Blue Mesa is 100% capped! However, ice thickness still varies so be careful before you take the snowmobile and run across the entire lake! The last two areas to freeze were Cebolla basin and fromt the mouth of Soap Creek eastward to about a 1/4 mile west of the Middle Bridge. Cebolla seems to be gaining ice quickly as it doesn’t have much snow on top, but the ice between Soap Creek and Middle bridge got snowed on immediately and the snow insulates and slows ice growth. I have not seen anybody on this ice yet. The rest of the lake seems to have enough ice to run sleds and 4 wheelers on. There are some major slush pockets and deep snow on the west end of the lake and a four wheeler may have trouble in some of these areas. Fishing has been good most days, but there are bite windows where the action can be fast and furious and there are times, but the fish aren’t moving much.
The rainbow trout and brown trout fishing has been excellent all across the lake. Just set up close to a rocky shoreline in 10-40 feet of water and use your electronics to see where they are coming through. The Pk Flutterfish has been a go to presentation most days! If the fish aren’t in an aggressive mood, small plastics and ice jigs will work as well.
We have been seeing kokanee salmon show up all across the lake, but most of the fish have been on the small side. Every day is different, as I have seen them up as shallow as 5′ or as deep as 50′. Kokanee like small spoons like the Pk flutter fish in a half oz variety tipped with a meal worm or wax worms and will sometimes hit a deadsticked bait if it looks good to them on a particular day. Most of our success has been on spoons. **A new reg change for this year will be a 5 fish daily limit and 10 in possession!
The perch have really slowed down near the lake city bridge and I haven’t heard of any reports of people getting into them consistently any where else on the lake. There are still some small schools by the bridge, but most of the fish are running 5-8″.
Lake trout fishing has been been fair to good if you know where to find them and how to catch them. Good numbers of small fish can be found on the flats, points, and humps in 40-80 feet of water and they are aggressively hitting 2-4″ tube jigs in white, glow, chartruese, and green. The bigger fish have been a little tougher to find and require a lot of motivation to cover water and be patient for your opportunity! I did have a client land a 36.5″ lake trout last week on 6 lbs test and a kokanee spoon! However, after multiple attempts to replicate this pattern, we had no success. ** A new reg change this year will allow anglers to keep one lake trout over 32″ instead of 38″ like the last several years!
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