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    Headed for the End of the Road

    I have been heading for the end of the road all my life. That’s where we find the good stuff. As a small boy growing up in north central Missouri, my parents let me walk a block to the end of the...
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    Lots of different attitudes about sharing and I...

    Lots of different attitudes about sharing and I won't criticize choices by others. If you have read my posts from previous years about blue mesa you know I share almost everything I know. I give...
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    BM fish spawn

    The Gunnison country times ran an article last Thursday about egg and milt harvesting at the roaring Judy fish hatchery, where BM salmon go to spawn and die. milked fish are given away. Last week...
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    Nice to meet you at the dock at Blue Mesa. Hope...

    Nice to meet you at the dock at Blue Mesa. Hope you are having a great trip.

    We have used shrink wrap on our boats for a long time and I learned early that a tightly shrunk cover can not be...
  5. Thread: June 20 -22

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    I wish I could answer your question about what is...

    I wish I could answer your question about what is in the lake. Mary and I have a long maintained division of labor when fishing for salmon. She drives and tells me when conditions are “fishy” and...
  6. Thread: June 20 -22

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    June 20 -22

    We fished the last 3 days and fishing continues to be mostly slow. Monday we had 4 by 6:30 at Rawlings ( a new spot for us - thanks for the report mentioning this) and after nothing more for 2 hours...
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    We also heard conflicting reports. A well...

    We also heard conflicting reports. A well equipped party staying near us had zero luck for several days. Most of the people we talked to on land and water weren’t catching and there was lots of...
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    FG June 1 - 10

    When we arrived in Manila on June 1 a guy at the gas station said they had fished hard for 4 days with no Kobes. He said the same dates the previous year they caught 50. Third hand knowledge.
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    2022 Blue Mesa Fishing Report

    First the good news. Driving by BM on Sunday we watch 25 boats working the Cebolla Basin and 10ish boats working Sapinaro. The vast majority were trolling. Friends from Gene Taylor Sporting Goods...
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    I agree whole-heartedly with the others about...

    I agree whole-heartedly with the others about bleeding them out and keeping them on ice. We also "club" them with piece of iron wood to knock them unconscious. I was told by a guy who might know...
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    Thanks Nofish. I'll watch the websites but this...

    Thanks Nofish. I'll watch the websites but this helps a lot.

    Kokanee64
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    FG Trournaments 2022

    We are trying to plan summer fishing trips to FG that avoid kokanee tournaments. Am not finding anything out of Buckboard or Lucerne for 2022 tournaments. Are tournament dates typically annouced...
  13. The spawning behavior is different at the three...

    The spawning behavior is different at the three kokanee lakes we fish. We live in Gunnison and have had a slip at Blue Mesa for 20 years, but not this year. We fished Navajo 3 times on boat camp...
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    After Blue Mesa opened to locals a week ago today...

    After Blue Mesa opened to locals a week ago today we fished on Saturday and Sunday, catching lots of small trout and 7 nice salmon, 4 on Sat and 3 on Sunday. The 7 salmon averaged 1.4 pounds and 6...
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    Last Friday we received a call from the Elk Creek...

    Last Friday we received a call from the Elk Creek Marina operator informing us that on Friday, May 15 we could launch our boat at Blue Mesa and keep the boat at our slip. The concessionaire reports...
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    Blue Mesa is still closed to motorized boats but...

    Blue Mesa is still closed to motorized boats but we can provide a little bit of new information. The lake has been dropping slowly for some time and a couple of days back was at 7482 ft, a little...
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    Hey SuperD, Your idea of a personal kokanee...

    Hey SuperD,

    Your idea of a personal kokanee fishery is so cool I can't believe no else has anything to say about it. Every time I look at who is on the forum I see 2 - 4 members and dozens of...
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    After seeing that the ramps at Lake Powell are...

    After seeing that the ramps at Lake Powell are closing (and after getting the boat and food ready for the now cancelled trip) I thought I'd take a look at the Curecanti National Recreation website to...
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    SuperD I think this is a great idea, both for...

    SuperD

    I think this is a great idea, both for recreation and perhaps also commercially. I think there would be lots of questions about depth, water temps, etc to work out. For me, kokanee are...
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    Hey CH, I was stunned to hear you have had 10...

    Hey CH,

    I was stunned to hear you have had 10 deaths. We have a high infection rate but your community has a BIG population so even a lower rate results in too many tragedies. Let's all hope BM...
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    Mary and I are well and trying to keep our lives...

    Mary and I are well and trying to keep our lives as normal as we can. We have been isolated at home for three weeks, after the virus hit the Gunnison Valley hard. Our community asks that seniors...
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    2020 Blue Mesa Kokanee Fishing Report

    Well, it's time to start thinking about fishing Blue Mesa for those of us who no longer ice fish. The lake is certainly in better condition this year than last, with a current elevation of 7484, up...
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    Hey Bill, Welcome aboard. You've come to...

    Hey Bill,

    Welcome aboard. You've come to right place to get kokanee advice of all sorts.

    You are lucky to have ample time following knee replacement for recovery and PT before the season...
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    End of Season

    Nothing says the season is over like putting the winter cover on a winterized boat, which was yesterday's project for us.

    While I feel like we had a winning fishing season at our house, it was a...
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    Slow Jigging We took friends and their...

    Slow Jigging

    We took friends and their grandson jigging on Friday. We got on several schools and stayed on them long enough to irritate the fish, but no luck until suddenly Mary hooked a first...
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