Blue Mesa Fishing Conditions
Guest Blog by: Robby Richardson 12/9/2013
Blue Mesa has options right now. You can cast from shore, fish from a boat, or drill a hole through the ice! Safe ice extends from the Gunnison River inlet to the east end of the Narrows, but it shouldn't be long before we see ice extend through the canyon past Elk Creek. As of right now, the Lake Fork and Elk Creek boat ramps are still open from 7-4 each day, but you must call in to schedule an inspection. Fishing has been excellent for rainbows and browns! The lakers are about all finished up with the spawn and are starting to look for some calorie recovery. The kokanee fishing has been fair when you find them.
More good news- the lake has risen three feet in the last five weeks and the Gunnison basin is well over 140% of normal snow pack. The lake is about 59 feet low right now so we really need a big snow pack year to recover! The Roaring Judy egg take produced about 7.5 million eggs, which adds to a streak of several great egg take years in a row!
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!
yard dogs, CO 12/9/2013 2:40:11 PM
Will be up there to hit the shores before the ice takes over and back at it the rest of the winter on the ice. Can't wait! Thanks for the update
Lefty2053, CO 12/9/2013 5:02:13 PM
Thanks for your update. I will hit the ice there next week.
Catcherman, CO 12/9/2013 5:26:35 PM
How thick is your "safe" ice?
Robby Richardson (SportFishColorado), CO 12/10/2013 2:11:02 PM
Safe ice = 3.5-7"
Suzie82, CO 12/10/2013 5:30:34 PM
Where is a good place for shoreline fishing? Is Dillon Pinnacles any good and what are they biting on?