Saw Lonetree yesterday. Level is way down. Fishing from shore was impossible, as far out as I could cast it was about 3 ft. deep. Possibly with a boat you could do OK at the north end in deeper water, otherwise forget it. (Boat ramps are still usable.)
A stocking truck came out and dumped in a huge load of little catfish. Gotta feed those wipers!
I have caught nice bass (3 - 4 lb.) out of both Boyd and Lon Hagler, but not on a reliable basis. On any given day you could connect with a few, but you could just as likely get skunked.
W.E.: Thanks for the report on Lonetree. It's good to hear the DOW is keeping the lakes full. I'm sure those were edible size cats, right? My wife (bassgirl22)asked in the poll about those five lakes because that's all we know. So a good day to us is 9 bass around 9-12 inches. I'm sure others are better. Can anyone give us any hints to better big bass lakes?
Have you tried Dixon lake on the west edge of Fort Collins? I don't know what it has been doing lately, but earlier this year the guys were going out there and giving the bass lots of exercise ;D on a regular basis.
Sorry for the delay, had to dig up a Ft. Collins map to make sure I got the streets right.
Go west on Drake Rd. through Ft. Collins until you get stopped by a T intersection with Overland Trail at the extreme west side of town. Turn right (north) on Overland just a few blocks and then turn left (west) on Cty. Rd. 42C. I don't know if it has an actual street name or not. Follow 42C until it turns left and passes by Dixon Lake. (Reservoir, actually.) There is a turn-in where you can go in and park.
It doesn't look like much, but there are bass in it and they are catchable. Topwater poppers provide a lot of fun, and they will take spinnerbaits and plastic worms as well.