Take Advantage of Reduced Fishing Pressure
Our tip of the week relates to the seasonal changes not only in weather but angler's priorities and how you can take advantage of this time of year. This week's tip comes again from Local Denver guide Austin Parr, "With big game season upon us, many anglers hang up their fishing equipment in exchange for a pair of boots, and a bow or rifle, leaving many popular fisheries void of the summertime crowds. With less fishing pressure and cooler temperatures, reservoirs such as Spinney Mountain, Antero, and Stagecoach have action that is just heating up. Look for receding weed edges in lakes such as these. Big trout will use weeds as a structure point, meandering along them in search for food. Try casting spoons such as Tasmanian Devils or Krocodiles and work them quickly along these weed edges. Boat anglers can also have success trolling with these lures behind a planer board along the same weed edges. Tube Jigs are another highly effective technique in these crawfish rich lakes. Try casting a 2.5 inch brown tube paired with a 1/8 ounce jig head along these weeds or points, using a snap jig approach." – Austin Parr with Discount Fishing Tackle, Denver. Additionally, the cooler weather is pushing those cold water species out into the open in the mornings and late evenings. When the water is cooler fish leave cover and search the open water for food. The use of 'search baits' this time of year is a must. Search baits are fast moving lures that allow anglers to cover a lot of water, such as spinners, spoons, jerk baits, and crank baits. Until the bait is hit, continue to throw multiple casts to the same spot. Fish congregate this time of year and usually one fish on the line almost always means there is several more in the area.