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Insights from an obsessed wiper fisherman


Fishing Guide Extraordinaire    

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Carp – Wiper – Bass – Pike – Trout Walk / Wade 17’ Flats Boat Deluxe Sage Creek Package

505.350.0428 tkconnor@kw.com I’m also your local Real Estate Expert!


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Striped Bass x White Bass  

Hybrid Species = Sterile Please Catch & Release

Present in most of Colorado’s Lakes! 

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Aurora Reservoir ~ Barr Lake ~ Bonny Lake ~ Cherry Creek Reservoir ~ Douglas Reservoir ~ Horsetooth ~ John Martin Reservoir ~ Lonetree Reservoir ~ Martin Lake ~ North Sterling Prewitt Reservoir ~ Pueblo Reservoir ~ Trinidad Lake ~ Union Reservoir ~ Wellington


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Predatory & Aggressive 12” …. 22lbs! Long, Wide & Deep bodies Broken black horizontal stripes Two rows of teeth near rear of tongue 

White bass has a single tooth patch on the tongue


Beginner’s Luck -

Blind casting with great success 2005 , 2006 great years – big numbers Fishing from shore Many consecutive days on the water

Discovery / Research -

It is worth spending the time researching and investigation the conditions prior to the trip


Obsession -

50+ days a year 10 hrs per fish

Learned the value of being at the right place at the right time  

…this means getting on the water as much as possible …high [risk] high reward and the value of patience


Inverse Relationships

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2009 & 2010 tough years … low numbers Tried many creative & new techniques Fished many different lakes

↑ time/money/effort = ↓ fishing success

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…however ↑TME ≠ ↓FS …. ↑TME = ↑XP (experience) = ∞V (value)


Current Conclusions

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Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance Consistency pays off Decline in success due to:

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Fishing pressure has increased DOW management

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Philosophy and regulation

High water Stocking Availability


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Water Temperature Water Clarity Wind Inlet conditions / water currents Structure Baitfish - Shad 

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Location & spawning

Weather Pressure / Human factors Lake Levels Keep a thorough journal


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April 1 through Mid May Target   

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Shallow Shelves with adjacent deep water Inlets 15’ ledges

3”-4” large baitfish patterns Concentrate efforts early and later in the day I like a consistent 5-10mph breeze pushing towards structure and currents Water temp: 48 – 55 degrees


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Mid May through July 1 As temps rise fish move to 10’+ water Sporadic Action w/good days Bigger attractor based patterns 

Concentrate on structure  

6”, black, red, yellow, olive & brown Shad are taking cover in flooded areas Use bass fishing techniques

Look for schools of carp, concentrated flocks of birds & ‘current spots’


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July through September Water levels drop considerably Look to deeper water along dams and outlets Shad will ball up for protection  

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Fish to the sides and underneath the bait balls Smaller flies – juvenile shad imitaions

Early morning & Late Evening & at night Typically find smaller wiper Efforts tend to switch to carp fishing


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September through end of October May find Blitzing Wiper 

Surface feeding scenarios

Resurgence of wiper activity  

Similar to spring fishing Look towards wind blown shores, structure and balled up bait


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6wt – 9wt rods Quality saltwater capable reels 

Spring / Fall  

Smooth, sealed disc drag system Clear waters 9’ – 12’ Flouro leader to 1X, 2X, 3X

Summer / Deep Scenarios  

7’ – 9’ Flouro 0X, 1X, 2X Warmer waters, off color


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Thermometer Binoculars Belly Boat Power Boat Waders (that DO NOT leak!) Fly Lines 

Clear Intermediate Sink Tip lines  3-5ips

Full Sink 300gr  6-10 ips

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Fish/Depth Finder Hook Sharpener


Strip-Strip-Strip-Pause 

Striiiiiiiiiip 

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Two to four inch strips Long, four foot, slow consistent strips

Jigging Trolling Fan-casting – searching for fish Steelhead style cast & move three feet Reverse Double Hauling for wind


Distance Casting in the wind 

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Competent at 50’-80’

Prepare for cold weather Have a variety of flies Keep a journal Belly Boat in the truck Above all: undying patience & persistence


Clear Waters / Inlets / Outlets / Spring Fishing  

Cloudy Water / Summer    

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3” – 7” attractor baits Crayfish, shad, other forage fish, trout Bright colors, heavier flies Flies that move water and make noise

Busting fish 

3”-5” shad imitations Silvers, Whites, Black, Purple Contrasting Colors

Shad Surface flies – poppers Fiber flies Jigging flies

I like flies with CONTRAST and Movement Durability and Fishability is key


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