??? Kansas State record bass is 11 lbs., 12 oz set in 1977 so its old no signs of improvement. Our state record is 11 lbs., 6 oz set in 1997 which shows signs of better bass fishing from a state not known for bass fishing. Kansas may have more bass lakes then here but I wouldnt say they are bigger bass. 3-5 lbers are common in both states.McFish said:To get into big bass Kansas is the answer.
Yeah. Connected lakes is a small pond but a 3 lb. fish is the average. I've seen pictures in the daily sentinel and stuff and seen a bunch of 8+ pounders out of there. Bass in the 5-8 lb. range are fiarly common (my largest landed is only 6 lbs, but plenty in the 5 lb. range), but it is too small a pond IMO to have anything over about 12 or 13.McFish said:I will admit that I have never fished the western slope maybe it is different there?
It has very few bass in it anymore. It used to have vast populations of 3 lb. schools of largemouth swimming around but now only has few. Since most west slope waters are not allowed to be stocked with anything warmwater, this occured. Also, DOW kept the limit at the louzy 5 fish 15" or greater, when they should've been protected. That limit may be 2 now but I'm not sure. I've seen that picture and heard the stories of the 17 lb. bass but it may or may not be true. I thought once I read about it in the paper but I'm not sure. Epic and rottal showed how easy it is to doctor photos in some thread a while back.waterwolves said:What would be a good day at Harvey Gap fishing? 10 fish? Might go if I can. I have a three day weekend coming up.
Oh, I'm sure they exist over here on the west slope, IMO probably in much more common numbers than on the east slope since we have less people that can fish for them in certain areas.Neal/CO said:I have no doubt there are six lb smallies here in Colorado! I would bet they exist here in Aurora and Chatfield. Maybe on the Western slope?
TroutFishingBear said:Oh, I'm sure they exist over here on the west slope, IMO probably in much more common numbers than on the east slope since we have less people that can fish for them in certain areas.Neal/CO said:I have no doubt there are six lb smallies here in Colorado! I would bet they exist here in Aurora and Chatfield. Maybe on the Western slope?
Record possibilites for smallmouth: 1) Yampa River. Smallmouth abound in the 12" range, but fat, and many up to 18" are easily caught in 1 day. (I give an 18" smallmouth on the yampa nearly 4 lbs., these fish are extremely fat, probably because they gorge on crayfish on young smallmouth!) And I did catch a smallmouth that was almost 20" and almost 5 lbs. The only curveball with the yampa is how it is managed. USFWS blasts that thing with electricity yearly to try to take out the smallmouth and pike. If possible, they take the biggest of these species they see. I also believe that when the river bed gets blasted with electricity, it has a high mortality rate on the crayfish. In little yampa canyon, I floated the yampa about 1 week after they shocked it and found many dead crayfish near the bank in many places, blown apart. Their state of decation was appx. equal to 1 week. So a food source is slowly leaving them. Also, the limit for smallmouth is UNLIMITED. Enough said. Also, the best fishing in the yampa river is in tough to access canyons, thus making record fish easily caught but less likely to be brought out and shown to authorities. Do I think the yampa has a lot of record smallmouth? Yeah, I know it does. Saw too many 3-5 lbers swimming in the water to think differently. Do I think people will catch record smallmouth out of the yampa? Yeah, but they will either be eaten or less likely to be shown to the authorities to get the record. Do I think the fishing on the yampa will last? No, we all have the ESA and USFWS and CDOW to thank for that. Fishery also has a chance for record northern pike.
2) Juniata Reservoir: A walk in reservoir that you cannot boat with fish that are well fed from extremly numerous crayfish and very smart. I have caught marble eyes up to almost 4 lbs here and saw some guy (when icefishing was legal) catch when he weighed at almost 4.5 lbs. Most of the smallmouth shore anglers will catch will be the small ones near the dam, but every now and then you get lucky. If icefishing is ever reallowed here, I think the record could easily be caught then. As wierd as it sounds, I saw many huge smallmouth landed when icefishing it. The smallmouth need this limit IMO, 5 fish, under 12 OR 4 fish under 12" and 1 fish greater than 18". This lake also has rainbow trout record potential, and largemouth bass record potential, although the populations of both are low.
3)Harvey Gap Reservoir: The big momma was probably already caught AND KEPT AND KILLED this spring with a 6? something caught. I'm sure if there is one there is another swimming around.