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All about fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass in Colorado lakes.

Bass fishing in Colorado

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Colorado.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on your local lakes.

Colorado Bass Fishing Lakes

Colorado's cold water is a limiting factor on bass fishing in CO. Many of the fisheries are too cold for bass. Those that are warm enough have a shorter growth season than lakes in the southern part of the states. Still there are nice opportunities for bass fishing in Colorado. Some of the major impoundments with a population of bass include Adobe Creek Reservoir, Aurora Reservoir, Bonny Reservoir, Carter Lake, Chatfield Reservoir, Echo Canyon Reservoir, Horsetooth Reservoir, Lathrop State Park, McPhee Reservoir, Navajo Reservoir, Ridgway Reservoir and Standley Lake


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Catch big bass!

The Colorado state record largemouth bass was taken out of Echo Canyon Reservoir and the CO state record smallmouth bass came from Navajo Reservoir.

Fishing for bass In Colorado

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

CO State Record: 11 lbs 6 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

CO State Record: 6 lbs 8 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

CO State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

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Bass fishing information, by state.


Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Colorado bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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