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local contactS

Star OutdOOrS

KirtlaNd PaWN

31 road 6299, Kirtland, NM • (505) 598-9984

4238 uS Hwy. 64, Kirtland, NM • (505) 598-6969

Morgan Lake

Zia SPOrtiNg gOOdS

500 East Main St., Farmington, NM • (505)327-6004

baits, and chatter baits). Some of my favorites include the Jackall TN lake on the left. A light colored water tower will be on your left. 60/70, Pepper Hawg spinnerbait, Jackall cherry and MC/60, and vari- Make the next left onto a dirt road and make your first right. At the ous swim jigs. Carolina rigs and Texas rigged plastics are the choice bottom of the hill you will see the boat ramp. when the sun gets high and the bite gets tough. Yamamoto senkos, The Four Corners area has a lot to offer as well. A little over Berkley power worms, brush hogs, fluke style baits and the Jackall an hour to the north is Durango, Colorado. Sitting at the south end flick-shake take their fair share of bass during the winter months. The of the San Juan Mountains, Durango is a highly visited tourist des- larger gizzard shad do provide an opportunity for the swimbait crowd. tination with many small shops and a large ski resort with many I’ve had some great days fishing medium to large sized swimbaits on other attractions. Durango Mountain Resort, located 30 minutes Morgan in the middle of winter. Baby E type baits seem to work best north of town, draws skiers and snowboarders from all over the for me but I am sure the possibilities are limitless. country. The Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad located in One thing I have to stress is that Morgan Lake can become very the heart of Durango provides a year round, 27 mile, classic steam windy and difficult to fish at times so check the weather before you power train ride up the Animas River Valley with amazing views of come. The mornings can be challenging to navigate your boat due the San Juan Mountains. to the steam rising from the warm water into the cold New Mexico If you are looking to get out of the house and some fast paced desert air. You may not be able to see ten feet in front of your boat winter bass fishing or you are looking for a family ski vacation at times. GPS is a must if you plan on fishing early in the day. Most with a twist, consider the Four Corners Area and Morgan Lake. modern GPS units have a rough image of Morgan Lake on the map Remember, there are few places where you get an explosion on a programs if you plan on hitting the early bite. Remember it is winter spook or get hammered burning a spinner bait in January. Morgan and can be very cold so dress appropriately. The desert winter can Lake is where that happens. BW be harsh but I have had many days fish- ing in a tee shirt in January. Sometimes the cold may have you asking yourself why you are not watching football on the couch. However, it is pretty cool when that fish hammers your bait going the other way! There are numerous tournaments that take place on Morgan from October • WORLD’S FIRST MULTI-COLOR FLUOROCARBON through April. For those wanting to feed • THE MULTIPLE COLORS REDUCE LIGHT TRANSMISSION ALONG THE LINE their competitive fire, Anglers Choice and Four Corners Team Bass hold team tour- naments on Saturdays and Sundays. For those interested contact Vern Price (An- gler’s Choice) at (702)433-4853 or Steve Gill (FCTB) at (505)632-5717 for tourna- ment information. Be sure to obtain a Navajo Nation Fishing license and boat permit before you launch. Since the lake is located on the Navajo Reservation, a New Mexico fishing license is not sufficient and not needed. Licenses can be purchased at Zia Sport- “Quattro 100% Fluorocarbon is the ing Goods in Farmington, New Mexico and best handling uorocarbon line yet. It has Kirtland Pawn Shop in Kirtland, New Mex- a high degree of abrasion resistance and superior knot ico. Star Outdoors in Kirtland has a wide strength. With these attributes, and the fact that it selection of baits and tackle. disappears so well underwater, it has de nitely earned a Morgan Lake is located about 15 spot in my arsenal.” miles west of Farmington, New Mexico. -Je Kriet, B.A.S.S. Elite Series Angler From US 64 go south on Rd. 6675. In Fruit- land, turn right (west) on N365, the road is somewhat rough so be aware when tow- ing. You will come up a hill and make the first left which puts you on N36 Hwy. Travel for about two miles and you will see the

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January/February 2010