Blue Mesa Fishing
Kokanee Salmon

Colorado Fishing Report for Blue Mesa Reservoir

Colorado Fishing Report: Now it feels like spring on Big Blue!

Date: Apr. 23, 2012

Blue Mesa came alive this weekend with nearly as much boat traffic as the 4th of July!!! Fishing was excellent with limits of kokanee being caught as well as some trophy lake trout. Unfortunately, a lot of the bigger fish I heard about being caught were killed including the beautiful monster that I released one week ago. The only reason I am sure it is the same fish is a divot out of the top of this old fish's tail where some white coloration had grown in.

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Colorado Fishing Report: Big Fish in the Blue Mesa!

Date: Apr. 16, 2012

The last four days have felt a lot more like spring time conditions, with cold temps, snow, and lots of wind! Fishing has been consistent for all species, although bite windows vary day to day. The weather really fired up the kokanee salmon and on Saturday I thought my sonar was on demo mode because they were EVERYWHERE!!! Last week I had the opportunity to take a couple of my buddies from high school fishing. 

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Colorado Fishing Report: Blue Mesa is about 100% ice free!!!

Date: Apr. 9, 2012

Fishing continues to be excellent! All species are biting and the lake is 100% ice free. It's hard to not find fish! Kokanee are all across the lake in 5-40 fow, rainbows and browns are cruising shallow over deep water and concentrated along rocky shorelines and lake trout have been the toughest to find, but they are showing up on flats, humps, and points as usual.

There is now a courtesy dock at Lake Fork and Elk Creek is supposed to have one soon!

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Colorado Fishing Report: Blue Mesa is about 90% ice free!!!

Date: Apr. 5, 2012

Today was our third day on the open water and the 2012 season is off to an exciting start! The trout fishing is off the hook, some nice lake trout have been showing up and today we did a number on the kokanee! I anticipate this year to be incredible for kokanee salmon and I think today was just a sneak peak at what the future holds! I have seen some incredibly large schools of salmon in the last few days.

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Colorado Fishing Report: Ice out is near or here for most Colorado lakes and reservoirs!!!

Date: Mar. 28, 2012

An above average warm winter is resulting in earlier than normal ice-out conditions. Antero, 11 Mile, and Blue Mesa are all starting to show areas of fishable open water! I had one last ice trip on Blue Mesa yesterday. We left around noon and I wouldn't advise anyone getting on Blue Mesa ice any more this year. Taylor still has 30" of good ice with minimal snow and slush on top. Eleven Mile is about 80% open water and Antero is close to that. ICE OUT is here!!!

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Colorado Ice Fishing Report

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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