Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chatfield Reservoir

The walleye are starting to show up in their summer zones. Live bait, rigging leeches and worms on the main lake are producing for walleye, and jigging small three-inch grubs tipped with a leech or worm in 6 to 10 feet of water on the southeast side of the Swim Beach is also producing for walleye. Smallmouth bass are in spawn mode and large fish are being caught on jigs and crank baits along the dam especially along the southwest shore from Massey Draw to Fox Run picnic area. Trout can be caught trolling blue and silver spoons along the “No wake buoys” near Swim Beach. Try the handicapped pier fishing area with bottom baits like orange rubber power eggs. As water levels continue to rise, many fish, including bass and walleye, will follow the water levels and should be targeted in the extreme shallows of the shoreline and flooded timbers.

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