FISHING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE ON AREA LAKES!
Visitors and residents alike had a tough summer of fishing with the heat and high water temperatures this year; but, with the cooling of the air and water in August and September, the fishing has really picked up for all those still fishing. You can find John from Texas, Bud Durfee and Jeff Monafo (both local fishermen) and George Saltsman from Texas on one of the several docks on Pagosa Lakes most mornings during the summer months.
September has been real good month. John from Texas has been catching nice 3 to 4 lb Bass on Pagosa Lake early in the morning using a Strike King shallow diving crank bait in perch. The fish seem to move into the rocks to feed early in the morning before the sun gets up. John has also been catching some nice trout on this same bait! John and George have been catching limits of Crappie most day in both Pagosa Lake and Village using a 1/16 oz jig head and a Kalin’s John Deer Green grub. Bud uses The Bass Pro Shops “Squirmin Squirt” for catching both Crappie and Perch. Jeff is a trout fisherman only! The Crappie at Pagosa Lake have been bigger; but, all the Crappie have been real tasty.
Bud Durfee and John have been catching lots of nice Perch on Village Lake; but, this past Tuesday John decided to go the the Springs and soak and Bud went by himself and met George on Village Lake. Wouldn’t you know, the fishing was great. Limits of Crappie, some nice big Perch and Bud hooked into a 18 inch, 5 lb Black Bass on his ultralight rig for Crappie. Talk about a zoo. The fish was peeling off line faster than Bud could real in and he didn’t think he had a chance of getting what he though was a big catfish with his ultralight tackle. We have caught several 3 to 5 lb catfish on Village this year. Bud yelled at George to “Get The Net” because he had a big one. Jeff (the official netter for this group) was not to be found in this emergency. George got the net and, low and behold, as they were tiring the fish, they discovered it was a “Huge Bass”. George netted the fish and later we took some pictures.
This group of every day fishermen love fishing the Lakes and return each year to keep a line in the water. Last year there were some larger fish caught; but, not near as many as this year. Read last year’s article at:
Keep A Tight Line & Enjoy
John From Texas