BLue Mesa salmon is hot!

Blue Mesa Fishing Report: Summer Salmon fishing is here!

Water Temp 65-69
Inflow (cfs) 2032
Outflow (cfs) 1375
Lake Elevation 56' low
Boat Ramp Hours 5:30-9
Marinas Elk Creek and Lake Fork are open 7-5

Blue Mesa Fishing Report: Summer Salmon fishing is here!

It’s starting to feel like summer with daytime temps in the mid 80’s to low 90’s recently and the kokanee salmon and trout fishing have been getting hot as well!  Salmon have been showing up across the in better numbers than last year.  There seems to be a really strong population of 2-3 year old fish and a fair number of 4 year old fish.  Most days the kokanee have been showing up from the surface to 50 feet deep.  Where they concentrate depends on the time of day.  Early mornings usually produce some shallow fish, but some days the fish stay shallow well in to the morning.  Be sure to vary your depths until you find the “active zone.”  Color has been changing by the hour as well.  Orange, Pink, Red, Blue, Watermelon, and variations of these have all been good colors to start with!  Be sure to tip your lure with white sweet or shoepeg corn and cover water until you find the action!

The trout action has been good mixed in with the salmon.  Rainbow trout have been hanging out from the surface down to 35′ most days.  Brown trout have been showing up 10-60′ deep and the smaller lake trout have been 20-80′ deep.  We have wrapped up our trophy lake trout season as the bigger lake trout have gone deep and overall the action has slowed considerably!  Thank you to all of our clients who had a trip with us this spring!  The yellow perch are starting to move shallow into the coves and should be easier to find this year with less water!  The report changes often, but it looks like the lake may fill to around the 50′ low mark.  How long it will stay that high is to be determined.  Warm summers and low water levels are not optimal so hopefully, we get some serious rain soon!  Gill lice continue to show up on the kokanee salmon and rainbow trout.  Infection levels look similar to last year.  The four year old salmon are very chunky and seem to be spunkier than last year, which is encouraging!

If you want to try fishing Colorado’s largest body of water or you want to taste a delicious land-locked sockeye salmon from Blue Mesa, shoot us a call, text, or email!  We would love to share our passion with you!

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