fish is unbelievable. It makes you feel on top of the world. So lets keep “Passing the Feeling” and practice safe “Catch and Release” techniques.
About a few months ago I was tipped off by one of my angling buddies about how Antero Reservoir was a place that should definitely be visited by myself and the AnglerHunters crew, and very soon. We were aware of the reopening June 5th,2017. However, we have not been too excited to check it out do to it just being reopened.
We arrived on the NorthShore about 6:45 a.m. and by 9 a.m. we had exhausted all of our tackle, we tried about everything and not to our surprise we werent the only ones feeling the slumpy morning. I text my buddy aroudn 10:35 a.m. to let him know that we hadnt had any action all morning. He told me be patient that he knows for fact that this lake is home to some of Colorado’s giant trouts[cutbow,rainbow,cutthroat]. We unpatiently obliged. I after switching up to a bottm rig and trying about 4 powerbaits. we finally had one of our poles reels take off with one hell of a hit. Find out more about what we used and how we caught this 24.5 in 5.5 lbs Cutbow[rainbow x Cutthroat] @ www.anglerhunters.com/antero_reservoir.html
Jackson Lake is known for its warm waters that allow for an awesome weekend water skiing, jet skiing and boating. However I recently found out that with the right jigs and spinners this lake can be an awesome place for anglers who dont mind speed boats driving by 40ft of the shoreline. This lake is highly populated with giant common carp and Walleye. It also has both black and whtie crappie, large mouths, fresh water drum, wipper and the channel catfish that lurk in the muddy river inlet.
I decided to try out a 4″ White Spinner that you can purchase for $7 at the Marina and a 4″ Lime Green Lizard Jig on a 1/2oz White Jig head that produced constant action along with some 1-2 lbs Walleye Early Morning and right at sunset.
I worked a 2″ Orange Jig on a 1/2 oz White JigHead for the Crappie and didnt have much luck with Bass as my tackle lacked the tools needed.
You will eventually find yourself with what seems to be a heavy ass rock. As you start to reel and tug on your line thinking you are snagged up on some weeds or a floating log. you will realize that logs dont fight back. 9 times out of 10 you probably hooked into one of these 8-15 pound common carp. They tend to put up a really good fight and if you dont have your line tensions set super light you will probably snap you line and lose you lure or jig. A good tip for these is to let them fight. once you have a good tension set, you have to allow the fish to hit shore atleast 3-5 times before trying to get it off your line. I would highly suggest a large net to assist with any fish you catch out of here. With the water always being stirred up these merky waters offer a surprise with every set hook.