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Wiper Wipeout

Finally got the fishing bug and put down the rifle to wet a line. Headed to Pueblo Res. Sat. night to see if I could get into the wiper bite which had evaded me the last few years I've tried for em. I've caught a couple smaller ones on those trips but hadn't gotten into the hogs, I used to catch nice ones 12 or so years ago when I was mad about wiper fishing and went all the time. I caught a couple of keeper 18 inch walleye before dark which was a nice surprise as usually they are just under the legal limit.

The wiper action got hot at midnight and I caught my last one at 5:30 am which happened to be the biggest. They all batteled extremelly hard but that last one took it to another level. I was alone so no netter help. I would just get em tired till I could bring em up on shore and grab em. I did lose 4 of em but managed to bring 5 in plus the two walleye which made a hell of a fish fry yesterday. The smallest wiper was 26 inches and the two largest were 29 inches 9 pounds.

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That is a great days fishing

That is a great days fishing for sure. Would not mind catching a few of those bad boys and girls. All from shore is pretty cool too. Sucks about loosing fish with no one to help you net them. The walleyes where an extra treat and some fine eating too. Did you fish from the dam or someplace else?

Wife and I hit Blue Mesa again and hammered the trout and did fairly well on the salmon too landing 19 good ones and 2 small ones. None as big as those wipers but salmon 18-19 inches and 3-4 pounds still fun.

 

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I wasn't fishing the Dam, I don't think you can actually get on the dam anymore since the 9/11 security measures. I was fishing a point on a big cove by the south boat launch area. The wipers will come into the coves and shallower water beginning in the evening and feed thru the night. I was using cut sucker meat, mussels, and worms. The fish I lost wasn't due to not being able to net them. Rather it was the pole I lost them on I had a number 1 size snell hook, I threaded nightcrawlers on. I had three hit hard and brought them in halfway and then bam I'd lose them. I initally thought they broke my line but actually they thru the hook. That snell hook wasn't getting set deep enough and they pulled so hard it'd come loose. My other pole I had a size 2 treble hook I had the cut bait on. I only had one throw the hook with that rig. After I lost those three I put a treble on the other pole as well. They would get hooked very well with the treble. Also, I am using Spider wire line which has an eight pound diameter but is equal to 30 pound test. I use a big sliding egg sinker down to a swivel with about a three foot of 15 pound line for my leader with my drag set loose. Wipers are strong, I like to call them bass on steroids. I have witnessed many peoples poles instantly get pulled in the water if they didn't have them secured well and broken lines when not using strong gear or having drags set well. They hit like freight tranes. The bad thing is they travel in big schools thru the lake and aren't always in the same place. One area might be hot for a time then go dead. But, you have a good chance in any of the coves at night. Good places to try or by either the North or South Marina or boat launch's. I'm on grave yards this week and will be off Thursday night and plan on hitting it again and seeing if their still coming where I was at. You also have a good chance of getting walleyes in these areas and it seems like finally more keeper 18 inchers are being caught. For years you'd catch 14 to 17 inchers all day and have to throw em back. The walleye I caught both hit cut bait but worms on bottom or jigs are deadly on them as well. Good luck if you make it out there! Oh, big shiners, like the ones in the  4 to 5 inch length, used to work good as well on the same rig, but we don't have any bait shops in Pueblo anymore that sells them. The marinas have them but there little dink minnows 2 to 3 inches.

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Thanks for the info. Have not

Thanks for the info. Have not fished the lake in years do to the mussels issues and having to decon the boat. Did catch a few wiper but none of that size. Caught several walleye but most were under 18 inches as well. Did well on bass and pan fish but that was it. I use the braided line when we fish for pike or jig deep for lake trout so I am use to using that. Maybe we can hook up one night and catch a few.

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Sounds good. Me and my nephew and my bro, Steve and his wife, are hitting it tomorrow night if you can make it down. Or, another time would be cool. I'll send you a pm with contact info.

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Couple of fat ones there too!

Couple of fat ones there too! Congrats, looks like you had fun!

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Me and my bud, Steve hooked up with SGM

For some night fishing. Had a great time but the bite wasn't that hot. Still SGM managed 4 walleye but had to release them as they were 14 to 15 inches. He also got the first wiper of the three that were caught. A nice 26 incher just under 7 pounds. Steve caught the other 2 a 26 and 27 incher. I had a couple hits but pulled a big zero. Had a great time look forward to doing it again.

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Had a great time and looking

Had a great time and looking forward to doing it again soon.

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