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I was just looking over the state record fish on this website. (As an aside ... this is the greatest friggin' website! ;D Thanks!) Some records may last a while -- a 30-pound brown -- that's a freak fish!

On the other hand, the state record smallie was five pounds-twelve ounces from Navajo Reservoir. Big fish, sure, but I know there are bigger smallies out there right now -- probably in Aurora and Chatfield Reservoirs -- and probably other places too. I saw photos of a couple pre-spawn female (?) pigs from Aurora earlier this year that must have gone around five pounds each.

A new state record, 40-plus pound tiger is swimming around out there too. In fact, I'm pretty sure the monster that broke me off a couple years ago at Quincy was bigger than that! (Actually, it was big, but probably not THAT big).

Don't you think these records are going to fall, if not this season, within a couple years? Interested in input ....
 

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Here is just a case of that...Back in 2003 i was fishing Pueblo Res...This a Spotted Bass and it was atleast 3lbs and 18" long...i was kicking myself when i got home and saw what the record was  :eek:

 

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a state record smallie is in quincy and aurora. quincy also has state record large mouth's. as for breaking my state tiger good luck with that! it's been 12 years and no one has come close! the one i didn't catch that day was almost that large! they're still in there.
 

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The state record smallmouth is in the yampa, and have been caught, but released of course. At harvey gap last year, there was a 6 pound and change smallie caught but the guy fileted it before an extra dow guy could witness it.
The state record pike will be going down if I try hard enough.
 

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actually, it would probably be more beneficial to harvest more moderate sized bass, in the 15-17" range. maybe even smaller if that were legal. In some places in colorado, there is a slot for trout to be kept, why not bass?
 

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Biggest I caught out of Q what about 2 1/2 lbs a couple years ago. It was on topwater and it seemed like 4 lbs when it hit. All other have been dinks.
I'll go with Atown or Chat for the state record smallie.
Aren't they trying to get the smallies in the Yampa out of there? Seems like they were trying to protect some endangered species or something like that.
 

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The record will fall this year if I have anything to do with it. I feel like I'm on a roll and it will only be a matter of timing. Look to hear from me soon.
 

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I think Roth or someone else has good shot this year at Aurora!!! I just wish we could get everyone to stop killing all the 3-4 lbers there :mad: Not a catch and release zealot, but i can't stand to see big bass killed.

I spent about an hour casting over a huge smallie at Quincy last year. She was sitting on a small rock pile and wouldn't give me the time of day ???
 

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Get get em Roth, just leave me a little room to get my bass boat on Senac point. I'm not hell bent on catching the state record but it would be a kick to see someone catch it.
Let the smallies go at Aurora I say.
If you get the urge to keep one let me know and I'll buy you a Big Mac instead.
 

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Hammer said:
Get get em Roth, just leave me a little room to get my bass boat on Senac point. I'm not hell bent on catching the state record but it would be a kick to see someone catch it.
Let the smallies go at Aurora I say.
If you get the urge to keep one let me know and I'll buy you a Big Mac instead.
All my smallies are swimmin in the lake and maybe a little smarter than before. They just aren't as fun to eat as they are to catch. I agree with Neal about those people that are keeping those larger smallies. It just bugs me when they walk by with one on the stringer.
 

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Hammer said:
Aren't they trying to get the smallies in the Yampa out of there?
Yes, and I've heard that many of them have been placed in Elk head. Which I don't think is open yet, but I'm not sure.
 

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Hammer said:
Get get em Roth, just leave me a little room to get my bass boat on Senac point. I'm not hell bent on catching the state record but it would be a kick to see someone catch it.
Let the smallies go at Aurora I say.
If you get the urge to keep one let me know and I'll buy you a Big Mac instead.
All my smallies are swimmin in the lake and maybe a little smarter than before.  They just aren't as fun to eat as they are to catch.  I agree with Neal about those people that are keeping those larger smallies.  It just bugs me when they walk by with one on the stringer.
I couldn't agree with you more Roth...it bugs the hell out of me too...
 

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I'm with Neal/CO. I hate seeing big bass kept -- especially the big females off spawning beds! A lot of states protect spawning gamefish. I'd be happy with DOW regs to do that, and slot limits too!
 

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RAVEN_67, is that the infamous Jason Potter?  If so, your the man and I will break your record someday.  Maybe we can go fishing together and you can give me some tips?  That was one hell of a fish.
 

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johnnyO, the smallmouth they put in elkhead (not many mind you, most are killed) are dead and gone anyway because of the low water levels. This year they are putting the few they decide to not kill in the craig justice center ponds. whoopie. The yampa has plenty of state records, both pike and smallies.
 

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Not to highjack this tread but I have often wondered this.  Lets say you catch a smallie over the state record but the only way to get it weighed/certified would mean taking it off the lake and it would die.  Do you keep the fish or do you return it to the water?

A smallie that big would probably be near the end of its life in age. I think I'd return it to the water but not 100% sure.
 

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that can be a tough choice for some.

for me its a no brainer, return it! my name on a paper someware dont mean squat to me. certainly wouldnt KILL a fish just to have the record.
 

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Not to highjack this tread but I have often wondered this.  Lets say you catch a smallie over the state record but the only way to get it weighed/certified would mean taking it off the lake and it would die.  Do you keep the fish or do you return it to the water?

A smallie that big would probably be near the end of its life in age. I think I'd return it to the water but not 100% sure.
Good question, Kirby.  Its possible you can release it and get the state record if the length is long enough.  The state has classes for both kept and released fish.  

If you release it make sure you have a witness and a picture.  If you don't have a picture you need 2 witnesses.

Dan
 
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