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Lake: Grand Mesa - Granby Reservoirs

Exploring Grand Mesa near Grand Junction

Post By: Schalley      Posted: 8/5/2022 1:58:24 PM     Points: 2    
Curious about fly fishing Grand Mesa. I do have a float tube, but not necessarily wanting to use it. A buddy has a house in Fruita and says I'm welcome to use it. The Colorado in Fruita is brown and sounds like loaded with catfish. He said my best bet is to go up to Grand Mesa and fish there. Not looking for any secret spots. Just wondering what it's like in general. Reasonable access to the fishable areas? Mostly private? Places to avoid? Special permits? I did check out the DPW brochure for the area. It's fairly terse/broad.

Thanks, --Schalley
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Aug. 5, 3:21:17 PM     Points: 238
Great place to get after a wide variety of trout, my best advice would be to just go explore. Over 300+ lakes/streams up there, some harder to get to then others...But a handful of them are park-n-fish so to speak on paved roads.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Aug. 6, 3:48:48 PM     Points: 7380
Vega Reservoir (State Park) is usually a consistant producer and easy to get to.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Aug. 6, 4:40:29 PM     Points: 387
CPW sells a spiral bound book with the lakes divided by area called Fishing the Grand Mesa. They sell it at the Visitor Center, was six bucks, has maps, species and how to get to each one. Saves a ton of time. About half or less of the lakes are stocked, most are pulled down late season to irrigate land from Collbran to Cedaredge. Some, like Island, get pulled down less than others and are clear. Some get tannic, others turn over early and get brown. Studying the book to refine an area is best, then move lake to lake as conditions dictate. I usually fish 3 lakes in a day for variety of species and to get a better bite.
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