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Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Camping, Fishing, Foraging.....Cows?

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 8/6/2020 12:08:55 PM     Points: 54    
Yes, Cows! I'll get to that in a minute...

Recently had a great camping trip up at 10K+ on Grand Mesa...Our mission (besides having fun) was to hit some brand new lakes we'd never fished. The lakes were incredibly low and all the fish seemed to be out in the middle. This was past about 30 or so yards of shin deep water covering a bunch of mud...We hiked in about 4-5 miles and didn't bring our waders or belly boats, wish we did!

Found a good creek flowing out of one of the reservoirs and it was full of fish! Lots of fun experiences on this one including exploring the new area, Eating a meal from nature (foraging for a salad to eat with our fresh caught trout), a good handful of trout, my PB on the fly rod, and COWS invaded our camp site...Funny thing to wake up too lol. Hope you guys all enjoy the video! Hadn't had this much fun editing since our last camping trip! Lots of good drone footage and we got a catch underwater filmed!

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 Reply by: bron      Posted: Aug. 6, 6:43:25 PM     Points: 38126    
This is my favorite out of your videos so far! You had a little of everything for sure and you made us feel like we were along with you. Some nice cutties too...wish we could have shared that meal! We liked the last video too btw.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Aug. 6, 8:35:14 PM     Points: 68    
The heck with tv and it's 24/7 hype! I'm tuning in to your channel all the time.....and Bharps posts.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Aug. 6, 8:46:41 PM     Points: 54    
bron

Glad to hear bron! I wanted to try and squeeze everything into a "one part" instead of two! Felt like it made things more exciting. I'm not joking, that cutty was one of the most delicious trout I've ever had...Might've been due to all the walking around and being hungry but it was great!! Thanks for always checking things out man! One of these days when the COVID passes, we will get some lines out!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Aug. 6, 8:52:46 PM     Points: 54    
SirGreg88

Haha thanks man! Really glad to hear you're enjoying so much...I love editing these types of videos. Maybe one day I can do this full time and just fish and post every day lol.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Aug. 9, 3:27:28 PM     Points: 387    
Wood ash contains salt and other minerals that the cows are probably craving right about now, and yes the bovine invasion has happened to me before. Just be thankful that they were bovine and not ursine. Beautiful fish in that tiny little creek. I sure hope the other 3 lakes get some recharge before winter or they will run a big risk of winter kill. Tight lines.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Aug. 10, 11:13:21 AM     Points: 36    
Two of those other 3 lakes used to have good fishing, and the one you camped on was loaded with lunkers. Then the irrigation district decided to drain it, creating a total kill. They also generated major kills on those other 2 that once were good. I have not been back in a number of years. However, I did run into one of those irrigation guys on two of the lakes some years back. They were totally disinterested in the fate of the fish and said that they regularly drain them way down nowadays.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Aug. 13, 3:09:42 PM     Points: 54    
Fishneveryweek

That's what I heard. A couple of our older buddies said the fishing used to be phenomenal there. Lots of BIG fish rising out in the middle, with all the fires going on...wondering how those lakes are doing right now...It's too bad they don't care for the fish in there but at least the Mesa has tons of other good spots...Sorry for the late reply, I just now noticed you replied to this post.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Aug. 15, 3:29:07 PM     Points: 36    
I guess I would not say there are "tons" of other great lakes on the GM. I can count on my fingers (with fingers to spare) how many are good - that have a decent number of good sized fish. And the number of them keeps only going in one direction these days - downward. Irrigation districts have been the main cause of this with frequent drain downs in many years.Also, for the most part, CPW just stocks cutthroat fingerlings in small numbers via ATV or by the air for hike in lakes. Contrary to what they say, stockings are often just a few hundred fingerlings and often separated by many years. Lakes get real good for a couple years, then end up dead, either via draindowns or lack of stocking. Sometimes it is due to whirling disease, which never leaves a lake. Cutthroats only successfully reproduce in just a couple lakes up there. I think the chain of lakes you were at gets more than usual stockings, but the irrigation district is really hard on them.