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Near Fort Collins/Loveland, Horsetooth and Lake Loveland both have good Smallmouth populations. I've done well at both places on chartruese jigs tipped with half a nightcrawler. Chatfield also has a ton of smallies, and it's hard to get skunked fishing off the dam with live baitfish, jigs or plastic worms. I've also heard great things about Aurora smallies but have never fished there.
 

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Neal,
Are you using tube jigs for the smallies at Aurora?
They have worked for me in the past but this year it's been tougher for me. Finesse worms?
Last fall I hooked into a monster smallie off a point
and as he jumped out of the water, he spit the tube.
I've been after him ever since.
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If you want to catch smallies this time of year its easy.


Fish chatfield 2 hours before dark untill 2 hours after dark.


Top water bait along rocks or in structur {spelling}


I have caught 10+ every time I have been out to that lake in this time period using this method.


I never get to excited though because I have found 99.999 percent of smallies in colorado waters are to small to keep. As a matter of fact I have caught over 500 smallies my self and have never caught a keeper on any metro lake, including aurora union, horse, chat, cherry, adams county fg, I do not know if I am jus un lucky or if DOW has issues in theire progam..

Maybe I am not a good fisherman for bass but I have tried every tecniQue from bottom bouncing to surface poppers for bass..

If you ask me though a 12 inch smallie fights better than a 24 inch rainbow. I dont care about the circumstance.

SOOO if you are looking to catch fish and not keep them, want to have a great fight, use my techniQue as listed earlier in the post.



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i heard a record small mouth was pulled out of that little lake off of kipling and florida, i forgot what the name of it was, i never caught a small mouth, may be by the end of summer ill get lucky.
 

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i heard a record small mouth was pulled out of that little lake off of kipling and florida, i forgot what the name of it was, i never caught a small mouth, may be by the end of summer ill get lucky.
I think we could be talking about Smith Reservoir. There were 2 state record smallies from here but that was decades ago before the residential buildout.

There are still a few smallmouth (largemouth too) in here but man is it tough going sometimes...and lots of carp.
 
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