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Lake: Monument Lake (El Paso County)
Fish: Brown Trout

Iced Brown Trout PB! 20" 3.5lbs

Post By: ondfritz80      Posted: 2/9/2020 9:21:21 AM     Points: 176    
This is why I love fishing, no matter where you are you can never be sure what youíre going to catch. I think most people would agree that Monument Lake is a fun place to go to catch a bunch of stocker rainbows or a bunch of small pan fish, but likely not a place to set a PB. I had just finished the upgrades on my ice sled (more on that in another post) and really wanted to try it out, but the roads were crap Saturday morning and reports of high winds in the South Park area so I decided to go up to Monument. I had a 1.5Ē white tube jig tipped with sucker meat and it had been working well for stockers when a dark mark appeared on the bottom in 13ft. of water. After pounding the jig on the bottom for about 5-10 minutes finally this mystery fish hit it on the fall. Being I was expecting little stockers I was using my ultra-light setup with 4lbs test line and the fight was on. Each time I got the fish within 4 feet of the surface it would rip out line and return to the bottom, catfish me thinks? However, after 5 minutes or so of fighting I finally saw that it was a big brown trout. I canít believe that I landed a 20 inch, 3.5lbs brown trout at Monument Lake. This is the biggest brown Iíve pulled up through the ice and by far the fattest fish Iíve ever caught at Monument. I fished for three hours and landed 15-20 rainbows all between 10-13Ē and all released to catch another day, but that brown is going on the grill. Good luck out there and tight lines!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 9, 9:36:29 AM     Points: 7831    
Surprise . . . .surprise!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 9, 10:16:41 AM     Points: 5235    
Congrats on your best, thanks for sharing. That's a healthy looking brown, wonder how many are actually in the lake?
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: Feb. 9, 10:41:01 AM     Points: 1558    
Wow! Great fish. Thanks for posting.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Feb. 9, 1:31:10 PM     Points: 62    
I saw that fish in the grocery store 1 mile from there early that day! NOT! That's a pleasant surprise right there.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 9, 3:26:42 PM     Points: 48    
That's good stuff! Love when you get those surprise tank catches like that. Congratulations on the PB Brown!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Feb. 9, 3:28:25 PM     Points: 1281    
Excellent fish, didn't realize there were browns in Monument!
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Feb. 9, 4:36:44 PM     Points: 2498    
Itís fun when you get onto one of the brooders they stock from time to time. We had a day a couple years ago at Chatty when we caught 4 or 5 in quick succession. We just happened to hit it right that day...hasnít happened since.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Feb. 10, 7:27:28 AM     Points: 13624    
Congratulations, nice looking fish.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 10, 9:45:25 AM     Points: 5235    
esoxrocks, That doesn't look like a brood fish, no warn fins or tail missing.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 10, 9:51:51 AM     Points: 5235    
esoxrocks, That doesn't look like a brood fish, no worn fins or tail missing. Chatfield does produce some very nice holdover fish from time to time. A few years ago we caught good numbers of 2-4 pound bows thru the ice and the next year only an occasional one. It sounds like you may have come across a school of holdovers, nice fish either way.

Sorry for the double post, forgot to hit the Edit button.
 Reply by: Bste      Posted: Feb. 14, 9:28:33 AM     Points: 100    
Anyone know how thick the ice is?
 Reply by: Kezmo      Posted: Feb. 14, 3:44:07 PM     Points: 35    
bste - I was out there today. The ice is a good 5-6" thick. That cold stretch of days was nice to thicken it up a bit. Caught 3 rainbows in a couple of hours of fishing.

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