What a fantastic accomplishment by Southern Colorado Junior Bass Club assistant director and Springs Bassmasters member Ms. Kim Kissell and Southern Colorado Junior Bass Club Director and Springs Bassmasters member Mr. Sam Heckman to receive …
Congratulations to Cody Miller and Amy Winegardner for their angler and co-angler win’s at the District 21 National Semi Finals held last week at Lake Navajo and hosted by the New Mexico TBF. Colorado TBF …
Last week, CPW Aquatic Biologist Carrie Tucker and her technicians, placed artificial habitat into Wahatoya Reservoir near La Veta, CO. These structures were built out of recycled plastic barrels, irrigation piping, and landscape fabric received …
Results from the Colorado TBF Southern Division have been posted to the results page! Thank you to all the frostbitten anglers who competed and stuck it out last weekend at the 2021 Colorado TBF Southern …
Results from the Colorado TBF Southern Division have been posted to the results page!
Thank you to all the frostbitten anglers who competed and stuck it out last weekend at the 2021 Colorado TBF Southern Division Qualifier. Everyone was surprised due to the horrific weather conditions at the quantity and quality of the bass weighed in at Lake Pueblo.
As a conservation project State CPW Biologist Carrie Tucker and her crew conducted creel surveys and took scale samples from the fish.
The top 6 teams for this event advance to the 2021 TBF National Semi-Finals at Lake Navajo in July., congrats to them all!
Vershun Tolliver and Mike Scott
Sam Heckman and Bryan Leck
Brian Hickey and Brian Wiese
Adam Malicia and Jake Schroeder
Cody Miller and Robert Hunt
Marin Mainov and Tai Hunt
Up next is the Northern Colorado Qualifier on Lake McConaughy May 23-24 all anglers are encouraged to attend this event as well to attempt to qualify and advance.
Colorado Bass Federation (CTBF) along with Colorado Bass Nation
(CBN) team up to purchase automatic feeders for the Pueblo Hatchery.
When Springs Bassmasters determined there was additional money
available for conservation in the 2020 budget it was decided the best course of
action would be to reach out to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (C.P.W.) on
where that could best be used. C.P.W. biologist Carrie Tucker who often attend’s
the clubs annual banquet presented the need for automatic feeders in the Pueblo
Fish Hatchery. There was only one problem, the proposal was significantly
higher than the money the club had available. At this point instead of
letting the proposal die CTBF president Rod Allen reached literally across the
table to Larry Kruger (CBN) with a joint funding proposal. Carrie the Aquatic
Biologist for South East Colorado sent a proposal for funding to CTBF and CBN.
The proposal requested funding for CPW to purchase 20 automatic fish
feeders for the Pueblo Hatchery. Colorado Bass Nation President Audrey
McKenny and the CBN-BOD along with the CTBF-BOD giving the idea their blessing’s
the partnership was formed with CTBF and CBN agreeing to split the cost of
The feeders were purchased and delivered to the Pueblo Hatchery
on March 7 by CBN and CTBF representatives. Quentin Springer the Hatchery
Manager was on hand to receive the feeders and give a tour of the facility and
explain the benefits of the feeders. Currently the feeding needs to be
done on an hourly basis and must be done manually, and with hundreds of
thousands to millions of young fish depending on the time of year this is a
very time-consuming process. Another draw back of manual feeding is each
time a person approaches a tank the fish are stressed which is one of the major
causes of fatality. So not only will the feeders reduce the manual effort
needed but will also decrease the stress and allow for better overall results
with more fish for everybody to catch in the end.
Both Colorado Bass Federation and Colorado Bass Nation have a
long-standing relationship with Colorado Division of Wildlife, this is just
another step in continuing to build that relationship with the groups working
together for all people enjoying the Colorado outdoors and
We would like to congratulate Sam Heckman who placed 3rd over all at the 2019 District 21 National Semi Finals and first for Colorado in the Boater Division. Sam Heckman will be making his 5th trip to the National Championships in 2019. Congratulations to Brian Wiese who placed 5th overall and first for Colorado in the Non-boater Division. Brian will be making his first trip to the National Championship. Good luck gentlemen, Colorado is rooting for you!
Navajo Lake was the site for the 2019 District 21 National Semi Finals hosted by New Mexico TBF. 29 Boaters and 29 Non – boaters competed through hail, rain changing temperatures and rapidly changing water levels. The two High School Champions, Brody Sheldon and Cole Miller, competed in the Non – boater side. Sam Heckman, Boater, and Brian Wiese, Non-boater, will be representing Colorado at the 2019 National Championship. Good luck gentlemen.