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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa starting to ice up

Post By: Mud      Posted: 12/6/2017 10:47:30 PM     Points: 0    
I took a look at Blue Mesa today and Wilson's landing to the bridge is iced up. Didn't test it, but judging by the cracks it looked around an inch thick. Taking a break from duck hunting to (very cautiously) try to ice fish on friday. Near-0 lows and highs below freezing hopefully means there will be some fishable ice by then. Caught a 22" bow from open water right near Wilson's landing 3 days ago, would be great to get one like that through the ice. Excited for some early ice action, nothing beats being able to see right through the ice to the fish!

Check ice thickness regularly and bring ice picks if you give it a shot. Be safe out there.

This'll be my first ice season out here in Gunnison since moving here (sorry) from MN. Especially looking forward to hunting down some lakers!
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 12/7/2017 12:07:10 AM     Points: 235    
Be careful with shooting for Friday. That ice may look decent but I'd say we're looking at next weekend for ice on big blue. I fish that area daily in the fall and especially once the ice goes on, and it's been shaping up to be a doozie of a season, but it'd be a shame to start it off with a cold swim! If you're ever looking for a good time out on the ice, myself and the bums I call friends are out by lake city bridge most every day, and we're happy to point ya in the direction of fish. Just look for the big blue shappel shelter and drunken shouting, we're usually pretty easy to find! Tight lines
 Reply by: Mud      Posted: 12/7/2017 12:54:13 AM     Points: 0    
I agree entirely. We are going to bring the spud bar and poke holes every few feet, just off shore in shallow water and work our way out slowly, not going very far. If we get measurements under 4 inches, we will bail. Conditions have been decent and will be for the next few days, so I feel there is a decent chance of 4 inches of ice by then. I'm not sure how the current in that area effects it, so we will definitely be taking it slow and careful!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 12/7/2017 2:19:18 AM     Points: 1973    
This early in the season,you might take a throw style PFD and a safety rope,just in case . . .
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/7/2017 8:09:26 AM     Points: 1190    
I was out there the other day,Sunday and there was no ice at all. SO what is there is brand new and not safe at all. If it stays cold for a week I would jump on it .
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 12/7/2017 8:52:40 AM     Points: 3155    
C'MON -20s!!!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 12/7/2017 9:03:03 AM     Points: 650    
-2 this morning and a high of 28 today - come on ice!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 12/7/2017 10:30:48 AM     Points: 4335    
First time on ice you should have at least a rope
 Reply by: oldguy      Posted: 12/7/2017 10:43:41 AM     Points: 245    
-2 this morning and a high of 28 today - come on ice!

That is tropical for that place I went there once last year and the year before that and both times it was -30. How can you Eskimo guys stand that?
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 12/7/2017 3:19:04 PM     Points: 650    
Took a little aluminum boat out on it one morning. When we left the truck it was -22. That was a cold SOB - but the fishing was fantastic
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 12/7/2017 6:13:53 PM     Points: 20631    
^^^^^Thats one of those Yard dogs trips that you always impress me with. Any pics? You wont back down from a fishing trip for sure.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/7/2017 11:12:54 PM     Points: 5002    
So looking forward to fresh ice. Only about 12 days and I can hit it. Starting to get withdrawals and the shakes from not fishing.
 Reply by: Beto33      Posted: 12/8/2017 9:07:07 AM     Points: 60    
since this is in the general area... anyone know what Taylor looks like?
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 12/8/2017 3:44:49 PM     Points: 3155    
Yarddogs you the man! Haha crazy f**k*r!!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 12/8/2017 4:09:07 PM     Points: 650    
No pics, was a few years ago. My buddy (on his toon) caught the biggest brown I have ever seen that day. 10# easy
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/11/2017 2:25:45 PM     Points: 1190    
Just got off the phone with the Parks and Wildlife.
There is no ice at all on the Blue Mesa. They have been in the 40's and 50's and there hasn't been any snow to keep it cooler. The Lake City Bridge area ices up but by mid morning it is gone again. So don't waste your time unless you call them first. Southwest Region Gunnison.(970) 641-7060 Gunnison Office
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 12/11/2017 6:38:25 PM     Points: 235    
This is incorrect. There is safe Ice east of the bridge, just don't get too testy. I'd say 6-7 inches throughout, fishing was solid.
 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: 12/11/2017 8:31:55 PM     Points: 4852    
Old Guy asked how people could live in Gunny? Well it's simple after the first cold snap hits it freezes their brains and they don't know any better and then in the spring when their brains finally thaw it's beautiful there and they forget about the butt ugly cold. How do I know this you ask? Well I lived there for 7 years and worked in HVAC working in crawl spaces that at times were 50 below zero and the last elk I shot it was 45 below while I was packing her out. Don't miss the cold and snow but sure miss the spring and summer there.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/12/2017 5:13:27 AM     Points: 1190    

I think were the problem lies is from my question to the Park and Wildlife people. I asked if there was any ice at the Lake City Bridge,which I always considered part of the Inlet. And they said no. SO yea I hear there is ice in the Inlet which must be farther upstream towards Wilson's Landing. I guess the Parks people didn't offer more than what I asked of them. Glad to hear there is some ice. Might hit it next weekend.
 Reply by: oldguy      Posted: 12/12/2017 7:42:29 AM     Points: 245    
That is cold phidoux I am glad that you still have your fingers while working 50 degrees below 0. Tough guy for sure.
 Reply by: jpitis      Posted: 12/15/2017 11:19:24 AM     Points: 0    
Can anyone update the thickness of the ice at the bridge and how far West of the bridge you can fish. Thanks for any info!!
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/15/2017 1:53:42 PM     Points: 1190    
About 7" and nothing west of the bridge that would be safe. All East of the Bridge last report.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/15/2017 6:25:01 PM     Points: 5002    
Good info Lefty, hoping to get there next Friday.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 12/15/2017 10:23:26 PM     Points: 1093    
I'm there very soon.

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