They are like the bass waiting until the water warms up a little more then they will be everywhere!
I'm thinking about getting out there and slow moving a texas rigged crawdad see if any early prespawners are moving up. The large bass come in first so you'll (I'll) want to be out soon.
I have tried Chatfeild and Pueblo no luck on the bass. Soon!!!!!!!!!!! Just purchased a pond prowler from BP hopefully get on some of the smaller lakes where the water warms much quicker. Fishing Cedar Bluffs in the first week of April cannot wait.
McFish-I'm addicted to bass fishing and I ain't looking for a cure . I caught some largemouth from a pond about a week ago and it was like saying hello to an old friend. I got a bass hunter type small boat and I just love it-I fish all the ponds and smaller lakes with it and use my larger fishing boat for Pueblo and larger lakes. I think you'll really like that boat you bought-it opens up fishing so many smaller waters and really comes in handespecially early in the season like right now. Good luck with the new rig!! Ed
Bass? Sure, I am a natinve Texan who is now involved in walleye tournaments and conservation. Pasted is a report I wrote for a few web sites after fishing a bass tournament in New Mexico.
From Dave Kooser on the BigFishTackle.com Board
Not a Colorado fishing report but a ?Colorado holds its own? story. Last week I received an e-mail about a bass tournament being held on Ute Reservoir in New Mexico, the Logan Open Bass Tournament. I have never fished Ute and never fished in a bass only tournament but got a wild hair and called another Colorado Walleye Association member [Michael Rathe] who agreed to fish it with me. Friday @ 3pm we were on the water tied up with Jig/Pigs, cranks, tube jigs, senkos and spinnerbaits?you know, all the ?bass? stuff and were headed into the weeds and trees, the habitat that typically holds bass. As I throttled down my aluminum Crestliner into a bassy looking cove, a few guys standing on a $60K, 95 MPH bass chasing rocket driven platform turned, looked, and shook their heads in disgust. We pitched all we had for a few hours with not even a bite. Friday evening after getting a few tips from Elephant Butte fishing guide Brian Stangel that the largemouth bite was off and that 5 decent smallies each day would place, we changed our strategy and rerigged all our rods with walleye jigs and smaller plastics.
Saturday am blast off ? what blast off? At 3800 feet, my 17.5 Crestliner powered by an Evenrude 150 is a screamer ? capable of 45 MPH but even that looked like a turtle in a hares race. As we eased into our first area and watched another team net a 2 lb smallie, I turned to my partner and asked if nets were allowed, I thought nets were not allowed in bass tournaments and I had left mine at home. The ledger of things working against us was growing. It took a few hours for us to land our first under sized smallie but once we figured out the depth and location, the flood gates opened. We were all alone fishing the dam because of the wind and waves crashing directly into the dam and bass guys don?t like wind but we were in our realm, it was as though we were walleye fishing. We bagged 5 keepers in less than 1.5 hours and drew no attention from the others. We then culled out a 12 incher and replaced it with a 13.5 incher. At the end of the day, we were sitting in 4th place with 6.55 lbs.
Sunday - same routine, same location, same lures but the bite was a little tougher and we only weighed 4 fish for a tournament total of 11.23 lbs. A big thanks goes to Brian Stangel of ABQ Sportfishing (www.abqsportfishing.com) for the location tips and a bigger thanks to all the other contestants who let us cash a 3rd place check on Sunday. I might be a bit presumptuous but I do believe that the 47 other teams, all southern gentlemen from Texas, New Mexico and a few from Colorado felt sorry for us and let us take home some of their excess money. If ever in Logan (Ute) stop in and see Mona and Bill at the Tackle Box, they know the lake well and stock what it takes to catch fish there.
I used to go largemouth bassin' a lot. I usually fish the Boulder area and Loveland area for bass. Longmont's good too. Most of the places that I go to have already been mentioned on some of the threads in this forum.
Favorite bass lures & times to fish:
Late March to mid April (mornings and dusk):
plastic worms (Culprit), jig & pig
Late April to Late May (mornings and dusk):
Yo Zuri - Aile Goby, Yum Crawbug, Berkley Power Bait Power Craw, Rattlin Rapala,
Late May into Summer
Rapala Original Floater, Rapala Jointed, Heddon Zara Spook, Heddon Zara Puppy, Bass Assasin' Shad Assasin
the place that turned me on to fishing for bass was the lake or pond in evans colorado when we use to live there
cought a 9 pounder there it was a nice one then i put it
back made alot of fishermen around me yell
what are you doing
i told them that it was to nice to keep and i walked away
I just started learning how to Bass fish last year. I fished at Chatfield from early May till October caught a ton of small fish but did manage to land 3 smallies over 20" Used a tube jig the entire year and never had a slow day. That lake must be full of crawdads. Can't wait to get out this year and see how they have grow over the winter....
I grew up in Kansas City and had incredible fishing for bass, crappie and white bass.
I went thru a fly fishing phase for about ten years but that seems to be in remission Now I fish for everything at the optimal times for each species. Walleye and Pike are favorite fish now, but I still fish for bass here by my house at least once a week. I love Pike fishing because I can use my baitcasters and fish alot of the same lures I use for bass fishing!
I live five minutes from Quincy and Aurora resevoirs, so that is where I fish for bass alot. Lonetree is excellent also! Pueblo is good for just sheer numbers.
that fish is my passion it is the fish that hooked me now i live in the mountians and only get to fish them 5-6 times a year but i love them dont get me wrong browns and bass have some serious simularitys
Don't get me wrong I love to fish period! I have all the fly goodies also. There is just something about throwing baits to cover and having a bass inhale it. Or better yet a big bass exploding on a topwater bait. Biggest largemouth right at 8 , biggest smallie 6.5, and kentucky 3. Getting myself worked up. Kansas is one of my favorites for largemouth. Going to Cedar Bluffs the first week in April.
I am very unfamiliar with some of the smaller lakes in the area but I hope to change that with the small boat. 50+ degree water here we come.
My biggest Largemouth was from a small farm pond in Kansas. It was 23 1/2 inchs long and weighed 7lbs. I have caught several smallies around 3lbs in the Ozarks and one at Pueblo. I would love to catch a big smallie!!!!
My biggest smallmouth was about a 4 pounder caught at Chatfield. The great thing about bass is it does not matter how big they are, they Fight!
At Chatfield before you start seeing the schools of shad fry on the surface we find a great to get bass is to use a soft plastic, crawler lure (like yum or berkely make) at least 2-3 inches long. put it on a jig head like a pig and jig combo or since they are usually hollow the kind i use. put the jig in side and drag it tail first.
In water 6-12 feet just drag it slowly, less than 1/2 mph and let it bounce along the bottom on just enough line to keep it on the bottom. We caught dozens of bass that way and an occasional trout too.
Its a less agressive method and a person can still fish more aggressively with a rapala or other type of lure.
When the shad fry appear, I found the best way to fish smallies is to watch for shad jumping. that is usually followed by rise from a fish taking shad fry. At this time I keep a top water shad imitation and cast past the rise, reel it in like most other top-waters with a stop, start, twitching fast, slow erratic type action, I get tons of hits this way when nothing else seems to work.
Hey Dan-Heres another trick I learned-just throw out a senko and then drift/fish like you normally would with a tube or whatever. Fish will take that senko and just hold on forever,letting you set the hook whenever. Course, you need a pair of foreceps or needle nose pliers because bass tend to really swallow this bait and you sometimes have to perform some delicate surgery. Ed