Fishing frenzy

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Debra and Adrian Abeyta fish together with their daughter, Vesper Abeyta at Lake Capote.
Craig Reinhart and Sue Joe help man the bait shop at Lake Capote during the Fishing Derby. Sue Joe has been a longtime volunteer, helping to facilitate the ice fishing contest each spring alongside her husband.
Southern Ute elder, and avid outdoorsman, Ernest “Muz” Pennicoose shares a few of his handtied flies.
Marlon Mitchell of Pagosa Springs shows off his Bass; Mitchell won first place in his category, with the prize bass weighing in at 5.38 lbs.
Jack Frost Jr. and grandson Phillip Velasquez spend the day together ice fishing, the dynamic duo are regulars when it comes to fishing at the lake.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Lake Capote Ice Fishing Contest returned to the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Saturday, Feb. 15. drawing over 125 participants from around the region to compete for the coveted prize categories. Awards for the biggest fish go out to youth and adult categories for bass, trout and catfish. Warming trends in spring weather leading up to this year’s tournament caused fears of a cancellation, never-the-less ice conditions remained stable and safety was not an issue as the fisherman set out to catch their limit on Saturday.

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