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Me and my gal are trying to move away from Cali, and Denver is one of the options. Any good bass fishing in the area? I hear trout fishing gets crazy because of all the crowds. "Combat fishing" is the term thrown around. Was hoping that meant bass fishing was easier to manage. 

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I live in Southern Colorado but I can tell you for Bass fishing the Denver area has a lot of ponds that guys chase LMBs. Most folks are after 5-6lb LMBs as their PBs, the vast majority fall well under this range. I'm sure there's the scarce 7 or 8lber somewhere. 

 

There are some Reservoirs up there with Bass (cherry creek, chatfield, Quincy). If you're coming to Colorado from California I can unfortunately just about guarantee you'll be disappointed in terms of Bass fishing. Smallmouths and some lakes with stocked Wipers are likely what you'll find yourself targeting.

 

I have heard of combat fishing in the Denver area, I know a lot of guys are up and fishing long before the sun due to the pressure. I've also heard combat fishing as referenced to fly fishing the "dream stream", a stretch of river running down from Spinney and Elevenmile Reservoirs (west of Colorado Springs). Trout (of course) are big here and not so commonly known, Walleyes are big here as well. 

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I’m from Denver. Check out Lowell Ponds and Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Bluegills are the main forage.  Think 4” senkos (GP w/ Blck Flk) wacky-rigged. You will catch LMB on that rig. Concentrate on the reed shores 

 

For smallies, fish the riprap at Chatfield. They like SK 2.5 in red chili craw. Slip bobber rig with Gulp AliVe Minnows will catch smallies and nice walleyes too!

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