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Post By: bobcats92      Posted: 7/23/2020 12:17:18 PM     Points: 333    
So I need to bug out for a few days and I've always wanted to get down and explore the Gunnison area. I think it's finally time I made it down there. Does anyone have any suggestions on dispersed camp areas in the area that would give me a good base of operations for a few days of fishing? I'm still trying to figure out where my time would be best spent, I don't have a boat, so i'll be primarily shore / river fishing. Haven't fished BM but I was leaning more towards some rivers. I'm open to suggestions though. Any advice in general for this SW colorado greenhorn would be much appreciated

 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: Jul. 23, 1:07:45 PM     Points: 579    
I'm not a local but judging by the automated stream flow data, the Taylor tail-water looks like a great flow not at just above 300, and way below normal for this time of year as the run-off seems to have ended early. I've been researching for my own trip next month and there looks to be tons of public access to great wade fishing from the lodgepole campground up to Lottis Creek campground. smaller creeks in the area include Lottis cr, cement creek and the east river north of crested butte. i've always found the gunny to be too big for my taste but maybe if you throw lures you could work it better at these flows
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jul. 23, 3:29:05 PM     Points: 6818    
Almont is also a great place for a base of operations, close to the Taylor C&R area, Taylor Reservoir, the lower Taylor River, as well as the Gunnison River. Shore fishing Taylor Reservoir can be great for trout and pike . Marina store there often has good intel.

Catch some whoppers!
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: Jul. 23, 3:29:28 PM     Points: 890    
From Almont to Taylor dam you have 19 miles of stream to fish. Most of it is open except 3 stretches of private land . You have 4 hundred yards to fish below the dam for big bows and Browns. The river above the dam is fishable but probably low . There are campground along the Taylor and a campground above the lake. You can shore fish the lake. Try tube jigs at the dam for mackinaw and the inlet with your fly rod. good Luck
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jul. 23, 4:21:41 PM     Points: 68    
Taylor River can be deceptively dangerous fyi.. I would try the river section as the Gunn gets close to the BM inlet. The river gets wider and deeper-probably slower now also. Big Mesa fish can be found in those stretches where river becomes reservoir. Bugs may be vicious so plan accordingly.
 Reply by: bobcats92      Posted: Jul. 25, 10:28:46 AM     Points: 333    
Thanks all for the info-- this is exactly the local intel that I needed. If all holds up, I'll be heading down tomorrow night and camping out somewhere in Almont for a few days. I'll post any updates here. Thanks again.

 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jul. 25, 10:57:09 AM     Points: 920    
I am headed there tonight and will be fishing BM both tomorrow and most of Monday. I have an open seat if you want to jump in the boat for awhile?
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: Aug. 3, 7:20:22 AM     Points: 579    
hey Bobcats, did you make it out there and hit any rivers?
 Reply by: winstongreen      Posted: Aug. 3, 10:54:51 AM     Points: 0    
I live in buena vista and only less than an hour away from the taylor tailwater,caught a 24 inch rainbow there yesterday.If you are going to camp do not just camp anywhere along the taylor, yesterday there was a united states forest ranger stopping at illegal campsites along the river.If you camp stay in the campgrounds provided.