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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Koke bite is not that bad... not great either

Post By: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/27/2019 8:28:21 PM     Points: 239    
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.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 8/27/2019 9:38:08 PM     Points: 1663    
Good info. Anything trolling?
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/27/2019 10:32:57 PM     Points: 239    
No fish trolling, but only trolled for a few hours the first morning of our trip.
 Reply by: Fishdragon247      Posted: 8/28/2019 8:04:35 AM     Points: 40    
Did you by chance see any schools in the canyon?
Iíll be there this weekend with the major crowds and would like to stay away from the combat fishing. Thanks in advance
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: 8/28/2019 10:34:39 AM     Points: 2290    
How bad were the gill lice?
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/28/2019 11:59:51 AM     Points: 239    
We did not try the canyon. The majority of the people around us were very nice. Many also lost interest quickly because the lack of action. When it started to get too crowded the schools were pretty played out anyway and we just moved on and found other schools. Unfortunately gill lice were on 90% of the fish. Itís a dam shame
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 8/28/2019 9:25:33 PM     Points: 1663    
Kokanee Bro is a top notch, generous fisherman. He gave me some blades and baits to try out when I was down there. Great action.

Thanks again.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/28/2019 9:56:10 PM     Points: 239    
Thanks Rog! Happy you liked that stuff.