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NeeGronda/NeeNoshe & AdobeCreek: If you boat, you will have to carry it by hand down to the water.

Bait Store Situation: The WalMart in La Junta can sell you nightcrawlers as usual. [You can still enjoy meals at La Junta's very own :D "Copper Kettle Cafe" ] The 2 bait shops just outside John Martin are, by all appearances, out of business. The DOW officer recommends getting your live baits in CO SPRINGS. I don't know anything about Pueblo's bait shops, so...

Two of John Martin's boat ramps are towards the dam. Both are operable. The boat ramp way down towards the inlet is the one that is high above the water. The water level is 47' below norm as of March 05. It is still fishable, but....shallower means warmer in summer heat. Southeast Colorado is still very dry. February was like another drought month, being the second driest February in Colorado history. While some Front Range reservoirs are able, through water rights, to fill up to capacity this spring, SE Colorado is still hurting.

The only reason you can still put a boat on John Martin is, they built a new boat ramp about a 100 feet further down the slope. [ This ought to have been done at Spinney Mtn Res and several others too.] Looking back up the slope to the original boat ramp, gives an eerie feeling, and that 47' feet takes on a reality.

The water temp was 41 degrees on 21 March 05 (Monday) and that's the same reported water temp in Jackson Reservoir. That seems to be a good general indicator on most plains reservoirs.
 

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The DOW officer also explained a matter of interest to Adobe Creek Fishermen. The Reservoirs are, of course, primarily irrigation waters. Rather than storing water in Adobe Creek, where it would get sucked out or dried up anyway, the waters from many nearby reservoirs are simply stored in John Martin Reservoir. Without this, John Martin would probably be in pretty bad shape right now.
 

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well yea you can get on j. martin right now but the rest
nee noshe and nee gronda will not be able to get into
untill they are done shooting at the bird then it will be open
and we have a bait store here in lamar that had live bait all
last year and i hope they will carry live bait this year but will
check
 

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Theres no problem putting a boat on nee grande if you have a decent truck and some savvy.Same with nee noshe,but also need some big cajones!I plan on hitting nee gronde on april 1st.
 

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Nawanda-Thanks for the report-excellent heads up. Ed
 

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the bite is at queens right now have heard alot
of fish coming out of there
wiper
catfish
crappie
bass
all have been biting this past few weeks i hope to be out there this weekend to see if i can get some to bite
been out 3 times now and have cought nothing
i need to catch something
maybe i will be lucky at queens
 
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