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Lake: Navajo Reservoir

Timing for Navajo Pike & Smallies

Post By: Wacokid57      Posted: 2/6/2018 9:25:21 AM     Points: 11    
This is a question for the Lake Skipper, Kris, or anyone with the know how. What is the seasonal cycle for fishing for bass on Navajo, and same question for pike. Is the winter fishing pretty quiet? Does it ice up? Do the pike come in the shallows for spawning like they do at Spinney, and then go deep in the summer? Do the smallies spawn in April, or May? I have tried to find info online for this lake, with little success. I have always wanted to fish it, and now that I have a boat, it is on my bucket list. Looks like such an awesome place. Any advice for seasons and timing will be greatly appreciated, and put to good use. Thanks in advance. Dennis
 Reply by: MileHighMike      Posted: 2/6/2018 11:36:19 AM     Points: 134    

I don't have much know how with Navajo, but it is an awesome place to fish, and I understand why it is on your list. We camped there this summer for the first time and had the opportunity to fish both sides. The marina on NM side is super nice and very well maintained. Everyone there was pretty nice so maybe give a call to the marina and they can assist you with a bit of that info as well. First 2 pics CO and Third is NM. Lots of good coves on NM side to fish too. Either way you'll enjoy yourself that's for sure!

Tight lines.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 2/6/2018 10:04:09 PM     Points: 63193    
Hey MHM, what's the story on the wheels on your yeti. kit or homemade?
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 2/7/2018 5:39:09 AM     Points: 17526    
Right now.
 Reply by: LastKast2010      Posted: 2/7/2018 8:16:19 AM     Points: 4241    
Navajo Lake.... there's not to much info because it changes...daily!
Winter pike- pike here generally get shallow in the winter and pretty much stay in the main channel. I love winter because there is only a handful of boats, maybe 2-3 on a Saturday. I use swimbaits and jerkbaits to find fish and then duplicate the bite around the lake. The North end... Colorado side, is closed from Oct to March.
Winter bass-Bass here are finicky int the winter. I can find fish sahllow all year, they just can be hard to catch. Most catching is done deep. 20 50 feet of water and slow. They spawn between April and may, depends on the water temp and moon cycle.
The lake never freezes and is fish-able from the South end all year long.

please feel free to PM me or email me off the skipper list. I can go into much more detail.