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Fishing Report - Southwest (6/18)
Blue Mesa Reservoir (Gunnison County)
Checked in with the folks at BlueMesaFishing.com. They say the kokanee fishing is superb. Trout are hitting down to about 27'. They recommend trolling a z-ray or Tasmanian Devil. They say the lake trout (Mackinaw) are found in 40 to 100 feet of water and being landed by trolling rainbow or salmon imitations or using a tube jig with sucker meat or Berkley Gulp!
Crawford State Park (Delta County)
Crappie (8 to 12 inch) have been reported. Catfish are still biting, as well as pike. There have been a few reports of bass and perch.
Gunnison Gorge, Gunnison River (Gunnison - Delta County)
No report this week.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Mancos State Park (Montezuma County)
The lake is beginning to drop due to warm, dry weather and as irrigation demand increases. Ten inch rainbow trout are being stocked monthly through the summer. Fishing has been excellent for rainbow trout around 10-12" and 4-6" yellow perch with an occasional large brown trout. The trout are especially active in the flowing water near the inlet and enjoy various powerbaits (especially rainbow and garlic), florescent green and gold spinners and worms. Perch love nightcrawler, mealworm, or waxworm so a small jig tipped with nightcrawler works well. Perch are small, averaging about 4-6”, but anglers should keep them if they’ll eat them. There is no limit on the number of perch you can possess and they make great fish tacos! This also helps to work towards thinning the perch population in the lake. The daily limit for trout is 4. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the park entrance station.
Navajo State Park (Archuleta County)
The catfish have been biting at Arboles Point. Water temperature is currently approximately 69 degrees. Call our marina at 970-883-2628 for more information. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses are available at the Visitor Center.
Ridgway State Park (Ouray County)
No update this week.
Sanchez Reservoir (Costilla County)
No current report.
Taylor Park Reservoir (Gunnison County)
Fishing has been good for everyone escaping the hot weather in the low country. The marina folks say they're seeing lots of large pike caught on Rapala's and suckermeat off the bottom. A 25 1/2 lb. Laker was caught jigging off the bottom.