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I used to catch huge bluegill at Tabor Lake(Prospect Lakes) in Wheat Ridge. That came to a screeching halt when the DOW introduced perch. Now that is about all there is left. Does anyone know anyplace else to hook into 8"+ bluegill in Colorado? Thanks, for your input.
 
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Sunman, If anyone says to try Ramah Res. east of the Springs, don't bother. It's about dried up. That used to a great place for gills and Bass.
 

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Prospect Ponds (wheatridge)

I fish there a lot and West Lake and Bass Lake still have some decent Bluegill...all articial/fly only but small poppers knock 'em dead. Most are 6" but I will see a few 8-inchers...

If you come across some nice 10" bluegill, let me know. I love to hammer those little guys with my kids.

Yellow perch...what were they thinking? Those things are like cockroaches in a water system (IMO).
 

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Mattsabasser said:
Yellow perch...what were they thinking? Those things are like cockroaches in a water system (IMO).
agreed. Panfish introductions always seem to be more harmful to an ecosystem than say even introduction of pike because panfish, especially perch, are exremely prolific, as well as piscivorous even at a small size. Perch are evil fish except they taste good.
As for big bluegill, at jerry creek you can catch 10"+ bluegill all day long if you want to and you know what to use. (of course, this is during the summer, spring time stinks for big gills because they are still deeper and boats aren't allowed.) purdy mesa, aka hollenbeck reservoir (the lake that has the weighed state record for bluegill) has a good amount of nice ones left, even though they are stunted some. 7" is the average, but when icefishing used to be allowed I caught several bluegill up to about 10". I like big ugly pistol petes, bass senkos, and rapala skitter pops for big bluegills.
 

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I also forgot-
Harvey gap reservoir, near rifle gap, has great bluegill. Average is a solid 7" with many larger available. Icefishing for bluegill here is also EXCELLENT!!!

If any of you still have this, read it
Colorado Fishing and Hunting News
June 21-July 5, 2001 issue
Page 44
It's not just pike that are drawing anglers to Harvey Gap Reservoir. "People are doing very good on trout and bluegill and bass," says Firmin. "It's just a very diverse array of fish coming in, and they're good sized. We had one bluegill landed that was 14 inches long."

If you guys can dig out that old magazine and read it and see I'm not making it up, that would be great. I've never seen a bluegill that big out of harvey gap, but once caught a 10.5 or 11" (around there) about 6 years ago.
 

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Jerry Creek reservoir. Average gill is 1 and a half pounds and about 11". Two pounders are common. Best baits are flies, small poppers, small crankbaits, and small tubes or grubs. You can see roving schools of 2 pound bluegills. I have landed 4 honest to goodness three pound bluegills here.
The largemouth bass usually weigh 1 - 2 pounds, with some 3 - 5 pounders and the very occasional bigger one. But the are plentiful and easy to catch here. In fact, harvest of small bass should be allowed as they are starting to stunt a bit.
 
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no 8 inchers, but if im in a fun little kiddy mood my friends and i will sit up all night tossin 1/8 inch sections of worm about a foot from shore at the chatfield ponds and get one every toss, its fun, but not big
 
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