Kokanee fishing has slowed down some with the full moon out… Rainbow fishing is still pretty good and you should have no problem catching your 4 fish rainbow limit.. I had the pleaseure of taking this fine young lady back out again and she had a ball again… her biggest fish of the day was this wopper koke measuring 22″. All kokes where caught between 28′-30′ and hot color of the day was orange. Todays total was 8 bows and 14 kokes. Fishing will be tough for the next few days until the moon is gone but some fish can still be had.
6-30-2010 Morrow Point Fishing Report
Morrow Point is still fishing very well with action to be had from salmon and trout alike. Salmon are following similar patterns to the salmon on Blue Mesa and trout are vulnerable in 15-30 feet of water. Today we had a lot of action from some great looking rainbow trout! The salmon bite was great as well. So far, the salmon in Morrow seem more abundant than in the past few years, but the four year olds are not running as big as the four year olds fish on Blue Mesa. Regardless, the action is great!!!
6-29-2010 Blue Mesa Grand Slam!
My little buddy Cody and his parents came up for an evening troll and we had pretty good action! Cody landed a rainbow, brown, lake trout, and several salmon to seal the grand slam! We had a lot of hit and runs tonight, where the fish would wack a rod and be gone before we could even get to it.
All in all it was a great night, with a great sunset! Fish are still holding between 10-35 feet and we had to cycle through some lures before we found the hot one. We had some pretty strong wind for a little while when I storm pushed through, but overall the weather was great!
6-26-2010 Double Dippin’
The fishing has been pretty consistent across the lake. Water temperatures are in the low to mid sixties. Based off of what I have seen at the cleaning station, I would say that trolling for salmon has been better this year than it was last year. And every once in a while, a squirel finds (or lucks into) a nut!
6-25-2010 Big Salmon to be had!
Aaron spent his seventh birthday fishing with his uncle and I today! We were after some big kokes and we found what we were looking for! There are hot bites on all areas of the lake. Fish are between 5-40 feet with some fish coming from deeper. Different colors are hot on different areas of the lake, but as always, if you wash enough lures, you will figure out what they want for the day. The four year old salmon are big and feisty so make sure you take your time and tire them out for your best shot at consistently landing them!
6-24-2010 6-24-2010 Morrow Point Overnight Pt. 2
After getting some sleep, we got up fairly early and started trolling for salmon. The bite started off decent, and turned red hot! We had a triple (which was pure chaos) and more doubles than any of us could remember! I really admire these guys, because they could have taken home their limit, but they decided to only selectively harvest the fish that they thought they could consume and they gave a few salmon to me! They also released all of their trout, other than a couple of lake trout that we ate for dinner. These guys are true sportsmen and great fishermen! Thanks for being great role models fellas!
6-23-2010 Morrow Point Overnight Pt. 1
I had the opportunity to take some of the finest sportsmen I have ever met on an over night camping trip down on Morrow Point reservoir, and we had a blast! The first day we did a lot of casting. We caught brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, and even the rare brook trout!
We spent a little time trolling to catch some salmon for dinner, but once we had enough, we went back to casting. There were hot bite periods and slow bite periods, but overall the fishing was pretty good! Once it got dark, we grilled up salmon and lake trout for dinner. This was the first time my clients had ever eaten either of these fish and they thought they were delicious!
6-23-2010 Eleven Mile Cool Down
Last nights cool front came through lowering today’s temps by 10 degrees, which slowed the action down some. Kokes were hard to find, and when you did find them, they were not very willing to hit. Even the rainbows had a slow bite today. But with some persistence, we were able to get this father/daughter team on a few nice fish and they were able to take home 8 rainbows and 10 kokes. All fish today where caught at 28 feet on downriggers and 6 colors on leadcore and today’s favorite color was orange with a few on watermelon.. With the temps on the rise the next few days, the bite should heat back up!
6-22-2010 Do you want a Limit of BIG Kokanee???
Randy is hammering fish at 11 mile and now is a great time to book a trip with him! If you want to experience a fishing trip that you will never forget, call us today! Here is Randy’s report from today: “The action is still HOTTT and consistent…. Had a fine young fisherman today who had a ball reeling in tons of fish today… including her 4 1/2 lb koke and 4 lb brown… grandpa”s best catch was a 4 lb rainbow and 4 lb koke! All fish caught today at 20-40 feet. Wind is still a pain but dont let it scare you off, todays kokes were more active and willing once the wind and waves came along….. Get out there and get after them…..”
6-21-2010 Still More Action!
Blue Mesa fishing consists of a lot of action right now! There are a lot of fish stacked from 5-50 feet of water. Surface temps are sitting in the low to mid sixties on most of the lake. There are already some really big four year olds this year (18-20″) so come August, these fish will be true hogs! Jigging season should be a blast!
Good bites can be found through most of the morning and in the afternoon and evening as well if you are willing to fight the wind. Air temperatures feel like summer after 8 or 9 a.m. If you get out before these times, the boat ride can be a little chilly!
6-20-2010 Slammin’ Samon on Morrow Point!
Marty, Rich, John, and Bob, of Gunnison called me up for an exclusive salmon trip down in Morrow Point and the salmon cooperated! We had at least as many salmon as we landed get off and a few trout mixed in as well! Salmon in Morrow are following suit with the salmon on Blue, running 8-22 feet deep and hitting typical red and pink salmon lures. The water is clear and the water levels are still fluctuating a lot, but the bite is good!
6-18-2010 More Action!
I got another opportunity to “hook” a couple of fine young men on the sport of fishing today and I would say the day was a success! Matt and Will joined their parents on a fishing trip today and had a blast! Everyone did a great job fighting fish and our hook up to landing rate was very high, which is impressive!
Lots of salmon and lakers today with a few browns mixed in. Salmon schools turn on and turn off so keep moving until you find an area that has “happy” fish. Oranges and pinks along with a few reds did well today. Salmon schools can be found from 7-45 feet of water. Lake trout are most consistent from 26-70 feet deep. I have found lake trout under 26″ inches to be very delicious when grilled with your favorite seasoning. Several of my clients like them better than salmon!!! Try your favorite recipe!
6-17-2010 Short & Sweet!
I have been on a few short trips yesterday and today and the action has been good! Kokanee, rainbows, browns, and lake trout are all hitting and the action continues to be hot at times! This is a great time to introduce a kid to fishing. Yesterday, I watched a seven year old girl, who was intimidated by fish coming within three feet of her, reel in a half dozen fish all by her self and when her mom took a turn, she asked if she could reel it in part of the way! She absolutely loved it and I think it is extremely important to show our future generations how to fun the outdoors can be!
6-16-2010 11 mile has been on fire this week!
Randy has these fish dialed in and the numbers are truly incredible! Here’s what he had to say for today: “The fishing is HOTTT!!!!!. LOTS of fish caught today including the bag limit of 8 BIG rainbows and 20 kokes for todays fishers… Rainbows are all over the water column and todays kokes where caught between 20″-30” on the downriggers and 4-5 colors on the leadcore…
Once again todays hot colors was watermelon and pink… trolling at a speed of 1 -1.5 MPH will produce fish for you hand over fist… the wind picked up fierce around 11 a.m but we continued to keep catching until we left at 2:30 pm so dont let the waves scare you away.”
6-15-2010 Good Action at the Mile!
Randy is back at it on 11 Mile. Here is his report: Water temp is down a couple degree to 56.6. This weekends cold front made the lake a little cooler. The cooler water tamps has slowed the kokes down a little bit. the strong koke bite was from 5:30 until about 9:30.. They are active if you get on the right school… The bows are hitting strong (with a few kokes in between ) and were active from 5:30 until 2:00 when we decided to leave for the day… Trolling leadcore at 3 – 3 1/2 colors was the key and downriggers between 18-22 feet… Colors of the day where pink and watermelon.
6-13-2010 Beware of “Fishing Addiction”
Cooler weather and rain was in the forcast again for today so I put the custom enclosure up to keep my clients and me dry. My little buddy Cody and his father Jack were back for their third trip of the year today and it’s safe to say that these guys have a bad case of fishing addiction! Cody is a fishing machine and every once in a while he will let his dad reel a fish.
Cody has improved his fishing knowledge and ability a lot since the first time I saw him this year and today it paid off! We caught an assortment as usual with most fish coming in the top thirty five feet of the water column. Pinks and oranges did best today although an assortment of reds and greens caught a fish or two as well. Keep up the good work Cody!
6-12-2010 Morrow is Heating Up!
Despite the cold front and rainy weather, catching trout on Morrow Point was on the agenda for today. My clients did just that! We boated rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, kokanee salmon, and even a brook trout!!! The day started off with a triple and then a double there were many more exciting moments throughout the rest of our fishing adventure! The final tally was forty-four, and these guys showed their true sportsman roots by only keeping what they truly thought they could eat. Good job fellas!
6-11-2010 We Need Some Dinner!
George, Don, Dan, Andy, and Robert joined me for a trip on Blue Mesa today and their request was that either we catch dinner for tonight or that I refer them to a good grocery store where they can buy some fish. I told them that I knew of a good grocery store! Fortunately, we caught a few fish too…
We fished for four solid hours and had pretty consistent action. Salmon, rainbows, browns, and lakers were all on the menu today! Watch your fish finder, there are areas that are holding a lot of fish and there are areas that are dead. Once you find an area that is holding fish, fish that area until you figure out what they want.
6-10-2010 Big Kokes on 11-Mile
Randy was back at it on 11-mile today. Here’s what he had to say “There definetly isn’t any consistency on lure type or fish depth. But if you work at it and change lures and figure the depth, you will have success… Todays catch all came from 5′-18′ and we got some big ones.. Ended up with 4 bows and 8 kokes, lost 7 at the boat and we released 6 small ones.”
6-9-2010 More Salmon Showing Their Faces!
Had a couple from Palisade out on the boat today and the action was exciting at times! Salmon, Browns, Lake Trout, and a Rainbow all made their way onto the boat for a tally of more than twenty fish! We had at least a dozen fish get off today too, which was frustrating, but part of the game. The trick lately has been changing lures until you find the one the fish want. Water temps were consistently around 62 degrees. Which one of these lures will work tomorrow ???
6-8-2010 11-Mile is Starting to Pick up!
Randy hit 11-Mile again and saw a lot more action! The hook up to landing ratio was about 50% with a lot of fish getting off right at the boat. Six salmon and four nice rainbows made it over the rails! Most fish were caught in the 20-35′ range and changing colors frequently was key. The action should continue to improve as we move into summer. Check back frequently for more 11-Mile reports!!!
6-7-2010 Blue Mesa Report
I was at Lake Navajo over the last few days for a bass tournament so I haven’t been on the lake, but the water temps are starting to hit the low sixties and the salmon are getting more aggressive. Runoff is in full effect and Iola is pretty muddy as a result. Iola and Cebolla have plenty of floating logs and debris, so be cautious! Look for salmon to be in the top 15 feet of the water column early and then down 20-40 feet deep as the sun gets higher. Pinks and reds have been doing well. If you aren’t getting any action, try new, lures, depths, and areas until you do!
6-2-2010 Morrow Point
Hit Morrow Point today in search of some salmon, but they were a no show! The fish in this lake are very sensitive to water levels and flows and when a stable pattern changes, the bite gets tough. The Bureau of Reclamation has been filling Blue Mesa, so there has been little to no flows coming into Morrow Point. However, we adjusted and chased some trout and young Timmy learned how to jig with a spinning rod today and caught his first few fish using this technique! He’s hooked!