The lake has been completely open for a few weeks now and has risen 21' since April 1st! This is great news, but has added an extra unstable variable to the fishing. The weather has kept us on our toes with a few warm flat sunny days and plenty of cold, windy, snowy days, which has kept the water temps down and pro-longed ice out! Overall, fishing has been good!! But every day has been unique in its own way and requires some dialing in to capitalize on sometime small bite windows.
Lake Trout- it's no secret that this is the best time of year to catch the biggest mackinaw you've ever seen! However, most of the time you are still going to have to work to get bit by a fish that is 15+ years old and has more than likely seen it all. Pick your poison as trolling is typically king this time of year, but there are occasionally some jigging opportunities if you can find them. "Sucker chucking" or "sucker dunking" should be avoided at all costs as it has an extremely high mortality rate on a fish that takes 15-20 years to grow to 20 lbs, even with the practice of catch and release! Blue Mesa needs your help to properly care for and release all fish over 30" to ensure that it produces trophy fish for generations to come! Keep all the smaller fish you would like for the grill as their are plenty of them!
Trout- the trout fishing has been fun as they can be found very shallow and in good numbers! Casting or trolling 2.5-6" jerk baits or casting jigs to rocky shorelines will produce plenty of fish and as last weekend's Kiwani's tournament revealed with a 5.7 pound big fish, there are some nice browns lurking in the waters of Blue Mesa! The rainbow population appears to be doing great as well, with some chunky rainbows showing up while casting and trolling.
Kokanee Salmon- Yes, it's still a little early, but the kokanee are showing up! Depending on the day, we've been catching 5-10 kokes in a 6 hour period with several "LDR's" (Long distance releases). The fish are mostly showing up in the top 30' of the water column, but some have been caught around 50'. The color changes with the day and throughout the day so be ready to do the typical kokanee lure search until you find one they like. Some of the fish that we have been catching are exceptionally big for this time of year, which could support the CPW's sonar surveys that the overall kokanee #s are down this year.
Good luck and God Bless! Brought to you by Robby Richardson of Sport Fish Colorado.
Sport Fish Colorado and Ice Fish Colorado was created in late 2009 by Robby Richardson. Robby has had an intense passion for fishing and the outdoors since he was first able to walk. His grandpa was a great outdoorsman and his father took him fishing quite often as a child. As Robby grew so did his passion for fishing and in high school he began fishing as much as he could in between school and the sports he played. It was at this point in his life that he decided he would like to help other people enjoy the sport he loved so much and that guiding would be the best way to do that.
Robby then attended college at Western State College in Gunnison where he found himself in the epicenter of many great fishing and outdoor opportunities! He immediately fell in love with this part of God's beautiful county. The following summer, he was blessed with a job as a fishing guide working for the concessionaire at Elk Creek Marina. This was his first guiding experience, but he immediately took to the responsibility of helping people have fun catching fish!
Over the next four years Robby built up his clientele base guiding out of Elk Creek Marina on Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reservoirs. Unfortunately, there were several factors limiting the flexibility of Robby's goals as a fisherman and a fishing guide so in the fall of 2009 with the help of his mentors and friends, Linnie and Konrad Krauland, he started Sport Fish Colorado. Robby is very thankful to God for blessing him with this opportunity!
Robby's vision for Sport Fish Colorado and Ice Fish Colorado is to continue to advance fishing and ice fishing in the beautiful state of Colorado by providing as much information and instruction possible in an effort to help fishermen and fisherwomen of all experience levels build their confidence as anglers. He strives to do this by teaching and putting into action the latest techniques and technology so that they can succeed and have fun using these tools and techniques with him and on their own. After all, fishing is all about having fun and enjoying God's beautiful outdoors!
opencage, CO 5/12/2014 5:30:10 PM
Thanks for the update Robby.
malty falcon, CO 5/12/2014 8:40:33 PM
Thanks for the update, very encouraging news.
JKaboom, CO 5/13/2014 7:53:08 PM
Much appreciated I hope to make it there at least once this year.
yard dogs, CO 5/14/2014 7:23:27 AM
Thanks for the update - haven't been able to get that big boy yet... Saw some pics of guys with three BIG BOYS caught yesterday 5-13. One day it will be my time....
hunter creek, CO 5/14/2014 10:30:40 AM
I understand that shore fishing is tough because of last year' weed growth now being under water. Many lost lures and jigs are the result of tossing in to this 'salad'.