kirk deeter goes scuba diving underwater with largemouth bass during the spawn while they're on beds to see what they eat and learn about their spawning behavior in the spring
Mike Johnson

If you’re looking for steady action on crappies, bluegills, yellow perch and some light-tackle walleye, give northeastern Colorado’s Douglas Reservoir a look. Douglas, a state wildlife area, offers lots of public access and elbow room-it covers about 700 acres north of Fort Collins. During summer, Douglas’s panfish congregate near structure in relatively deep, cool water. Most anglers use a boat and a fish finder to locate schools of bluegills, perch and crappies. Once the fish are found, vertical jigging with 1/8-ounce marabou jigs or Twister Tails draws strikes. Expect some crappies and perch to measure 10 to 13 inches long. Bluegills run a little smaller. For walleyes, anglers fish minnows with a bottom bouncer. Most of the walleyes are in the two- to three-pound range. The limit is 5 walleyes, 10 crappies, 20 bluegills and 20 yellow perch in aggregate. Contact: Colorado Div. of Wildlife (6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216; 303-291-7227).