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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir

Pueblo Reservoir "artic bass"

Post By: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/25/2017 10:31:10 AM     Points: 9    
This is my first time posting on this site. Hello to all. I am a Colorado Springs based angler mainly interested in brook trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass.

However, I recently received some valuable intel from SGM that "artic bass" could be found in Pueblo Reservoir if one could only get past the voracious hordes of smallmouth and walleye. After a couple of scouting trips from both the shore and boat, I was finally able to locate one of these beauties.

 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 7/25/2017 10:38:25 AM     Points: 1417    
congrats on the largie-wtg
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/25/2017 1:34:36 PM     Points: 4942    
The allusive Arctic Bass is still alive and well. Nice catch and if I am not mistaken that looks like a really nice Spotted Bass.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/25/2017 2:19:22 PM     Points: 20596    
Very nice catch!
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/25/2017 3:30:58 PM     Points: 9    
Thanks guys. I was also thinking that it was a spot which would be a new species for me. It was 18" and heavy and is still swimming. Lots of fun!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/25/2017 4:12:23 PM     Points: 4942    
That is a Master Angler fish if your into getting a certificate and patch from the state.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 7/26/2017 7:31:49 PM     Points: 246    
That's a Chunk! WTG!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/26/2017 7:53:01 PM     Points: 118    
Nice fish! I'm coming over the hill Monday,I think I'm going to hit up Spinney and the Dream Stream?
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/27/2017 11:35:10 AM     Points: 9    
Thanks Diggin. Maybe you could teach me a thing or two about those leopard head trout! :)

SGM- I'll have to look in to that MA stuff.

Bharper- I wish I could join you. Knock 'em dead.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/27/2017 4:09:24 PM     Points: 4942    
Diggins could tell you the secret leopard head spots but then he would have to .....well you know the story!
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 7/27/2017 10:10:52 PM     Points: 20844    
NIce spot, just a fyi... if that pig was 18 inches it could have been a new state record depending on the weight...

the current Colorado record for spotted bass is below and info was gathered off the DOW website:

Bass, Spotted 4 lbs. 7 7/8oz. 17.75" length Valco Ponds (Pueblo Co.) Michael Hardin 2005
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/28/2017 9:52:18 AM     Points: 9    
Hey Dizzel-

It was definitely a fortunate catch for a first spot. I did get a good length measurement on it as I had been measuring a few 17"+ walleyes. Regarding the weight, I was guessing somewhere between 3.5 to 4 pounds. The problem with my guessing is that I tend to overestimate. However, I bet that fish in pre-spawn condition (full of eggs) could get close to the record.

Lots of fun !
 Reply by: Sean D      Posted: 8/2/2017 1:49:39 PM     Points: 968    
Allegedly....allegedly...a guy in my club caught a 5+lb spot at Pueblo back in late May/first of June pre-fishing for a tourney. Possible? Sure. Likely? No. But that's his claim...
 Reply by: Kermatt      Posted: 9/23/2017 7:59:45 PM     Points: 616    
@Sean D what fishing club are you in? Ive been wanted to get into locsl tournaments... Also, did you see a picture of this alleged 5lb spot?🎣

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