Category Archives: Spin Fishing

Teal, Doves and Crappie: Three Reasons to Visit Colorado’s Eastern Plains in September

Wasps, spiders, sunburn, allergies, rattlesnakes, mosquitoes and chiggers are just a few of the challenges you must brave. But if you enjoy a good wing-shoot and the fast-paced action of fishing for crappies, these unpleasantries may be worth tolerating to take advantage of some early season outdoor opportunities on the Eastern Plains. 

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‘Belly Boat Bassin’ – Part 2: Lures and Techniques

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Colorado’s big lakes and reservoirs tend to attract the most angling attention, but small suburban lakes and ponds offer great fishing, hours of fun and often provide great belly boating opportunities. In Belly Boat Bassin’ – Part 2, Jeff shares tips that will help both first time and seasoned anglers locate and catch bass in Colorado.

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Fishing Close To Home: Rocky Mountain Arsenal — ‘Come for the Buffalo, Stay for the Fishing’

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Buffalo bull crossing the road. — Photo by Wayne D. Lewis (CPW)

“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” I sang, but not as loudly as the young men in the commercial. Their car had just been crushed by a bull buffalo, whereas I just had a large bull sauntering across the road, mere feet from my car’s front bumper. It was the closest I had been to a free-ranging buffalo in, well, ever. Although the bull wasn’t threatening me at all, we had made some serious eye contact a few seconds earlier. Signs advise you to stay in the car, I gladly took the advice.

It felt like I was in the middle of Yellowstone National Park, but I was actually only 7 miles from my northeast Denver home — in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. If the proverbial crow flew from downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, he would grab a midflight snack at the arsenal. Read more

‘Friday Night Bites’ Competitive Fishing Lures High School Students

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Photo by Jerry Neal (CPW).

Competitive fishing is now one of the fastest-growing prep sports.  And at Colorado’s Pueblo West High School and hundreds of other schools across the nation, catching fish is catching fire among high school students.

In this Colorado Outdoors magazine video-supplement, members of the Cyclone Anglers, Pueblo West High School’s fishing team, explain how participating in an extracurricular fishing program has enriched their high school experience.

The Cyclone Anglers are proud members of the Student Angler Federation (SAF), a national organization that establishes fishing clubs/teams in high schools across the United States.  As part of this growing trend, three states — Kentucky, Illinois and New Hampshire — have sanctioned bass fishing as a varsity sport.  Similar efforts are underway in South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama.  Pueblo West is the first high school in Colorado to offer the SAF’s innovative program to students. Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages other schools to get involved with this exciting opportunity. Read more

Springtime Fun: Bait Fishing for Colorado Lake Trout

A Self-Professed ‘Fly Snob’ Shares His Guilty Pleasure of Bait Fishing for Colorado’s Largest Sport Fish

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A lake trout (Mackinaw) taken on a sucker minnow. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

At 7 a.m. on a sunny May morning, the fun begins: “Clang!” The empty Dr. Pepper can supporting my fluorocarbon line topples and crashes down the rocky bank toward the water. The clatter of the makeshift strike indicator disturbs the tranquil Lake Granby shoreline and rouses me from my early morning stupor.

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Alabama Getaway

As I prepared myself to cast the latest and greatest in fishing lures, I realized that no other type of lure has caused me so much thought and contemplation before the initial cast. The rig I was about to cast (especially with bare hooks) was a fearsome looking beast.

And what is this magic lure?

The Alabama Rig.

Umbrella Rig

A five-arm umbrella rig. Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW

“I designed it to simulate a school of small bait fish in a tight bait ball,” said Andy Poss, inventor of the original Alabama Rig, on his website. “You can fish a huge range of lures with our rig — grubs, swimbaits, jigs, worms, spinnerbaits, etc.” Read more

Fishing Close to Home: Lowell Ponds State Wildlife Area

Getting in quality fishing time lately has been extremely hard. I sneak away some lunchtimes, but no luck. I really don’t want to eat outside on a patio away from air conditioning when it’s hot, so I understand why the fish aren’t biting. Lazy fishes, don’t they realize that I have deadlines? Read more

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