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Fish: Brown Trout

Dispersed Camping, Great Fishing

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/9/2020 1:19:13 PM     Points: 63    
It's strange to say my first big dispersed camping trip was recently. Definitely the latest in the year I've ever done my first camping trip in my life, but sort of matches the strange year we've all experienced.

We went DEEP into Grand Mesa, to two lakes that Sam and I have never fished. Remy has fished this for years but only goes once if that per year...long and bumpy road but finally got there and couldn't have been more happy. NO ONE around for miles and some absurdly good trout fishing. The lake next to our campsite was BURSTING with Colorado River Cutthroat Trout...Caught 6 eaters for the first night for everyone! The second day we start our mission for BIG BROWN TROUT! Mission starts off very well😃

Seeing as we were up there for Three Days and Two Nights, we got a lot of footage. This will be part one of the trip! Hope you all enjoy the action! Got some good drone shots, b-roll shots, and had some great fishing action!

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 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jul. 9, 2:39:29 PM     Points: 265    
how bumpy was the road getting back there? been thinking about driving to those lakes for those browns..theyre all freaking chunks nice catches n once again jus a lil jealous lol

man i should get a belly boat....
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 9, 2:48:06 PM     Points: 63    

Pretty bumpy now that it's all dried up, this is also off the main path on a hidden road to get to the back end of where we were at, so it was pretty rough on that. I've seen my buddies catch 6# browns out of those. You're right though, it's crazy how every fish is super fat in there...We got some nice ones in this one and some better ones for part 2. Hopefully you can get out there and fish...Def get a belly boat! Life changing, especially for up there!!
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jul. 9, 3:11:07 PM     Points: 265    
heck ya man..i just started really researching the mesa in the past few months..i live in denver but i feel like i have to learn that area n go every chance i a 20in cutty last weekend! thanks for your posts..they keep me hyped to get back my man
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jul. 9, 3:45:36 PM     Points: 712    
I am the same. REALLY want to learn that land up there. More than willing to hike to some lakes, just not even sure where to start... awesome fish man. They are fatties!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 9, 7:09:53 PM     Points: 63    

It's a great area, and our favorite in Western Colorado BY FAR (I'm sure you've been able to tell lol). With 300+ Lakes and a bunch of streams and creeks, you can't go wrong for the trout. Especially if you go to the harder to reach ones... I still haven't landed a tank Cutty up there, the posts i've had are smaller/medium size ones in the lakes I fish lol. Only have witnessed tanks being caught for cuttys🙁
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 9, 7:12:11 PM     Points: 63    
yard dogs

You won't be sorry when you do! The main lakes are great and there are so many other good ones to choose from. Great thing too is there are tough long hikes, all the way to short easy hikes, and a bunch that you can just drive too! We're just starting to explore the Eastern End of the Mesa. Love what we've found so far!! Glad you enjoyed the video, part 2 we catch bigger fish! Got my PB Brown Weight-wise.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jul. 9, 7:59:45 PM     Points: 262    
Nice chunky Browns! Looks like fun? How are the mosquitoes? 🎣🍻🤙
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jul. 9, 8:02:47 PM     Points: 5238    
Great video, that looks like so much fun, I have to admit I'm jealous. That's such a unique place with no other people around it would be a good place to go even without the great fishing. Thanks for making my day!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:29:32 AM     Points: 63    

Thanks bharper! It was a great time up there and the browns in that lake get MASSIVE! Mosquitoes were BRUTAL, we use that 98.9% Deet stuff and it works extremly well of course. Anything less and they just swarm you. I forgot to bring some down when we fly fished in part 2, it was like a biblical plague around me lol.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:35:04 AM     Points: 63    
not too old to fish

Really appreciate that! We're definitely thankful to have the knowledge that we do of Grand Mesa. Not traveling much this year was a drag but, it did lead to us exploring more of the Mesa, it's a wonderland up there imo. Hopefully you can get out and get some isolated fishing in this weekend! Always glad to hear when my content is enjoyed! Tight Lines!!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Jul. 10, 7:01:45 PM     Points: 387    
Wow, what a great bunch of chunky browns. I have not seen a lake on the Mesa produce browns like that in many years. Once upon a time, when Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods used to be on Main Street in GJ, they would have a weekly big fish contest and you could go by the front of the store and see the fish on ice inside of a big glass case. Back then, many of the winners were hog brown trout that came from lakes on the Mesa like Alexander and Eggleston, but I do not hear of any fish like that coming from those lakes in a long time. Congrats on getting into them and I am wondering, since you kept a few eater browns, what was in their bellies? Were you actually matching the hatch so to speak by fishing with the HD Ghost Cutthroat, or is it just something new that they could not resist? BTW, where did you find that particular lure type, I have not seen them either in the sporting goods stores or online?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 11, 9:02:29 AM     Points: 38436    
Great video again guys! You sure know how to debone a fish like a pro! Very nice browns for sure.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 11, 4:53:07 PM     Points: 63    

There's a few good brown trout lakes up there still! This one and a few other close by have monsters in them. That's really cool, wish they still did stuff like that! I would gladly participate just to see that type of environment. In their bellies was actually a wide variety of stuff...Freshwater shrimp, minnows, and crushed up bugs! That lake actually has MONSTER Cutthroat trout in it too, since they just spawned a few weeks or less prior (we could see MILLIONS of fry around the lake) we figured it would be smart to throw on something that replicated a slightly bigger version of those minnows. 4LB Test really made a big difference too for the bite. We got a notification they were being launched and bought a bunch of them, from Dynamic Lures...Glad we did because they have been sold out of them since the first week. Sorry for the late response, had a really early night last night and early rise to fish today!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 11, 4:53:58 PM     Points: 63    

Appreciate that Bron! It was good to get away from all the people and the heat for the weekend! Really nice to finally be back out dispersed camping too. Hope you're having a good weekend man, Tight Lines!!

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