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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Smallmouth Bass
Adams County Fairground Lakes
Arvada Reservoir
Aurora Reservoir
Barr Lake
Bear Creek Lake
Boedecker Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir
Boyd Lake
Centennial Park Lake
Chatfield Reservoir
Cheesman Reservoir
Confluence Lake
Daigre and Wahatoya Lake
DePoorter Lake
DeWeese Reservoir
Douglas Reservoir
Eleven Mile Reservoir
Elkhead Reservoir
Frantz Lake SWA
Grandview Ponds
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Horseshoe Reservoir (Lathrop SP)
Horsetooth Reservoir
Jim Baker Reservoir
John Martin Reservoir
Jumbo Annex (Red Lion SWA)
Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)
Lagerman Reservoir
Lon Hagler Reservoir
Lake Loveland
Main Reservoir
Martin Lake
McCall Lake
McIntosh Lake
McMurry Ponds
McPhee Reservoir
Navajo Reservoir
Nee Gronda Reservoir
Nee Noshe Reservoir
North Sterling Reservoir
Pella Crossing
Poudre Ponds
Prospect Park Lakes (Wheatridge)
Pueblo Reservoir
Puett Reservoir
Quincy Reservoir
Ridgway Reservoir
Rifle Gap Reservoir
Rio Blanco Lake
Runyon-Fountain Lakes
Smith Lake (Lar. Cty.) (Boxelder #3)
Smith Reservoir (Lakewood)
Soda Lakes
Stalker Lake
Standley Lake
Summit Reservoir
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 & #3
Trinidad Reservoir
Troutman Park (Fort Collins)
Union Reservoir
Vallecito Reservoir
Watson Lake
Windsor Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Smallmouth Bass
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Smallmouth Bass
Ounce for ounce smallmouth are considered one of the toughest bass around.  These scrapers are typically greenish-bronze in color with dark vertical banding, rather than the horizontal band of largemouth bass. Their eye is frequently red, and the upper jaw never extends beyond the eye. Most smallmouths are in the 8-15 inch range. The world record is just shy of 12 pounds.
Smallmouth bass prefer large clear-water lakes, reservoirs, and cool, clear water streams with a gravel substrate.  Generally, they favor structures as rock outcrops, logs, treetops, and riprap, such as dam faces. However, they will occasionally form schools to chase pelagic baitfish.    
Preferred water temperature is 68-70 degrees.  Smallmouth feed primarily on small fishes, crayfishes, and insects.
Spawning usually occurs when water temperatures reach the low 60’s. Males build their nests in quiet water in moving water and gravel substrate in lakes or other hard surfaces. Once the eggs are laid and fertilized, like other bass, males guard the nest for a couple weeks or so until the eggs hatch and the fry leave the nest.  Smallmouth bass mature by age three or four, and can live upwards of 12 years. 
Smallmouth bass originally ranged north into Minnesota and southern Quebec, south to the Tennessee River in Alabama and west to eastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas. Today there are few states, east or west of the Rocky Mountains, where populations have not become established. 

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