Curecanti Fishing Report - August 21, 2022
Gunnison River – The Gunnison is holding up nicely and fishing well. The flow is pretty steady and there is a pretty good Mayfly hatch still going on. The monsoonal rains are helping to keep temperatures down. Fish are running a little smaller but are willing. Hard to find solitude, though, as lots of folks are wading in or floating down the river. Still seeing some early salmon in the river and they are fair game until September 1st. (Thanks to Gene Taylor’s crew for the tips)
Shore - Trout fishing for Browns and Rainbows is decent, as long as you get out there early. North Willow is always a good bet as is Dry Creek (until the swimmers show up). As was the case last week, the riverbank where the Gunnison empties into Iola Basin is producing fish as well.
Boats – Fishing is respectable. The major effort for Kokanee seems to be in Cebolla but the best bite seems to still come well after noon. (which, of course, is when our monsoonal thunderstorms seem to roll in…) Browns and Rainbow are being taken regularly but you need to go a little deeper mid-day. Out at Sapinero, the Rainbow are saving many a trip and are best over towards the mouth of Soap Creek. Mackinaw are still on strike. Perch in Iola are available in some numbers – spoke with a family that was cleaning a dozen decent fish at the Stevens Creek cleaning station. Find cover, find Perch…Overall, the fishing is good.
Another reminder – On the weekends we are seeing a lot of paddleboards, kayaks and other low-riding craft out on the water. Please keep an eye out for them, especially at cruise, and give them some room.
(Thanks to the NPS and Colorado ANS crews for all the help)
All Colorado State fishing regulations apply within Curecanti National Recreation Area. Please refer to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Regulations.
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KOKANEE SALMON AND LAKE TROUT IN BLUE MESA
Last updated: August 22, 2022