Fish stocked, garden pondered

The four Pagosa Lakes are scheduled for spring fish stocking beginning Monday, April 13.

This year, we plan on bringing in close to 10,000 pounds of rainbow trout in April to Lake Forest, Village Lake, Lake Pagosa and Hatcher Lake. Additional trout will be stocked all the way into June this year.

Additionally, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will be stocked into Lake Forest and Lake Pagosa; and at Hatcher Lake, largemouth bass and brown trout will be stocked later this month.

The fishing has been outstanding since the ice came off the lakes in late March, with good success on spinner baits and lures. The trout are coming in shallow to feed after a long winter and are extremely active right now. Anglers are also having success with largemouth bass and crappie, which is a little unusual this early in the year — but no one is complaining about it.

Fishing permits are available at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center and at the administration offices in Vista. Permit prices are the same as they have been for the past several years — a great value for the quality of fishing available in Pagosa Lakes.

The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association is exploring the possibility of creating a community garden for interested owners in Pagosa Lakes.

The proposed community garden would be built by the association and is in need of some green-thumbed owners to make it a reality. A potential location has been selected near Vista Lake.

The association would bring in topsoil, amendments and provide a water source. Individual plots would be created with raised beds and the garden area would be fenced off to keep critters out. At that point, the goal would be to turn the garden over to the gardening group to plant, maintain and harvest the results. A small storage shed would be provided for tools.

An informational presentation regarding the Pagosa Lakes Community Garden has been scheduled as part of the Earth Day celebration program at the Pagosa Springs Community Center, organized by the Southwest Organization for Sustainability, on Saturday, April 25. The Pagosa Lakes Community Garden workshop is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the East Conference Room. A loose, informal discussion about the garden and its possibilities is on the agenda. Pagosa Lakes representative Larry Lynch and landscaping guru Dave Kenyon will lead the discussion.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested but cannot attend the April 25 workshop, call Larry Lynch at the Pagosa Lakes Administration Office at 731-5635, Ext. 25.

The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board of directors meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the PLPOA clubhouse.

All meetings of the association board are open meetings. Property owners are encouraged to attend meetings and read approved minutes. Owners who wish to address the board are encouraged to do so during the public comments section of the agenda at the beginning of each business meeting.

You will get the best response if you put your question or opinions in writing prior to the meeting. This isn’t mandatory, but it helps you and the board. Some issues may require a little research by the general manager. Also, the board can serve you better if they have time to consider your concern.

The recreation center pool will close on Sunday, April 12, for routine cleaning and minor repairs. However, the rest of the facility will remain open. The pool will reopen on Friday, April 17.