Blue Mesa Ice Fishing Report: Wierd year, but still some safe ice

Safe still spans from the Gunnison River Inlet to about a 1/2 mile west of Elk Creek Boat Ramp. There is also 3-6″ of ice from the dam to a 1/4 mile east of Mac Island. The temps have been warm and the conditions seem to change daily so use caution! There is still about 5-8 miles of open water from the Soap Creek Arm to the Bay of Chickens. Fishing seemed to slow down a bit after last weeks full moon, but has still been good for all species except kokanee salmon. Rainbow trout seem to be everywhere, especially on the eastern half of the lake! Focus on 10-30 feet of water and fish aggressive. Pk Flutter fish in perch colors has been a top choice! If the fish aren’t in an aggressive mood, try a small ice jig tipped with a piece of worm or a wax worm. Brown trout can be caught the same way, but are typically a little deeper, in 20-60 feet of water. The lake trout fishing has been good this winter, with plenty of sup 22″ fish being caught and a few bigger fish showing up! The ole’ trusty tube jig tipped with a piece of sucker meat is a “go-to.” Focus on 40-80 feet of water and be sure to drill lots of holes! Perch have been showing up all around Iola with several caught in last weeks Tightline Ice Addiction Tournament! A small ice jig with a piece of worm usually does the trick! The wildlife and sunsets around the lake have been a BONUS!!!

Showing of the Trout

Sun set on Blue Mesa

Lovely school of fish on the ice

Awesome Big Fish on Blue Mesa Ice

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