Post By: fishinfoco Posted: 4/19/2017 8:29:34 PMPoints: 143
I was reading through the fort collins pond survey and was really intrigued by the mention of saugeye doing "very well" in this pond. Personally i usually chase bass but the pond is very close to home and it would be fun to chase a new species with my new kayak!
I was going to rig up some grubs and jerkbaits and throw them around for a while but I have never targeted saugeye, any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: As a bonus, it looks like someone has uploaded at least a partial contour map to the insight genesis site!
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Here is the pond survey, hopefully we get and updated one soon?
Reply by: Fishinearl23 Posted: Apr. 20, 8:20:00 AM Points: 105
I read that to and tried to email the fisheries biologist. I fish there a few times a week, its right next to my work. I have yet to catch a saugeye out of there, i have tried various lures and only get carp and bass. I never heard back from the biologist. I would like some more info if possible?
Reply by: fishinfoco Posted: Apr. 20, 8:49:30 AM Points: 143
Earlier this spring Jax was running a really good deal on last season's watercraft, 30% off. I had to jump on it because I've been aching to get into something more solid than my belly boat. Honestly it was the best money I have every spent on fishing. Thank you Uncle Sam! :)
I'm still sorting out how to best fish from it but I'm certainly glad I was able to get into a nicer kayak that would have originally been out of my price range.
Edit: It's a Perception Pescador Pro 100, out the door for around $550 :D I also put a Lowrance Hook4 and a Yakattak anchor trolley on it....so far. This kayak customizing and rigging thing is kinda addictive lol
Bummer you cant get a response from a biologist. I'm sure the fishery has changed since the last survey, but I would think they are still out there....somewhere lol. Time on the water will tell!
saugeyes act a lot like walleyes. look for the steeper drop-offs, sandy bars (if any) and other rocky areas. They actually do really well in some of the bigger ponds and we have several ponds that size down in Denver that have them in and can grow surprisingly big! Use your insight genesis map building on that pond and you should be able to figure out some specific areas that you will be able to target them year round.
No luck with the Saugeye yet, however there's a great spinnerbait bite going right now if you're chasing largemouth. Run them parallel to and 1-3 feet off of steep shoreline. 3/8 oz. double willow blades white/chartreuse skirt.
Good job Edawg. They do exist in there. But if they stocked saugeye back in 2011, those fish should be in the mid 20" range. Your fish was probably stocked as a fingerling last spring. I wish Swigs would see this post and chime in.