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Blue Mesa Fishing Report: More krazy Kokanee action!

Water Temp 68-72
Inflow (cfs) 664
Outflow (cfs) 1568
Lake Elevation 7475
Boat Ramp Hours 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Marinas Elk Creek Open 6:30-6:30, Lake Fork- 6:30-6:30

Wow, the bite has gotten even better over the last week!  Everything still seems to be 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule and we are already seeing the beggining stages of the male salmon getting their beaks.  We are already seeing some smaller schools that are “jiggable.”  However, trolling is still the hot ticket!  We are seeing rain almost every day around noon through the evening so taking advantage of the morning has been important!

Trout- Rainbows are showing up from the surface down to 42′.  We are mostly catching these fish on kokanee tackle while fishing for salmon.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling z-rays, rooster tails, kastmasters, and tazmanian devils in 1-25′ of water for more rainbows.  You can usually see a lot of rainbows feeding on the surface in the morning when the water is calm.  Browns can be found most consistently in 5-70 feet of water along rip rap shorelines and off of the points. They are shallow early and late in the day and then they drop back down into deeper water.  Crankbaits, jerkbaits, and maribou jigs have been consistent producers as well as kastmasters, krocodiles, and blue fox spinners.

Lake Trout- Mackinaw fishing has been fair to good.  These fish are running 40-160 deep right now.  These fish are roaming several different types of structure such as points, humps, sunken islands, and flats as well as suspending out over deep water.  Trolling some type of rainbow or salmon imitation or jigging a tube jig with sucker meat or Berkley gulp! minnow has been most effective, although we have been catching some nice lake trout on unorthodox trolling gear as well.

 Kokanee Salmon- As usual, every day on the lake has been a little bit different, but these fish are hanging out in 1-100′ of water with lots of action from 15-50′.  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.  Knowing how to read your fish finder is a critical skill in consistently catching these fish.  All colors have been producing depending on the day, but pink, orange, white, and green have been the most consistent.  Rocky Mountain Tackle squids and spinners and Radical Glow spinners and tubes accompanied by our Lazer hooks from Eagle Claw have been hot!  This stuff is the hottest kokanee gear on the market!  As usual, tip your offering with white shoe peg corn and run them behind a Rocky Mountain Tackle dodger.

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