PFA Fishing Reports January 2007

Marben Farm PFA: Levels: Most of the ponds are down from the continued drought. The boat ramp at Bennett Lake is unusable, although anglers can continue to slide canoes, kayaks or small jonboats in to access the lake. Clarity: Clear, more than 36 inches of visibility in all of the ponds. Temp: 52 degrees.

Bass: A few bass are still being taken in deeper water at this time, mostly with plastic worms. Some anglers have been successful using deep-running plugs near structure that is adjacent to submerged creek channels.

Crappie: It was good during the mild weather of December. Chartreuse, yellow and white jigs fished six to eight feet deep have been producing some average catches. Anglers trolling across submerged creek channels in Margery and Fox lakes have had some nice catches of 1/2-lb. crappie, with a few in the 1-lb. range. The fish attractor near the Margery Lake fishing pier continues to be a popular place for shoreline anglers.

Bream: Shellcrackers and bluegill are being caught on the bottom with worms.

Rocky Mountain PFA: Levels: Heath and Antioch lake are at full pool. Temp.: 52 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Several fishermen at Heath were catching 20 to 30 fish last month. Most of the fish have been suspended off deep structure and have been caught on crankbaits. In past years, there has been a good winter jigging-spoon bite.

Crappie: Good. Most fisherman were catching the fish around eight feet deep using both jigs and minnows, although the bigger crappie have been biting minnows best. Several 1- to 1 1/2-lb crappie have been caught. WRD standardized sampling shows that there should be some good quality slabs available to anglers this year.

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