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Lake: North Delaney

Advice for a newbie

Post By: Twilly73      Posted: 5/9/2017 8:46:12 AM     Points: 436    
So I'm taking a friend up to the Delaney's on Saturday and was hoping to get some advice on which lake to hit first. We went up last year in the fall and caught a couple, which both went back, but didn't have the action I was hoping for. Now I'm taking a newer friend who has yet to catch anything in Colorado, and I'm wanting to put him onto some fish. I have a tackle box full of everything from tubes and jigs, to spoons, spinners, and all kinds of cranks. Not looking for specific points, just general starting area. Which lake would hopefully produce some action as I don't want him to get discouraged from this great sport. Thanks in advance!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: May. 9, 11:15:12 AM     Points: 4038    
South lake will produce more fish but north lake usually produces bigger fish. I like the SW corner or the east shore if the wind in blowing west to east. Tube jigs are my go to lure but kastmasters work pretty good too. On the north lake I like the east shore or the far north shore by the bluffs. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
 Reply by: Flymandl      Posted: May. 9, 7:09:13 PM     Points: 303    
Throw x raps, smithwicks, and similar lures. Retrieve pretty fast. If you r trolling 2mph or so. Try both towards the bottom and surface. That will usually produce more than any fly fisherman on the scene....
 Reply by: jimmy1219      Posted: May. 11, 6:12:41 PM     Points: 144    
In my experience if you are not catching the numbers you desire just run over to East. I've always had better luck with numbers. I don't think it get hit as often as the other two. However like the others have mentioned you can't beat the hogs that are there in the North lake. I don't catch as many there but the size is tough to beat. Especially if you can find some the the large browns. I love fishing there at night. So much fun
 Reply by: Twilly73      Posted: May. 12, 9:22:56 AM     Points: 436    
Thanks for all the advice. I'll report back on conditions, catches, and other general factors when we get back on Sunday. Til then, gitcha fish on!
 Reply by: Twilly73      Posted: May. 14, 6:13:11 PM     Points: 436    
Hit up the Delaneys on Saturday. Extremely windy all day but still managed a few including a few rainbows, biggest at 21, and a few browns, biggest being 17. Fun day, just could do without all the wind. Side note I might have left a tackle bag and spinning rod up there in case anyone finds these. I can describe and reward is offered. Thanks
 Reply by: Twilly73      Posted: May. 14, 8:14:45 PM     Points: 436    
So good news...my stuff was turned in yo the lake john resort last night and they have it. Gonna make another trip up soon but just happy to have it found. Whomever turned it in, may the fish gods be ever on your side😁
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: May. 15, 7:28:53 AM     Points: 4038    
Very cool you got into them and some nice ones too. Yes the wind up in that area can be a PITA but usually the fishing makes up for it.
 Reply by: bassfan      Posted: Jun. 7, 6:57:58 AM     Points: 0    
Headed up first time this weekend...How's the bite at North lake??
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 7, 7:48:57 AM     Points: 30817    
thats awesome you got your things back!
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: Jun. 7, 7:51:16 AM     Points: 355    
north lake real slow with increase in temps. go to lake john or cowdrey for numbers. cowdrey was stocked with broaders a few weeks ago.
 Reply by: Twilly73      Posted: Jun. 7, 1:12:05 PM     Points: 436    
So we went up to the resort to get my stuff on Sunday, 6/4 (thank you all), and stayed on Lake John from 8:30am til about 1:15pm. Bite was strong all day with most action coming on worms or eggs on the bottom. Threw many lures and had action with all, mainly kastys, money clips, and spinners doing well. Ended the day with about 40 total, kept 4 for dinner (all about 16") and released the rest. Great day with no wind, minimal bugs, and few powerboaters on the water. Now just to make it back up there again before the bugs get too thick.
 Reply by: hog-slayer      Posted: Jul. 3, 10:11:25 AM     Points: 35    
Brown beadhead buggers work well.

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