Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lone Tree Crappie/Walleye

This past week I've been spending time in the boat chasing warm water species. I fished Lone Tree res. the mornings of 6/21, 6/24, 6/27, & 6/28 from roughly 5 - 9:00 am. Water temps are in the low 70's. Found a variety of fish including Walleye, Largemouth, Black Crappie and a lone Wiper. Although many of the Walleye were located on traditional tackle and Jigs, we were soon able to catch them with streamer tip intermediate lines and heavy baitfish imitations (Belly-ache Minnow) in Chart, Gold Variant, and grey, slow crawled back to the boat. We found these fish outside of the weeds in between 5-12 feet of water mostly along the West bank. We did really well the first two trips catching 12-16 walleye. These fish averaged 17" with the largest being 24 & 1/2"! But as soon as we felt that we had it dialed in, the Walleyes seemingly disappeared- we caught only two the last two outings. We did however find alot of good sized Black Crappie casting to the same water with the same imitations. Weather was sunny for the most part on all days, and windy at times with the chop definately helping the bite. Sorry PETA animals were harmed during our research, there was one hell of a good fish fry held in Longmont last night!

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