Coffee Pot

Has anyone noticed that it hasn't fished as well over the last couple of years?

Wondering if it's getting poached, or if the plants aren't surviving.

I know the water is lower than it has been in years and years, but there are plenty of deep places for the fish to cool off. I don't think it's the water level.

Just wondering why/what the difference has been...


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My guess would be that it's the "new" Chopaka, much easier to reach and until recently bigger fish. Harvest is allowed but how many exceed the one fish over 18'' limit is anybody's guess. And it's not fly fishing only but selective gear.

A lot of people will use any means possible to catch a large trout and those aren't the type of folks that are inclined to return said fish to water. Or stop at just one. I expect the decline to continue going forward and am just grateful I got to fish it before the doldrums set in.

For me it is a 4 hour drive and there are lakes within an hours drive that have similar fishing. The Coffee Pot drive has lost a lot of it's appeal. My advice would be to research and sample some lakes closer to home that have outstanding fisheries. And when you find them keep quiet about it. We don't all need to know where the latest best fishing is. I fish some lakes over here in the NE corner that in all my years on this board I have never mentioned. Some years they are just dynamite while in other years not even average. The point is the less they are mentioned for better or worse, the less traffic they will see overall. Loose Lips Foil Fishing.