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Fish: Colorado River Cutthroat

Beating the Heat, Grand Mesa

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 7/16/2018 5:06:43 PM     Points: 318    
Back to Grand Mesa for a 3 day weekend with my wife and all four grandkids. Temps below in the Uncompahgre Valley have been near a hundred every day, it was 64 when we pulled the rigs down the hill at one. We camp at some varying developed campsites so we can still have a fire. One of the few places in Colorado with stage 1 instead of stage 2. Then I take the 4 wheeler in my truck to one of a dozen trails to cutt lakes or brookie lakes from 3 to 12 miles, usually rocky and slow. Yesterday I took off on the Can Am at 6 and got to the lake at 7. Since it was raining when I left I just bank fished the two lakes and fished for 4 hours until my arm was achy again, caught a dozen small brookies and about that many cutts from 12” to 17”, smaller than two weeks ago. I kept my four and released the other 8 of various sizes again, all beautiful fish.
Next day was fishing with the 4 grandkids at Ward Creek, Eggleston and Island. They had a blast catching stocker rainbows. One of the best parts of the trip was watching the kids watching 3 bucks in velvet, a family of marmots whose whistles were our morning alarm clock, plus the Stellar Jay camp robbers that cleaned up our crumbs. All in all, another unbeatable Grand Mesa family outing.
Russ n Karen, next four weekends are busy with a funeral, county fair, then class reunion, and Rockies weekend, but August 17-20 is open if it doesn’t get into your muzzle loading. I know you two are just as busy, but there might be a couple good lakes still with some water in em, but many are dropping fast.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/16/2018 5:14:19 PM     Points: 15    
Very “cool” !
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 7/16/2018 5:35:52 PM     Points: 318    
Oldest two grandkids caught these at the same time.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/16/2018 5:43:35 PM     Points: 262    
Sweet Beauties! I walked that long road south of there once but did it at the wrong time of year which ended in disappointment! Beautiful but difficult hike,might take my ATV down there towards the spawn in fall? Great to see the Grandkids into the action!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/16/2018 6:07:31 PM     Points: 38411    
What a fun trip! A little of everything and good for the kids! Pretty fish too and tasty Im sure.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/16/2018 8:06:41 PM     Points: 14439    
Man I would have loved to been there again. Very cool and nice to see the kids out fishing. I’m sure the cooler temps where great too. The wildlife is just an added bonus. I’ll give you a call about setting something up that weekend.