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Lake: Monument Lake (El Paso County)

Skunked, need advice

Post By: mvanesse      Posted: 7/21/2019 11:01:48 AM     Points: 0    
I've taken my kids here twice and haven't caught a thing (early morning, usually arrive around 630-7 to 10a). I went by myself once and got a decent size bass and a rainbow but took hrs.

Can someone give me some advice on what to use/when to go? Got a few different powerbaits (sinking and floating), grubs, swirltail worms, swim shads, mini tubes,live worms, etc and nothing.

My kids don't care (nor do I) what we catch.


 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/21/2019 5:48:22 PM     Points: 515    
Ditch the powerbait and get off that east shore.

I take it you’re using spin gear so...

Olive/black pistol Pete’s 4’ behind a bubble.
Night crawlers cut in half a couple feet under a bobber in the morning and off the bottom during the day. Power bait makes a garlic trout scent that works pretty well to soak worms in.
1/4 oz (? not the smallest but the step up) kastmasters Gold/pink, gold, silver, silver/blue
Wholly buggers 4’ off a bubble black, olive, white.

That lake is ridiculously over pressured this time of year so you have to move around.

Also for your bait hooks tie a red bead on the line after your weights. You can also try a red bead tied on about 1/3 the way down past a bubble for pistol Pete’s and buggers.

You can always try Palmer lake as well. Same things work and you have a bit more room to move around if your kids are too young to make that hike to the back side of monument.
 Reply by: mvanesse      Posted: 7/22/2019 9:07:47 AM     Points: 0    
Thank you Bubba, appreciate the help!

I went to college in CT and couldn't stop catching LM Bass if I wanted to, not so easy here! We have tried Palmer as well and will likely go back next time.

Thanks again.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 7/22/2019 5:56:25 PM     Points: 58220    
it pays to read conditions reports

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also check the threads specific to the body of water

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if you can reach it, check out the beaver dam. Remember.. like Bubba said this is an extremely HEAVILY pressured body of water. It looks like you're on the right track of varying your tactics. Stay off the east bank. lol

Also like Bubba said.. check out Palmer.. it got stocker bows, panfish, a frisbee course and a small playground.. great for little ones that get bored. Plus in town there is a nice little ice cream shop