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Old 02-27-2009, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

The wife and I just moved here Maryland We fished at a few lakes and had a lot of fun catching bass. What are some lakes within an hour of Denver that have bass and decent places to fish from the shore? We have 10 lbs. test on our rods which worked fine in Maryland, but will that be enough for the lakes here? Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For early season bass I use 6lb stren mono, finesse, slow and small (3"-4" worms or sluggos on 2/0 worm hooks) presentations work best for me. Most local lakes hold bass, you just have to do a little research to figure out which lakes are closest to you.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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first off, I want to be the 2nd guy here to say "welcome to Colorado".

the fishing here is off the chain, probably not as good as it is out east for warmwater species... but you can get into some pigs here if you know where to look. first thing you gotta do is purchase a book called "fishing close to home". go to gander mtn. off I-25 in thornton or I-225 in Aurora. they got a holder full of them right by the fishing reel department.

from that book, there's hundreds of lakes to choose from in the front range area from wellington all the way down to penrose. I won't say specific spots, but if you like bass.... start exploring the lower elevations of boulder county.

if you want bass here, honestly.... I'm not the bass expert, but I usually use 6 lb berkley fireline with 4 feet of a 6-8 pound flouro leader for my line to keep from inhibiting the movement of lures and having enough strength to bring in most things that bite my line.

my favorite bass lures to use here are jointed rapalas in brown, spinnerbaits with a colorado blade, and senkos in watermelon with a black flake. bass here will typically hit better during the evening or mornings on topwater during summer.. and I'll use senkos in smaller weedy ponds. I cast out to open holes in weed beds and let the lure drift.. and wait for the line to dart in the other direction.

you'll get tons of good advice on here...
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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main thing to do if you want help is to post reports dont just ask for info. there are a bunch of guys on here that if you don't give real good info they will ride ya, just blow em off and ignore them and have fun.

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Old 02-28-2009, 09:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. Great suggestions. Looking forward to doing some fishing in CO.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Quincy is top notch from a boat, but pretty good from shore as well in the spring. That's the first bass
water I hit up when moving out here from Buffalo, NY and my go to lake if I'm in a slump. Its only 15-30 minutes from Denver (depending on which side of town you live). You need to learn a lot of different presentations though. I mainly fished a curly tailed grub on a jig hook before I moved out here and realized that won't work most of the time, especially in a lake like Quincy that's loaded with weeds near shore. Think weedless....Texas rigs, jigs with weedguards, spinnerbaits, etc. Good luck and welcome to CO.
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Hey Fredo, I'm originally from Buffalo. Good to hear from a fellow Buffalonian!

I am on the East side of Denver so I will definitely check out Quincy. Sounds good on the Texas rig...that is what I used to catch bass in Maryland and it worked like a charm.
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Quincy Reservoir in Aurora is good for bass, especially in the spring.
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