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Open water season is off to a great start!

It’s been a busy Spring and we are up and running with the 2023 open water season on Blue Mesa! We’ve had a very late ice out and the water has risen over 46 feet (and rising) which has made for a unique spring fishing. We are around 30 feet below full and expected to be within 10 feet of full by July.

Current fishing report:

Trout – The trout fishing has been consistently excellent! Both casting shorelines and trolling have been producing good numbers of trout each day. Our water temps have just risen into the low 50s and 60s so the majority of those fish are fairly shallow.

Salmon – We are just starting to consistently catch a few salmon each day. There seem to be good numbers of salmon but they are very shallow and very boat shy at the moment. As water temps continue to increase, they should move deeper and easier to catch.

Lake Trout – The lake trout fishing has been challenging with the rising water levels. We have had some really productive days and some really tough days. Most days if you put in the time, we are having opportunities at some great fish. With the increased lake trout pressure this season in the wake of the amazing 73.29 lb laker caught, we would like to stress the point even more of the obligation we have to take care of these fish and to handle them with care and return them to the water quickly. These lake trout are a fragile resource and it takes many, many years to grow them to trophy size.

Perch – We are seeing good numbers of perch currently on their spawning beds. We expect to have a good perch bite later in the summer extending into the fall with all of the new vegetation underwater from the last several dry years.

2023 Fishing Forecast:

With the much-needed increase in water and the largest runoff we’ve had in 4 years, we’re anticipating cooler water temps later into the summer which should make for a great season of fishing and productive fishing extending later into the season.

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