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Lake: Ridgway Reservoir

Ridgway

Post By: lund1700      Posted: 6/4/2020 3:20:00 PM     Points: 0    
Anyone have experience fishing Ridgway? Wife and I are headed that way next week with the boat for the first time.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 4, 3:31:07 PM     Points: 664    
About 20 minutes from my house. What are you lookin to for?
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: Jun. 5, 7:44:00 AM     Points: 0    
Kokanee Salmon. Are they large enough to keep for a meal? Smallmouth bass, I have no desire to keep smallmouth but the CPW website asks to keep all smallmouth caught.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 5, 8:08:28 AM     Points: 664    
The kokes in Ridgway do not get very big - around 12" mostly . From my experiences they can be caught, but not in large numbers often. Maybe others have had better luck...The most abundant fish to catch are just the stocker bows, but there are some good browns in there as well. Small mouth are around too - I have never targeted them there, but have caught a couple near the boat ramp as well as where Dallas Creek feeds in.
If you are a catch and release guy, check out the Gold Medal waters below the dam - worth a look....
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: Jun. 5, 10:22:05 AM     Points: 0    
Thank you! One more thing, what about the True Grit restaurant in Ridgway, looking at their website it looks pretty good.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 5, 5:39:13 PM     Points: 664    
Its ok. Tourist attraction. If you are a John Wayne fan at all Id say hit it up for sure.
My favorite place in ridgway is Taco del Gnar. Specialty tacos that are delicious
 Reply by: Acefisherman      Posted: Jun. 5, 8:14:19 PM     Points: 155    
I fished Ridgway last Friday for several hours. I caught 5 kokanee that totaled 25 inches. Caught 5 stocker rainbows in that period also. I fished the east side going towards the dam and back to the marina.
Today I fished Blue Mesa and landed 2 kokes ( very good size) and rainbows and browns.
Ridgway is good lake to catch fish with children and grandchildren.
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: Jun. 6, 1:32:09 PM     Points: 0    
Thanks everyone !!