Top Places for Bass Fishing in Colorado

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Centennial State bass anglers have a corner on the market. Because the state's biggest draws are big-game and bird hunting, trout fishing and skiing, Colorado's exceptional bass fishing opportunities often fly under the radar, but not anymore! Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Colorado.

Pueblo Reservoir

Pueblo Reservoir is fed by the Arkansas River and rests at an elevation of 4,690 feet. The lake has 4,500 surface acres with over 60 miles of shoreline and depths from six to 100 feet. 

Lake Pueblo offers great fishing opportunities for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, which have a 15 inch minimum length limit. Fish the shoreline at dawn, dusk or at night; or troll the depths with large plugs, jigs or spoons during daylight hours.


To get there take Interstate Route 25 to Pueblo, and then U.S. Route 50 west for four miles. Turn south on Pueblo Boulevard and go four miles to Thatcher Avenue. Turn west and drive six miles to the park.

Horsetooth Lake 

This 6.5-mile long reservoir was constructed as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project by building four large earth-filled dams: Spring Creek, Dixon Canyon and Soldier Canyon dams, each approximately 210 feet high. These dams were built across openings in the long hogback forming the eastern side of the reservoir while Horsetooth Dam was constructed across the north end. The reservoir is adjacent to Lory State Park. The lake rests at an elevation of 5,430 feet and covers 1,875 surface acres. 

Horsetooth Reservoir contains largemouth and smallmouth bass and is open to fishing year-round. Work the weedy shallows with noisy topwater lures for largemouths and ply the rocky points and drop-offs for big smallmouths


McPhee Reservoir

The reservoir has a maximum surface area of 4,470 acres and is located on the Dolores River in the San Juan National Forest north of Cortez, Colorado. The Lone Dome Recreation Area is below McPhee.

The lake has over 50 miles of shoreline and several long, narrow tree-lined canyons. It is one of the largest lakes in Colorado with a maximum water depth at the dam of 270 feet. 

Because McPhee is in a river canyon much of the best fishing is accessible only by boat. In the side canyons, wakeless boating zones have been established to allow still-water fishing.

Home to some king-sized smallmouth bass, fish under 15 inches in length must be released immediately.

For more information on Colorado's great bass-fishing opportunities, log onto cpw.state.co.us.

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