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Lake: Monument Lake (El Paso County)

slow Pike bite

Post By: mackman16      Posted: 7/6/2019 12:38:36 PM     Points: 450    
I see lots of others out at Monument Lake fishing for pike, probably more than last year. But for me, the pike this year at Monument Lake is a lot slower than last summer. I know some people are catching pike in Monument Lake, but, in general, are the pike slower this year for others too? Or maybe it's just me.
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 7/6/2019 2:10:18 PM     Points: 154    
I caught a lot of big pike out of there before the word got out a few summers ago. I donít even fish for them anymore at monument because there are so many people fishing for them and then keeping them unfortunately.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/6/2019 11:42:02 PM     Points: 515    
Iíd say itís partly you and partly the pressure the lake has been seeing. Over the past few years the traffic has probably more than tripled. On a Wednesday morning it used to be quiet and you could pick where ever you wanted, but now you are fishing shoulder to shoulder on that east shore, and if you try and hike around you have Karen jumping down your throat cause youíre walking on the deer path that is close to her property. Top that off with all the other rec boats and sups, it is turning into mess.

With that being said, Iím still hooking into them when I actually bother going there anymore. Theyíre in the typical places and are still hitting my typical setups. Buggers, hoppers, mice, minnows, frogs.

Ninja edit:

Yes there are still a bunch of big ones in there.
 Reply by: BigFish4me      Posted: 7/7/2019 9:54:54 AM     Points: 348    
I have done ok this year ( the few times I went) but I find the bite disappears when the lake gets swarmed by paddle boards and kayaks that run over your lines 5 ft from your boat... downsizing your terminal tackle will help if youíre fishing for them like musky they are line shy.
 Reply by: mackman16      Posted: 7/8/2019 12:28:48 PM     Points: 450    
I figured the pike were still in there, just seemed like the numbers have been reduced this year. I would agree, the lake has seen a lot more use, especially this year. Seems to be more kayaks and SUP, especially on Saturday morning compared to last year and previous years. Probably a good idea to downsize my fishing line.
 Reply by: mackman16      Posted: 7/8/2019 12:53:46 PM     Points: 450    
I was also thinking since the spring and summer have been cooler than normal, maybe the pike are in different places than other years. The weedline I like to fish didn't really have weeds until about 2 weeks ago. Just a thought, but sounds more like the pike are just more skiddish and lower numbers from higher pressure.