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Lake: Monument Lake (El Paso County)
Fish: Bluegill

Open letter to CPW

Post By: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/21/2017 9:05:08 PM     Points: 515    
Or who ever is in charge of maintaining the lake. Can you please introduce some more pike. Anything really. The bluegill and perch population is out of control. Between today and yesterday I've pulled out 50+ and only a handful of trout. Can't keep any bait on the line long enough to attract anything else right now.

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 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: 7/22/2017 7:43:13 AM     Points: 1485    
What do the panfish in there like to bite on? Any good areas to check out with my 2 and 5 year old boys? Fast panfish action is perfect for them!!
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 7/22/2017 8:02:05 AM     Points: 157    
Wickedfisha- the weed line outside of the cove closest to the road and the north shore weed line will get you a lot of pan fish. There is also some decent size bass in those areas too.
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 7/22/2017 8:15:23 AM     Points: 157    
Bubba02STi- I would recommend trying a different place on the lake and if you want to catch trout try powerbait, lures, or flies.
 Reply by: Swigs      Posted: 7/22/2017 10:00:39 AM     Points: 149    
Basic fish management 101, when a lake has thousands of small forage fish it's also home to a smaller proportion of huge predators....certainly frustrating, I would suggest some of the artificial 3-5" that look like bluegill.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/22/2017 2:24:01 PM     Points: 515    
@wicked there seems to be heavy schools right now going along the east shore from about midway (middle line disposal) to north end and about 15-20 yards off shore depending on where you are at. They will tear nightcrawlers with a lead of 1-2.5 feet under a bobber up. I went through two containers yesterday in 9 hours. Cut them in half and make em last. Also use small barbless hooks (in case you hook into a trout cause they will gut the hook and it'll be easier to remove) otherwise they will just tear the worm off the hook.

@fisherman I haven't been able to get them to hit anything lately. Usually they would go after some of the 1/4 oz gold spoon patterns but I have tried everything in my boxes. I think part of this might be due to how hot it has been lately. This has been going on for about a month. So I have been using half night crawlers soaked in garlic attractent and salmon eggs. Fishing both the top and bottom. Personally I refuse to use powerbait. I feel so cheap using it. However I've noticed even the people that are using are having the same slow days as myself. The past couple days I've been moving along the east shore from the spillway to the north end and it's the same thing over and over again. Panfish City. i have found a couple holes this year which I can still catch a couple if I can keep them off long enough. I guess I'll start fishing the west side again. Haven't been over there too much lately cause of the dam kayak rentals hanging out over there. I do have a post on here about flyfishing suggestions and have been working on that in the mornings and evening when the fish are rising. So far no luck on the trout bite. Just kind of frustrated though. If you have any other suggestions I'll gladly listen.

@swigs I've caught a couple small pike out of there this year. Around 18-22". Oddly enough enough in 10 years of fishing there I thought they were myth until this year when I've finally hooked some. So yesterday I was secretly hoping to catch a small enough perch or bluegill and use it to go after some of the pike. But i felt the ones I catching were either too large or I didn't want to run the risk of it swimming into other lines or going after their bait as well. I've had a problem with people fishing shoulder to shoulder recently (That's another rant for later) even though there is plenty of space further along the shore. I'll give the artificial s a shot though. Maybe give the trout a break for a bit.
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 7/22/2017 5:39:18 PM     Points: 157    
I go to monument lake up to 4 times a week and I fish from my kayak. You've probably seen me out there. In the summer at monument when I'm not fishing for bass I will tie on a size 10-12 royal wulff and slay the trout all day. If that doesn't work try a size 14 parachute Adams.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/22/2017 6:21:55 PM     Points: 515    
You're probably right. I'm there several times a week as well. Typically weekdays. Unfortunately I'm shore bound unless I can borrow a kayak or canoe from someone. I'm going to continue hitting it with flies more often. Thanks for the tips. Like I said in going to start hitting the other side more often again. The east side being so pressured probably has something to do with it as well. Plus it will be nice to have the winds at my back and less people. But hey if you see a newer white Forester that's me. Come say hello. I'd love to chat a bit at the lake.
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