Giant bows at Jurassic Lake
Co-Founders Corinne and Garrison Doctor wrap up their adventure in Argentine Patagonia with a return trip to Jurassic Lake Lodge.
There are many things that stay consistent about Jurassic Lake Lodge and some pieces that are always changing. The absolute constant that we have witnessed at Jurassic Lake since we first visited in 2017 is that the accommodations and service and remain first class, the incredible fishing requires making friends with the wind and of course, results in absolute monster rainbow trout. Over the years we have noticed that if anything, the big fish are not just staying big, but averaging even larger than that first trip 4.5 years ago. Either the fish are continuing to prove they can continue to max out their growth, or the lodge staff is learning more about the fish and we as anglers are getting better at targeting the big ones. One of the most surprising changes we have observed is the water level of the lake.
Arguably the toughest beat due to the wind always coming straight at you, although often fruitful for big chromers, is the aptly named “Bay of Pigs” or “Cochinos. ” While heading out to fish Cochinos for the first time this year, we were able to spot the rocks we had casted from in past years. They were now not just dry, but meters above the water level showing the effects of climate change: lower snowpack and more extreme weather patterns. The wind is always a force to be reckoned with in southern Patagonia, and even though the lake has no outlet, the wind blows so much water off the lake’s surface each year, that the inflow from the Río Barrancoso simply can’t keep up. Those who have seen and fished this lake for much longer than we have know even more so how much the character of the shore line has changed.
To learn more about fishing at Jurassic Lake Lodge or to plan your own trip, please check them out at www.jurassiclake.com