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Lake: Morrow Point Reservoir

ice fishing morrow point

Post By: droolr      Posted: 3/2/2020 4:47:35 PM     Points: 3658    
anyone ice fish morrow point ? i love fishing new water .

 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/2/2020 5:15:42 PM     Points: 11476
They say there are kokos in there . . . .is it true?
Please post a conditions report when you get back.
Good luck!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 3/2/2020 5:30:06 PM     Points: 23217
Getting to the lake is extremely difficult. Best access is by Pine Creek Trail. That trail goes down 232 steps then you still have at least a mile to walk to the lake.

HP, yes it has Kokes, lakers, browns and rainbows.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 3/2/2020 5:44:31 PM     Points: 395
Man you better be careful and ask around first. Heavy flow from the bottom of Blue Mesa means scary ice. No room for mistakes as a plunge would carry you under and away for good. I think there are one--maybe two access points far enough from the inlet which require a hike down some slippery slopes. Very intriguing body of water with little pressure but dangerous. Good luck .
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 3/2/2020 6:08:25 PM     Points: 48654
Ive done that staircase that SGM mentioned. Im willing to bet it isnt maintained in the winter. That could be a gnarly walk. Morrow does have moving water which could mean sketchy ice from one spot to the next. Be very careful if you elect to try this.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/2/2020 7:18:15 PM     Points: 11476
Is this a big canyon with no open shoreline? Theres not much info on it?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 3/2/2020 9:09:56 PM     Points: 48654
Its a deep canyon river channel. You could cast to the other bank in places.
 Reply by: ark angler      Posted: 3/3/2020 8:45:48 AM     Points: 212
With little direct sunlight those stairs could be pretty scary
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 3/3/2020 5:48:15 PM     Points: 395
Extremely limited shoreline. Steep everywhere. It sits just above the Black Canyon. Very similar terrain. A fall would ruin your day.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 3/4/2020 6:53:21 AM     Points: 395
The Colorado record for rainbow was caught in 2003 from Morrow Point Res. It was 19 lbs 10 oz. It had to be caught in the upper reaches where food pours in from the depths of Blue Mesa. Im no biologist but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Hard to imagine much of a food base with nothing but sheer vertical shoreline and little sunlight..
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 3/4/2020 8:10:35 AM     Points: 745
I have wondered this as well. I think if you could access it, it would be great ice fishing. I do think getting down and back out would be quite the chore however. I had asked the Morrow Point Facebook page and this was the response.

If you do go please report back with how it was (the fishing and the walk)
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 3/5/2020 12:36:30 PM     Points: 42
I have only fished the Gunny between Blue Mesa Dam and Morrow Point Res. about 3 times. So few because the fishing was so lousy. I cannot think of a mile of trout stream in CO with so few fish. Perhaps the only way they get in there is via escapement from Blue Mesa. If there were significant numbers of browns or rainbows in Morrow Point Res., I would expect much better fishing in the Gunny upstream of it. Morrow Point reservoir is actually quite wide down closer to the dam. Looked it over from a parking spot on the north side - about a quarter to half a mile wide.As I recall when that state record rainbow was caught, there was a lot of scepticism about the guy actually catching it in that location.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 3/5/2020 5:58:52 PM     Points: 502
I have fished that section about 10 times with very mixed results. Last time was two years ago in April of Ď18, Russ n I. We caught maybe a dozen browns from 14-17Ē, nothing special. We were catching a lot at first then a steady 30 mph wind came up and we couldnít keep 1/2 jigs down, the current flow is swift. I have caught some 5# browns and rainbows there on inflated crawlers back when that was legal there in the 80ís. A lot of fish make it through the turbines unscathed. There are stunned, floating fish that didnít make it. Big fish eat these. An Olathe dentist caught a 13# brown there two years ago, I saw the pic and it was legit. But even if the ice was was thick enough, which I highly doubt, the current is so swift I think vertical jigging would be impossible. Most of trips there in the 80s and 90ís were for Koke snagging early in the morning before the flows increased usually about 8 a.m.

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