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River: Gunnison River (Black Canyon)

Good Day On The Water

Post By: bharper      Posted: 1/10/2019 8:22:56 PM     Points: 247    
I fished the River for the first time in three weeks.It was mostly overcast with temps in the 30’s with 3 mph winds.The day started off really slow until I hooked the first fish of the day an approximate 18” Rainbow but lost it three feet from shore! The fish were not very aggressive until the afternoon especially between 2-5 pm! There was quite a bit of icy shorelines but I was able to fish around it. I ended landing 28 fish which included two nice 18” Browns and the best fish of the day an 18” Rainbow! I caught all but two fish on a #7 Rapala Countdown in the Hot Mustard Muddler Pattern! Almost half of the fish caught were 16” or better!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/10/2019 8:43:46 PM     Points: 247    
Even though it was chilly it was great to get back out after all the snow and cold temps.
 Reply by: Phostakidd      Posted: 1/10/2019 8:49:02 PM     Points: 51    
BEE-autiful fish!! And BEE-autiful river scenery!!
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 1/10/2019 9:14:58 PM     Points: 3779    
River pic Is AWESOME !!!
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: 1/10/2019 9:57:53 PM     Points: 1803    
I love the black canyon, awesome day bharper!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/10/2019 10:11:05 PM     Points: 247    
Thx guys! Good times!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 1/10/2019 10:16:45 PM     Points: 62871    
Man that looks like a good time. Congrats on another nice day in the hills man.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/10/2019 10:20:06 PM     Points: 247    
Thx Kev-O! 👍
 Reply by: Phostakidd      Posted: 1/10/2019 10:22:57 PM     Points: 51    
Trout Moustaches!!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/10/2019 10:31:13 PM     Points: 247    
Ha! Ha! It’s all about the fish! 👍
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 1/10/2019 11:02:42 PM     Points: 718    
Back at it, slaying them in the new year! Very nice.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 1/11/2019 6:09:55 AM     Points: 37731    
Love that river photo! Way to go Harper!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/11/2019 8:13:38 AM     Points: 13624    
Starting off 2019 in good fashion. So far the start looking like another good year.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/11/2019 5:43:19 PM     Points: 247    
Thx guys! Looking forward to Spring/Summertime but we need more snow!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/14/2019 5:00:37 PM     Points: 247    
I got back out Sunday with my friend Chet.It was a little colder with temps ranging from 25-35 with pretty much sunny skies and a light wind.The bite was real slow to start but really picked up in the afternoon. I was down River when Chet caught this beautiful 22+” Bow on a Black Crappie Jig.His selfie picture taking needs work! It was definitely a real nice Bow! The pictured Brown was my best fish and the other pictured Brown was a beauty! We both ended up between 20-30!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/20/2019 10:24:48 PM     Points: 247    
I fished the Gunny by myself today landing 36 Browns,no Bows. The day was partly cloudy to cloudy with very little wind! I caught my fish on three different presentations(Rapala Countdown,1/8 oz Marabou Hair Jig,and a 1/8 oz Crappie Jig)! The Rapala Countdown ended up catching the most and the best fish of the day but I lost the biggest fish on the Marabou Hair Jig.The Marabou Hair was quite productive for me for the first time in a while.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 1/21/2019 2:22:38 PM     Points: 310    
You guys have been tearing it up. Two of my friends fished it yesterday with similar numbers. Because the flow is only 315 CFS, the fish are crowded into the deeper runs. They only got 1 twenty inches out of around 100 fish. There are too many browns in that river to ever get any bigger without a slot or encouraging people to keep four 15” browns. Gotta get down there again.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/21/2019 2:44:05 PM     Points: 247    
Thx Diggins! I agree on the sizes however the further I got back towards the wall out the fish started getting thicker! In the last 5 deep holes I got into several nice chunky 16”+ fish on each of my 3 presentations! I’m going to start throwing the Marabou and Crappie Jig because my friend has caught a 20”+ Bow on each of the his last 3 trips! His 1/16 oz Black Crappie Jig catches lots of 17-20” Bows and Browns,especially the Bows! Good hearing from you! Definitely get out,when the temps get into the 40’s and above it’s really enjoyable!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/21/2019 4:32:13 PM     Points: 13624    
Very not ce, looks like a great time. Might need to take a ride west and catch a few.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/21/2019 4:36:59 PM     Points: 247    
Diggins & SGM- If either or both of you go give me heads up if you got no one to fish with or don’t mind a threes a crowd?
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 2/4/2019 8:43:25 PM     Points: 247    
Redemption Day! After one of my worst days on the River Friday I redeemed myself by landing 31 Trout today! The River Friday was pretty hard to fish due to the 1”+ ice extending out from the shoreline(1st pic) Today’s shoreline in the same area(2nd pic)! With the warmer temps and rain most of the icy shorelines are gone! The skies were partly to mostly cloudy with temps ranging from the low 30’s to mid 40’s! Once again the fishing started out slowly but picked up around noon.The best fish of the day was a 19” Brown(3rd pic) caught on a 1/8 oz Marabou Hair Jig.I also landed an 18” fat Rainbow on a Rapala Countdown and two more 18” Fat Browns on a 1/8 oz Marabou Hair Jig! Hardly any ice on the River today which helped make Fishing more productive again!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 2/4/2019 8:48:39 PM     Points: 247    
Here’s the 18” Rainbow and two other fat 18” Browns. Over half of the fish landed were 16”+! Most of the fish were looking a lot healthier(fatter) today than on recent fishing trips here!
 Reply by: bigmack      Posted: 2/5/2019 2:20:01 AM     Points: 48    
You must like company
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 3/16/2019 2:20:04 PM     Points: 247    
I got back out yesterday with my friend Lee. It was sunny with cool temps ranging from upper 20’s to low 40’s.The bite was really slow considering the post front with the first day of clear skies! We picked a few up on a Crappie and Marabou Hair Jig which included this beautiful Bow that I caught on a 1/8 oz Marabou Hair Jig. Then a half an hour later Lee caught the best fish of the day a 18 3/4” Brown on a 1/16 oz Crappie Jig! I ended up with 25 Trout with more than half of them caught on a #7 Rapala Countdown.Lee caught 17 using a Crappie Jig and a little 2” swimbait on a 1/8 oz ball head jig.

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