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Lake, located on the Na- vajo Indian Reservation in northwest New Mexico is a power plant lake that is used to cool the Four Corners Power Plant. Encompassing approximately 1287 acres, Morgan is loaded with largemouth bass, threadfin shad, gizzard shad, bluegill, channel catfish and carp. The water temperature averages somewhere be- tween 65 – 75 degrees throughout most winter seasons. Though it is a small lake by most standards, Morgan Lake holds a great number of feisty bass with the average being in the two pound range. To my knowledge, fish to 11 lbs have been taken in the last five years. Six to seven pound bass are not uncommon and most tournaments take twenty to twenty five pounds for the win. Morgan is a relatively shallow lake consisting of large flats, some shoreline cover and some offshore structure with man-made cover in places. The lake bottom for the most part is mud with scattered rocks, but there are some hard bottom areas that are sandstone mixed with additional rocks. The lake has large grass beds of Spiny Naiad (a very brittle, fast growing aquatic weed found in some western desert lakes) encompassing the shoreline. Just like any other lake, if you find an isolated, smaller grass bed it has the potential to hold unpressured and larger fish. The grass beds that the fish often relate to can be located anywhere on the lake. While fishing, look for coots (a small grey and black duck) diving offshore. The coots eat the grass and other aquatic vegetation and can sometimes reveal an undiscovered grass bed loaded with

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Morgan reServoir

by Chris Kinley

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January/February 2010

So there you are sitting around watching football, maybe organizing tackle for the upcoming season, but whatever you are doing you probably still wish you could get out on the water a couple more times before spring. Well if you are up to it, there is relief to your winter fishing blues.

Largemouth’s. Pull- ing a small handful of weeds can be beneficial, finding small freshwater bugs or shrimp will key you off to the potential. If these small aquatic species are present then you know basic forage like Blue Gill are going to be as well. Some of the shoreline holds sections of tules, rip rap, and chunk rock which can offer some flipping and pitching opportuni- ties. The dam, located on the west side of the lake can be phenome- nal at times, especially when the fish are schooling on shad, and/or there is a steady wind pushing water into it. However, much of your efforts should be focused on the flats and the offshore structure. Anglers should focus their bait selections around threadfin Shad, crawfish, blue gill and juvenile catfish. The shallow flats are fished us- ing a variety of search baits (lipless baits, spinner baits, shallow crank-