I am posting this because I have seen a few discouraging posts for this lake. I was at Blue Mesa from 8/16-8/19 and was able to get on some fish. We even limited out 2 out of 4 days I was there. There are a fair amount of schools, but they are pretty small. You have an 80 foot deep 10 foot wide box you need to get your boat directly above to be able to get bites with any regularity. So the massive schools with the island of boats where everyone is pulling in fish were not there, but there were quite a few smaller schools. If you search around and find one of those schools, and park on top of it you can still catch a fair amount of fish. But you really need to be the first on a school because it is such a small window. We had boats all around us the entire trip, and very few caught fish because the schools were so small.