Kriley Pond, CO

After finally getting a US driver’s license, I was able to head out on my own and go fishing. I consulted the Colorado Fishing Atlas (more about that in another post) and decided that Kriley Pond in Golden Gate Canyon State Park looked like a decent place to check out. I got up early on a Sunday morning and headed up into the mountains on my first solo drive + fishing trip. Once I got there, I picked up an annual pass to all state parks ($70), and then set out to hit the pond and see what I could come up with.

To make a long story short, I caught absolutely nothing again here. It was more practice on my casting (with a few hookings on the back-cast, because they were rehabilitating the banks of the pond and had that mesh stuff holding it together). I didn’t feel too bad because there was (what looked like) a grand-father, father, son trio who were bait fishing, and I only saw them catch one fish the whole time I was there. The fish were taunting me a bit though, and I saw a few rises here and there which kept me going for a while. There was one dying fish floating near the North-East corner of the pond which was a bit weird (I fished along the North shore, to give the family space on the South-East corner near the parking lot).

After a while of no bites, and it not being particularly interesting to fish a dead-calm pond, I gave up and decided to go for a hike. GGCSP has a bunch of trails, and it was a really nice hike up into the forest a bit. There are some undeveloped campgrounds back up in there that might make for a nice weekender as well (no water/facilities, but a pretty short hike to get up in there).

Nearby (just down the road) Slough Pond might be worth a shot if I head back to this location.

Cherry Creek Reservoir/State Park

With nothing else planned for Labor Day, I decided to go fishing at Cherry Creek State Park (Reservoir). I got Erika to drop me off (she was headed to IKEA or something I think), and I strolled around looking for a spot to fish from. I found a small stone “spit” and decided to give that a shot. Still don’t really know what I’m looking for when it comes to “good places to fish from” though. The reservoir itself was pretty heavily trafficked with folks on paddle boards, boats, etc, so even though this was a relatively quiet spot, I didn’t have very high hopes. The kids stomping around throwing rocks into the water from the spit probably didn’t help, and I didn’t get any bits from there.

After a while, a family left from a nearby small section of beach, so I gave that a shot as well, but had no luck there either. It ended up being a day of just practicing my casting (don’t know if I’m doing it right, but it seems to get out there).

When Erika came to pick me up a few hours later, I hadn’t had a single bite, sign of a fish or anything. I’d tried a few different fly options (don’t remember which), but nothing had helped. I don’t even really know if there were any fish in there (and the water was pretty cloudy), so don’t know if I “should” have caught anything, but it was a nice day out anyway.