Blue Mesa Ice Fishing Report: slowly but surely more ice is forming!
Blue Mesa reservoir is about 80% capped! The original ice cap stretched from the Gunnison River inlet to a little west of Elk Creek boat ramp. Now we have ice continuing from Elk Creek boat ramp west to the Dillon Pinnacles where it turns back into open water at this time. This newer ice varies from 3-10″ as the middle and eastern part of Cebolla basin freezing last. Use extreme caution on this section and check ice thickness frequently as ice thickness varies! There is also a little open water at the mouth of Soap Creek and then the rest of the lake is iced. Ice is running 7″ by Lake Fork Marina but drops to 3-5″ just past the breakwater. Be safe and don’t fish alone if you venture out on this new Blue Mesa ice! Fishing has been good for rainbow and brown trout. Action for smaller lake trout has been good, but the bigger fish have been work to find and entice. There are a few kokanee salmon showing up, but they too have been showing up one day and then hard to find the next as have their tasty friends the yellow perch. Higher water levels and flooded brush have made finding fish a little more challenging some days, but it will be greatly beneficial to the fishery in the next few years to come! The best thing you can do right now is cover a lot of water until you find the fish traffic you are looking for. Good luck and be safe!
*Ice pictures and ice report provided by Jerad Cotten, SFC guide.
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