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No, I just wish it was me. Those were taken at Blue Mesa Reservoir. The pictures were posted by the DOW on there website.
 

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Bass get that big and bigger. People don't realize how big of bass Colorado can grow if they are properly managed. For one thing, the 15" minimum length limit just assures all mature fish will be kept and not released.
I saw a picture of a 17 pound largemouth caught out of Harvey Gap Reservoir once. It would have been a record in 46 states, but the angler ate it. Just shows Colorado can grow big bass thought not like Texas, California, and most of the South can. Just need to persuade the biologists to lift the minimum length limit and make either a slot limit or where bass over 15" have to be released.
 

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Ice-I have a real hard time believing Harvey Gap or any other lake in CO gave up a 17 lb. bass. A picture isn't "proof" that the fish was caught in a particular lake. This sounds like a fish story to me. Ed
 

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wmccree said:
I thought the state record was arounf 11.5 pounds.  ???
actually its 11.6 so you're right right around there, but thats still a pretty big bass.
 

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I heard it was a 16 lb. largemouth out of harvey gap. It was caught several years ago...I think I remember reading an article in the newspaper about it. The guy ate it so it didn't count. Just like that 25 lb. rainbow out of rifle gap a guy ate that thought it was a laker.

Yeah, they get that big here. I broke off one at least that big last year at connected lakes. They aren't as big as texas though, obviously, but our bass fishing is definitely under rated. I could go out today, right now, and have a 50/50 shot at a 5 lb. largemouth at connected lakes...of course I'd also have about a 50/50 shot of getting skunked. In connected lakes, 8 pounders are caught regularly...there was a rumor of a 14 pounder last year but in those small of ponds, I doubt it's true.
Don't let it fool you completely, colorado isn't the bass state the southern states are, but it is a quality bass state.
 

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TFB-In one sentence you talk about breaking off a fish at connected lakes that was at least 16 lbs. Then a few sentences later you talk about a rumor of a 14 lb'er at connected lakes but you doubt it. Which is it?
 

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TFB-In one sentence you talk about breaking off a fish at connected lakes that was at least 16 lbs. Then a few sentences later you talk about a rumor of a 14 lb'er at connected lakes but you doubt it. Which is it?
You didn't understand. I meant I broke off one at least the size of the one at the picture. I didn't mean the huge monster at harvey gap. Meaning the fish I broke off at connected lakes was NOT 16 pounds, I'm thinking it was probably about 8lbs, could've been up to about 10. I never got a long look at it.
 

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I would be surprised if there was a 14 or 16 lb bass caught in CO.  Until I see the archive from a "verifiable" source I have to cry BS.  I would love to see it though, but we need to face the facts. Conditions just aren't right for us to be pulling lunkers out like that.  Also, eaten or not, there would be pictures all over the place of it.  If anyone can tell me the "paper" that it was in I'll do the research to prove myself wrong....but it won't happen  ;)
 

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I like Cedar Bluffs. Many of the lakes have large bass that are fished because the lake may be known for walleye or crappie. Kansas has some the best bass fishing in the country. Added bonus the state employees are pleasant and happy to see you! I will be there next week.
 

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I would be surprised if there was a 14 or 16 lb bass caught in CO. Until I see the archive from a "verifiable" source I have to cry BS. I would love to see it though, but we need to face the facts. Conditions just aren't right for us to be pulling lunkers out like that. Also, eaten or not, there would be pictures all over the place of it. If anyone can tell me the "paper" that it was in I'll do the research to prove myself wrong....but it won't happen ;)
I doubt it some too, but I seem to remember reading it somewhere. It may have been heresay, it was I believe what, 5 years ago?

According to a fishing and hunting news magazine (June21st-July 5, 2001 issue) on pg. 44 on the harvey gap article it says they had a 14" bluegill landed.(If anyone cares to confirm it, please do so) I haven't seen any pictures of that fish either...so you can never know if a publication is 100% correct or not.
 

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If in the Kansas City or Topeka area. Try Lake Perry in between Topeka and Lawrence or Lake Clinton near Lawrence. I have fished these lakes for years (its where I am from). They have monster bass and crappie.

John
 
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