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Fish: Brook Trout

Float Tubing for Tigers/Brookies on Grand Mesa

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/24/2020 2:10:03 PM     Points: 86    
With the weather starting to cool up in the high country, it's that time of year where I start to transition to mostly trout fishing! Sam and I went up to the Mesa and hit a lake at around 10.4K, that we have never fished...Lake reportedly has Tiger Trout and Brook trout in it, although we only caught the Brookies! Spoke to another angler that was heading out when we got there and said he caught 3 that day.

We brought the float tubes and had good success in the few hours fished with 2" Micro Minnows and got one off the HD Brown Trout. We would've stayed longer, however it got pretty cold when the sun started to set and Sam didn't bring a coat...I also fell in the water and filled my waders right when we got there so I was pretty cold too😂😂 Caught that awesome moment on camera as well lol...Can't wait to start really focusing on the Trout for the Fall Transistion and the Fall season...Fingers crossed for some Master Angler sizes!

Got another Gopro for water shots, got some fun releases! Hope you guys enjoy the video, tight lines!

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 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 9/24/2020 5:57:16 PM     Points: 6363    
Nothing like a good dunk in the water to start the day off lol. Great video as usual, did you keep any for dinner, those brookies are usually great to eat.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/24/2020 6:21:53 PM     Points: 86    
not too old to fish

Man it was rough, didn't think it would make me as cold as it did but I was half frozen by the time we left...Didn't think to bring a stringer, cooler, or anything...We're going to head back to that lake in the next week or two, bringing the stringer for sure when I do.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/24/2020 6:27:55 PM     Points: 40706    
Very pretty venue and if all the brookies you caught were that size...outstanding! We only get a few like that on our mountain trips.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 9/24/2020 8:19:12 PM     Points: 348    
The brookies are showing their spawning best.! Not a whole lot of Tigers left there, I think. I think it partially winterkilled two years ago. We caught more tigers than brookies there until last year. I caught 5 tigers and 10 brook trout there in July with my brother and his GF. Couple years ago the numbers were in the 40ís. Plus it gets fished a lot and people keep Tigers lots of times. We throw back all the Tigers and keep a few brookies there. SMG and Karen tore it up too on their kayaks a few years back.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 9/24/2020 10:09:13 PM     Points: 89    
Thanks for the production. Love living vicariously through the vids/pics. Keep em coming...........
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/25/2020 9:58:35 AM     Points: 86    

I thought so too! Loved it there, there's several other lake nearby...Going to hopefully spend a few other days over there before it starts snowing! I wish I brought my stringer for some of them haha. Still searching for that MA Brookie!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/25/2020 10:01:38 AM     Points: 86    

They were gorgeous!! There are a bunch in there per other sources that recently fished it. I spoke with an angler that was heading out when we got there and he said he caught a handful. We only spent 2 hours there, we didn't mention it in the video but I was frozen from falling in the water once the sun started going down and Sam didn't bring a sweater or a coat, she gets cold easy haha. Appreciate the knowledge though!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/25/2020 10:03:07 AM     Points: 86    

Appreciate that SirGreg!! Hoping to spend a few more days up there to hit some other lakes and get some drone shots too...I'm sure that side of the Mesa is gorgeous too up in the air. Fingers crossed we can get Sam that Tiger before 2021!!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 9/25/2020 9:29:26 PM     Points: 250    
Beautiful Brookies! It usually gets pretty chilly up there at night starting in September. It you ever want to fish up there and donít have anybody to go with let me know! I havenít fished much up there in over 3 years. I live like 19 miles from Island Lake.Iíve been wanting to try before the Brown Spawn.If you give me a couple of days notice I might be able to do it! Nine 7 zero 2 three 1 six 1 two 9! Text message me thatís itís you and I can call you back or return a message! 🎣👊🍻
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 9/27/2020 8:16:32 PM     Points: 86    

Thanks man! Sorry for the late reply, I was up there for the past few days hitting a few different lakes targeting several different species. I definitely will, Remy might be heading out of town I think later this month if that happens I'll need a fishing partner for sure!! I'll message you if that winds up happening. The browns were acting really finicky this past trip, some of them seemed like they were already getting ready to spawn🤷‍♂️ Seems too early for that but Idk.
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