New Mexico B.A.S.S. Nation teams with the Navajo Nation to make a difference

Morgan Lake is the only power plant lake open to public fishing in New Mexico. When the other lakes are too cold to fish, hundreds of bass anglers flock to this small impoundment where you can successfully burn a buzzbait in a snowstorm. Efforts to improve water quality and fish habitat have started showing significant increase in natural reproduction and recruitment. The lake used to be totally dependent on fish stocking but now anglers are routinely catching juvenile bass even though the lake has not been stocked since 2010.

Under the leadership of David Herrera, New Mexico High School Bass Nation, Four Corners Bassmasters, Southwest Colorado Bassmasters, Bailey's Welding, and the Navajo Department of Fish and Wildlife, the partnership completed the habitat project on January 22, 2017.

Beginning with a gift from MossBack Fish Habitats and a grant from SHIMANO, area anglers, other sponsors and agencies completed boat ramp repairs and fish habitat placement along with some major water quality improvements by the power plant operator.

The lake was created to provide cooling water to the San Juan Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation near Waterflow New Mexico. Excavated from a sand and sandstone mesa, It is void of natural structure. Cover is limited to spiny naiad grass that grows sporadically in shallow water around the lake. In addition to the artificial habitat, Home Depot donated approximately 80 Christmas Trees. 

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