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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

Perch Fishing on Blue Mesa

Post By: Fisher303      Posted: 2/23/2022 12:55:42 PM     Points: 0    
Me and Buddy have gone to Blue Mesa a couple years ago and had good luck catching perch at the Willow Creek outlet, but it sounds like water levels are down and that area might not be below water level. Any suggestions on where to fish for some Perch?
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Feb. 23, 9:08:51 PM     Points: 3068
With the water levels changed so much, the perch have been tough to find. I know a few have been caught in Iola near the riverbed midway between the iola ramp and dry creek areas. If you find them, you might be the first!

Good luck!
 Reply by: tnhj      Posted: Feb. 24, 10:57:07 PM     Points: 56
The elk creek marina area can be good. I love Gunni i lived there for five years.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: Mar. 1, 4:21:29 PM     Points: 2954
i would try from 10 to 40 feet of water . i caught lakers with 5in perch in them in 70 ft of water . my guess is the lakers went shallow for lakers to feed and went deeper after feed .
 Reply by: Mud      Posted: Mar. 15, 1:50:02 AM     Points: 74
Perch are one of my main targets on Blue Mesa, and I have struggled bad this winter on them. I found one single spot that regularly has some, it's a piece of brush/branches sticking a few feet off the bottom near a rocky shore in about 15 FoW, but there are never enough perch there to be worth really hitting it. Other than that one spot, I have not caught or seen a single one despite always taking a bit of time out there to see if I can find a few.

I went back into some of the arms a few times to hit the timber but had no luck on perch, just trout.

I wonder if the population is on a bust cycle right now, I couldn't find many from boat last fall either. Maybe the lowering water levels over the past few years means not enough flooded brush for spawning habitat? Or maybe I just suck at finding them. The lakers and browns always seem to find enough to have a few in their bellies.
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