Safe ice can be found in Iola basin and is making its way West! Iola has 3-7" of ice depending on the spot and fishing has been..
The fishing at Blue Mesa Reservoir has been very good overall! However, the last week has been very interesting. After consistent thirty to forty fish days, the bite window has decreased and the average has been reduced to twenty-five fish days. The water temperatures are close to optimal for kokanee and warm enough to push lake trout deeper. Over the last two days, we have seen a an increase in fish activity and today resulted in a 40 fish day!
Blue Mesa has had open water for about two weeks! We have been so busy on the lake that we haven't had time to update the fishing report. Fishing has been good overall, but has been day to day depending on the current weather system and the moon phase. All species are hitting and plenty of trophies have been landed!
The entire lake is capped and about 2/3's of the lake has safe ice. The fishing has been excellent for all species including kokanee salmon!!! For the duration of the ice season, we will be doing all of our ice fishing updates on our ice fishing site Icefishcolorado.com.
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First, I must apologize for the lack of fishing reports! End of the season activities, hunting, and unfortunate life events have kept me very busy over the last month and a half. The summer of 2012 lived up to all of its anticipated hype with thousands upon thousands of kokanee salmon being caught!!! From what I have heard, the kokanee salmon egg take at Roaring Judy Hatchery is going well with an abundance of eggs already taken! Every friday at 9:00 a.m. there is a kokanee salmon give away where every person with a fishing license can take at least one 10 fish limit of salmon for free! If there are enough fish, sometimes each person can take two limits.
Whew! August was a blur! Fishing was good to excellent overall! We are now approaching the tail end of the salmon season for 2012. Fishing is still fair and even sometimes good for the mature kokanee if you run in to the right school at the right time. The trout bite is starting to wake up with cooler mornings and water temperatures dropping back down into the 60's. During the fool moon, we had a couple of good night bites for browns and rainbows! From here on out, we will ride out the last of the mature kokanee jigging schools and then switch over to chasing trout, younger salmon, and eventually lake trout! Stay tuned for more fall action!
Over the last 10 days, we have seen the kokanee salmon bite get a lot tougher. Hard work will still produce good numbers most days, but the fish aren't exatly committing suicide. This is a result of the fish seeing the same presentation for a longer than normal jigging season. It's all about the details now. Little changes can make a BIG difference! So pay attention to the details and always remember that the first boat on the school typically yields the best results!
We are 100% in the trophy kokanee pattern and the bite has been hot! There have been some of the biggest schools of salmon we have seen in the last decade! Because of this, there are plenty of schools for every angler who chooses to spend the time to look for a school on their electronics instead of being a shark like 90% of the boats on the water! This last weekend was one of the worst I have ever seen for fishing etiquette. Due to the gluttony I have witnessed over the last several weeks, I feel the need to state that kokanee fishing is supposed to be a fun, sporting outdoor activity; not a mission to deplete Blue Mesa of its kokanee salmon population or stock up on salmon for the next "x" number of years! The number of fish that I have seen the SAME anglers keep is disgusting! The possession limit is 10 fish per angler, which is more liberal than anywhere else in the country!
Overall, the kokanee salmon fishing remains good to excellent! Over the last two days the fish were a little harder to entice, but today they were back in full force and very aggressive! Trolling and jigging have both been effective, although most folks who don't spend the time to find their own schools of salmon don't typically do as well as those who do.
The salmon trolling is still red hot! Most anglers are seeing their best success in the first 3-4 hours after the sun rises, but these fish can be caught all day long. We are also starting to see some schools big enough to jig. This is 2-3 weeks earlier than normal! Hopefully, this doesn't mean that all the fish run into the river 2-3 weeks before normal, but only time will tell. In the mean time, take adavantage of the incredible fishing, but don't abuse it! The salmon numbers are back, but it is our responsitiblity as anglers to respect the possession limits the Colorado Parks and Wildlife has set forth to ensure they get enough eggs to keep these numbers up! If you've caught your limit and still want to fish, consider catch and release! We like to pinch barbs or go to single hooks when doing this to limit the amount of stress we put on the fish. Fish on!
Captains' Log We love fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir and do it with a passion to catch more and bigger fish and give clients a memorable guided fishing experience on every trip. Here at Blue Mesa Fishing we do many kinds of guided fishing trips from Lake Trout fishing during ice out in the spring, to kokanee salmon trolling in the summer and jigging in the fall. After the kokanee salmon leave the lake, we focus on fly fishing the secluded waters of the Lake Fork arm of the Gunnison River and Cebolla Creek. We also offer guided ice fishing trips from Blue Mesa Reservoir to Rifle Gap State Park in Western Colorado. Here at Blue Mesa Fishing, we try to catch throughout the entire year and offer a variety of ways to do it. If you’re interested in a trip, look through any of our packages, or just read through our site to learn how you can catch more and bigger fish in Colorado. Thanks again for checking us out and visit our three new sites found at the bottom of each page! Fish On