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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir
Fish: Brown Trout

End of season stuff on first trip to BM

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/5/2018 5:02:36 PM     Points: 277    
Dave and I got our first holes drilled by a little after 7 at North Willow. 7” to 8” everywhere we drilled. Started power fishing with tubes, Slender Spoons, jigging Rapalas, etc like all first ice trips. No dice, fish were rubbing bellies on bottom, had to downsize to Finkee, tear drops n medium tungsten jigs topped with mealies to catch em, but twas a light bite. We lost as many as we landed from the real light bites, like crappie, except buried on bottom. We fished from 10’ to 18’ deep, fifteen was best. Green and glow white heads. No waxies anywhere in Montrose, might have helped. About a third of the 28 fish landed were in each size class, 12”, 15”, 17”. Light jiggles and pounding in the morning till noon, deadstick last two hours. Bite died at two. About six other vehicles, 12 other folks in same area. Most weren’t catching and weren’t moving to find the fish. Still a nice first trip, each took home 4 keepers at 16-17”. Only 4 slimmers made it even better. No wind and warmed to 29 degrees, started at 5, pretty balmy for there, Lol.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: Dec. 5, 5:10:20 PM     Points: 32    
I'll take balmy any day over a blistering wind. Sounds like you still had a good time. Most other folks probably weren't adjusting their gear or presentation like you guys were.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Dec. 6, 8:18:06 AM     Points: 596    
Very cool Diggin and good to know! How did Dry Creek look? I am ready to jig up some lakers!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Dec. 6, 9:35:59 AM     Points: 5873    
Glad you guys got out and did well. Fishing BM this year is almost like fishing a new lake with the water so low. Not sure any of my usual spots are even in the water. Plan to go next week and hope we can get out soon.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Dec. 6, 9:36:15 AM     Points: 215    
"but twas a light bite."

Great story! I hope to make it down there later and camp/fish the Ponderosa area.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Dec. 6, 10:58:28 AM     Points: 277    
SGM- like a totally different lake for sure. Most dry years even like 2012 there were nice rainbows stacked in that basin for first ice, usually nice fall spawning bows every year shallow. Most years we pop the first few holes at 5 to 10 the first hour for big browns or bows prowling the edge. Took 10 holes to even to find any fish going out toward the channel. In 12 the channel was only 25 fow, yesterday was 18’. Normal year like last year was 80’ in the channel. Lakes only slightly over a quarter full.
Brad-Dry Creek should be real close, thought about trying but didn’t want to waste time being the first ones to drill there. GL and text me if you find em.
Mojo-Might want to have a backup plan for Ponderosa if you want to be close to the water. Drastically different lake with the inlets being far from the lake body.
Fred-you guys text me when you want to go. We will send Lynn out first to test the ice at Elk Creek, Lol.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: Dec. 6, 11:44:53 AM     Points: 528    
I ain't scared. Swampy is stretching the ice depth at Rifle. I think the perch numbers are really low. They need a couple of good spawns to build up the numbers.