Blue Mesa Reservoir Fishing Guide Fishing and Boating Information to Catch More Fish in Colorado!
To catch more and bigger fish on Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado you need as much experience and Information as possible to get you started BEFORE hitting the lake. You need to form a knowledge base and use these as tools to execute an effective approach to fishing. The most important knowledge is to know where the fish are. If you check out our Colorado Fishing Report and archives you will always have an idea where the fish are and how deep. This information is very important to get started on a trip at Blue Mesa Reservoir and more so if you haven't fished the lake in a while. 'Where' is where YOU need to start. There are fish everywhere in Blue Mesa Reservoir so don't feel to overwhelmed when you begin- start where there was a good report or where you had success. The ‘where’ is relative to the time of year, which is mostly driven by water temperature. Did you know that kokanee migrate throughout Blue Mesa Reservoir? They start in area and move many miles to another. They move again to spawn in late summer. It is important to have a range of dates in your mind and attach locations of fish that you caught with the dates. Make a log and record as much as you can.
'What' is next! What to fish with? There are so many lures out there and the lure companies are making new stuff just to catch fisherman. This becomes an addiction that puts you further away from productive baits. You’ll end up with 5 colors of the one lure that had a great day, but the new colors don’t work. This is why lure companies make money. It’s about catching fisherman. So forget that for a while and try the old staples which are red and green Armies tipped with corn. (Almost any color of Arnies work at some time or another. One of the most productive approaches I ever witnessed was a fisherman putting out 4 lines with 4 different colors of Arnies. They always hit one color every time- and that’s how he built his pattern.) Also try pink squids with a UV pink dodger from Rocky Mountain Tackle. These baits will always produce fish so start with the basics. Then troll 'em, at 1.5mph which is always a good go-to speed. You may not catch the most or the biggest, but it will get you catching.
If you catch a fish- turn around and recreate the presentation- repeat repeat repeat until they want a change-up. This is all basic information to start with and is a good starting point. Good rods and reels will always help and enhance the experience. 8lb test line is a good start and the better the line, the clearer it is in the water, and the better it feels. If you fish ultra light, 6lb test is even advisable because the less the fish can see, the more they will bite. AS for reels, they should be smaller. 2000's or 200's, 1500’s and 100’s are smaller and hold lighter line better. You will want at least 120ft per spool to get started so have that much fresh line. You will peel off some every trip to keep knots fresh and eliminate chaffed line. Rods should be at least 7ft or longer lite and light/ ultra-lite action as to keep the tip soft for head shake. This will allow the fish to fight more and minimize the hooks pulling free from the fish's mouth.
A quick note on depth is that depth depends on what you're fishing with. If fishing downriggers, ask at the dock to get an idea of depth fish are at and try to stay around that depth. Remember that salmon move a lot. They are shallow in the morning, following the plankton that has risen in the night. They then move deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky- follow the fish throughout the day using this approach!. Start shallow and move deeper until you receive confirmation- a bite or a hook up. Move deeper as the day goes on and adjust lurest for bright or low light conditions. If fishing with lead core- ask the oldest fisherman you can find or someone at the marinas. They will always know 'about' how many colors- In the early season- 1-3 colors is a great all day depth- adjust from there.
This has been a quick overview of information you can use when starting to fish. When possible, it’s very important to use a good fish finder. Seeing where fish are in the lake is awesome information and helps you catch more. Take this information and and much more from our pages and start Trolling for salmon. Figure your first year to be fumbling with boating and fishing equipment, but having many break trough’s and shortcomings- but always gaining knowledge. As long as the Lake Trout don't eat all the Colorado kokanee- you should be able to increase your catch year to year! Blue Mesa Fishing Guide Network Guides wishes you luck!