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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa

Post By: colotroy      Posted: 6/4/2021 12:38:40 PM     Points: 320    
Has anyone been to Blue lately? How's the kokanee fishing this year? I know about the gill lice situation and the low water but I have a trip scheduled for next week and was wondering what people are seeing first hand....

Thanks in advance!
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jun. 4, 1:15:54 PM     Points: 1929    
Kokanee has been hit or miss for me. Trolling pop gear has produced best for us. Really hard to find quantity but we just trust the electronics and really just put the bait in front of them. Been running a lot of mini cowbells (chrome) with hoochies in pink and/or orange. Last week they seemed to be in 35fow. I'll be there again this weekend and will probably focus on Lakers (they have been on this past couple weeks).

I hope that helps.
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: Jun. 4, 1:24:18 PM     Points: 320    
That helps, thanks. Where have you been finding the lakers and are you jigging for trolling for them?
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jun. 4, 11:26:59 PM     Points: 1929    
Over the past month we keep moving west. Tomorrow we will start at Middle bridge, then work back east. Mainly downrigging, but if we are marking on the bottom and trolling isn't working, we will spot lock and vertical jig large tubes. If you are looking for quantity, 19-22" fish I'd suggest 3-4" pumpkin tubes with sucker meat. We tend to use 7-8" tubes rainbow pattern with no sucker for larger fish. Again, trust your electronics!
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: Jun. 7, 8:54:47 AM     Points: 320    
Thanks! That gives me a place to start. I'll be there this coming weekend and will start in Cebola and then to the flats on the North side of Sapinero, I guess that depends on the water level. I've never been to Blue when it's this low.

If you see a white full cab Hewes "Fish Tank" say hi! I have a slip reserved at Elk Creek...
 Reply by: colotroy      Posted: Jun. 16, 7:12:28 AM     Points: 320    
We did pretty good Sat and Monday. We ended up with our limits of trout and caught 8 kokanee. Of course all the kokanee had gill lice, even the 1 small one we caught was full of them. The trout were mostly free of them but 2 of the trout had them too.

A pink Arnie behind cow bells was the killer for kokanee and trout. We couldn't get anything with dodgers and squids. We also caught kokanee and trout on green tasmanian devils.

We did good at the Iron Works in Cebola and better in Sapinero South and West of the point between the 2 canyons on the North side.

We tried for the macks Sunday and I got skunked. We could see the big macks come by and check out our lures but couldn't get a bite most of the morning. We then headed to Cebola looking for mack pups and never found any...

Overall we had a great time. This is the first time I've stayed in the boat at the marina and it's a nice marina. I hope Blue Mesa fills up more next year. I worry about it as a fishery going forward.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 16, 8:16:01 AM     Points: 730    
Anyone who fishes Blue is concerned about its future.... or should be
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: Jun. 16, 8:42:24 PM     Points: 0    
Is it safe to eat the Kokanee?
 Reply by: sowhat      Posted: Jun. 17, 8:41:48 AM     Points: 8    
Thank the hatcheries for the gill lice. I've seen it all over the state. Only way to get rid of them is to kill off the hatcheries to clean them up. After having to kill them off for Whirling Disease you wont see them kill them off for gill lice. They are in most lakes here now. Get used to it. They wont do anything about it.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jun. 17, 3:56:36 PM     Points: 1929    
Yes they are safe to eat
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: Jun. 17, 8:31:57 PM     Points: 0    
Thanks chodeman. We'll be there next Sunday to Thursday trying our best.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jun. 19, 12:11:18 AM     Points: 1929    
Good luck to you and please post your results.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: Jun. 19, 12:59:43 AM     Points: 1099    
Now what are they doing to blue yarddogs?

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