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Blue Mesa Fishing Report: Fishing reports vary across Blue Mesa..

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Blue Mesa Fishing reports have varied greatly across the lake.  We have been consistently been catching plenty of kokanee salmon, but not without a lot of effort.  Fishing for the salmon seems to be poorest on the west end, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there!  Yesterday evening we caught a lot of kokanee salmon very, very shallow.  Today, I went back to the same spot and the fish were not there.  We finally found them very, very deep! Don’t fish a memory; be ready to adapt and find the fish for the given moment.  Our water temperatures shot up quickly over the last week, which is definitely having an affect on the trout and the salmon

Trout– Rainbows and browns can be found most consistently in 5-35 feet of water along rip rap shorelines.  Crankbaits, jerkbaits, and maribou jigs have been consistent producers as well as kastmasters, krocodiles, and blue fox spinners.  Casting, trolling, and jigging have all been producing.

Lake Trout– Mackinaw are running 30-80 deep right now.  These fish are roaming several different types of structure right now, but the edges of flats in 40-60 are holding the best numbers of fish.  Trolling some type of rainbow or salmon imitation or jigging a tube jig or Berkley gulp! minnow has been most effective.

Kokanee Salmon– Every day has been a little bit different, but these fish are hanging out in 1-45′ of water.  Change depths frequently until you find results.  These fish move up and down a lot depending on the conditions so don’t lock yourself in to a certain depth.  Pinks, oranges, greens, and reds have all been producing on our favorite Rocky Mountain Tackle squids and spinners and our Lazer hooks from Eagle Claw!  Kokanee killers and tazmanian devils have had their shining moments as well!  Tip these with white shoe peg corn and run them behind a Rocky Mountain Tackle dodger.

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