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Ok let me start this by saying yes I drove all that ways but I didnt fish much...hardly at all...my son is in town...and it ended up being more sight seeing (Mesa Verde) and information gathering for future trips...also I didnt take my boat because it is just electric...but I won an auction on Ebay and I will have a 4 stroke 2001 Honda for my boat...so I am stoked...but anyway back to Navajo...I stayed in the state park on the Colorado side...a very nice place even if they dont clean the bathrooms regularily...the country side is hills with Pinyon Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper...the campground is wide open with no trees...kind of strange in semi desert country is that they have built in shade awning structures over only about one in five campsites...why not all of them?...so if you make a reservation make sure you get one that says shaded...unless you have your own structure...there is one big boat ramp...it is very crowded being only about 40 miles from Durango, Bayfield, and Pagosa Springs...there are about 3 overflow parking lots for boats and trailers...there is a marina...full service except they are new and dont rent boats yet which really put a dent in my fishing because I had hoped to rent a boat...the owner said the state parks had recently taken them over and hoped to have boat rentals in the next year...which didnt do me any good...with recent conditions it made shore fishing tough...which I will explain next...the reservoir is like 35 miles long with most of it in New Mexico (make sure you have a New Mexico license if you cross I heard they check it close)...well according to the gent that runs the marina the lake has come up a whopping 90 VERTICAL FEET since Memorial day...there are flooded trees all over the place making shore fishing difficult?I was also surprised that most of the shoreline on the Colorado side was dirt with a few rocks?I tried some catfish fishing one evening from one of the docks with no luck...and walking a shoreline casting for Pike with no luck...maybe about 3 hours total...the wind didnt blow much during the day but it did at night...kind of strange...about the time you start enjoying the campfire late...it gets gusty and you scramble for it...the lake on the Colorado side was a bit cloudy in places...there is a ton of water coming in from runoff from the Animas and the San Juan...the lake is as full as it as been...I only talked to one party out of six that had caught fish...they had a perch and a crappie...average size...one interesting fact according to the park's office...there are tarantulas...we went looking on a couple of hikes but couldnt find any much to our dismay...Ignacio is 20 miles away and has a reservation casino that we put a $100 in one evening and got a $160 back so it was a little successful from that standpoint...campground hosts sell firewood...there are 3 local stores for limited provisions, broken equipment, and gasoline, one restaurant and motel...the people in the local stores are as friendly and accomodating as I have met...I have put almost 30,000 miles on my truck since last May of 2004...I have fished all over this state...and the locals are wonderful here...Ignacio had a great breakfast place on mainstreet?don?t remember the name?but it is full of local farmer/rancher trucks?

I also took a sightseeing trip to the New Mexico side?I went to the state park there?it was more cramped?had more campsites but pretty close together?the ones further back were more secluded and had the short Pinyon Pines?the roads were narrow and rough?the boat ramp was larger but still didn?t have as much space for parking that I would of expected but they also had overflow lots?their marina was huge?they rented everything and I didn?t find out until the end?even houseboats?a 16 foot boat with ten horse motor went for 85 dollars a day and a 16 footer with a 25 horse went for $120 a day?the lake on the New Mexico side looked how I expected the lake to look on the Colorado side from a shoreline perspective?it was sandstone cliffs, rocks, boulders?the shoreline was very walkable and looked like smallmouth nirvana?the water was a clear as could be and deep on this end?300 feet right out in front of the marina by the dam?there is also supposedly more trout on the New Mexico end due to the water clarity?there also was a lot more trash on the New Mexico side which also surprised me?the people I encountered were not as friendly?they are running a ton of water out of the reservoir into the gold medal tailwater stretches of the San Juan?the New Mexico boat ramp is about 30 highway miles south of Ignacio?I want to say the trip to the Colorado side is about 320 miles from Denver?all rivers in the area are flowing high in their banks?Vallecito was full?Blue Mesa was about 10 vertical feet from its high water mark?Taylor was pretty full but I didn?t notice how far below the high water mark it was?if you have any additional questions you can PM me and I would be glad to answer if possible?all in all a fun trip?just that I didn?t fish as much as I would of liked?
 

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So that explains your absense. You probably told us, but I'm as ignorant as a tree. Anyhow, welcome back Z.
 

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Thanks...I mentioned it but only in passing...actually I like Trinadad better...only 200 miles and more species of fish...I am becoming a walleye and wiper bigot!
 

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i bet they are still there but with all the freshly flooded timber they got new places to hide we just need to find them
 

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Zman-Don't ever go down there without a boat again. ;D And fish those two coves I PM'd you. Ed
 
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