3 Rainbows 4 Browns
Curecanti fishing results! Three rainbows and four browns.

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Curecanti Fishing Report - June 26, 2022

The Gunnison River - The river is fishing really well right now and seems to get better every day. While the Caddis numbers are down, they are still around in sufficient numbers to get some action. Drakes are due any time and, when they show up, you might consider a Parachute Adams. Beaver Creek or Cooper Ranch may well be worth a short drive of an evening -- lots of elbow room and willing takers. (Thanks to the staff at Gene Taylor’s for the tips)

Shore - Trout fishing for browns and rainbows is steady but unspectacular. Most success is early in the day, especially where the deeper water is close to shore like at North Willow. As the surface water warms, slightly heavier rigs will help get your casts out and down.

Boats - Mid-week (6/23), there were very few trailers at Elk Creek and nary a vessel in sight on Cebolla Basin – seems word got out that there was a good Kokanee bite on down near Lake Fork. Rather than burn a ton of gas scooting down there by water, a lot of regulars trailered their rigs West and launched down there. Reports from the crew working there were that most folks came home with some Salmon and the wilier veterans were limiting out. By the weekend, ever hopeful, a lot of effort was put back into Cebolla but there were not a lot of happy faces at the fish cleaning station Saturday or Sunday. Willing Rainbow saved many a trip…Haven’t gotten an update yet from my secret source of all things Yellow Perch but will update this as reports come in.

Overall, the fishing is pretty good. Get out early before the wind gets up or the rain starts.(Thanks to the National Park Service Aquatic Invasive Species crew 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.


The Gunnison River from 200 yards downstream of Crystal Dam all the way through Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the North Fork is designated Gold Medal & Wild Trout Water. This designation is given to the lakes and streams of Colorado that offer the greatest potentential for trophy trout fishing. Special regulations exist:

  • Use artificial flies or lures only. NO BAIT.
  • ALL Rainbow trout are CATCH AND RELEASE.
  • Limits for brown trout: Daily bag: 4, Possession: 8.
  • A Colorado fishing license is required.


  • From Blue Mesa Dam downstream 225 yards.
  • From Morrow Point Dam downstream 130 yards.
  • From Crystal Dam downstream 200 yards.


  • Colorado State fishing regulations apply within Curecanti National Recreation Area.
  • A valid Colorado fishing license is required for people 16 and older. Kids under 16 do not need a license and can take full bag and possession limits.
  • All fish that are not kept as part of your bag limit must be returned to the water immediately.
  • Check the Colorado State Fishing Regulations for any special restrictions or closures that may be in effect, especially during the rainbow trout spawn.


The Iola Basin of Blue Mesa Reservoir offers the best ice fishing conditions. Anglers must have a valid Colorado State fishing license and obey bag and possession limits.

  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed each day.
  • Maximum hole size is 10" diameter or 10" on any side. Check ice conditions before traveling on ice.
  • On the frozen surface of Blue Mesa Reservoir, vehicles may not exceed 1200 lbs.


Blue Mesa Reservoir provides excellent angling opportunities and supplies a large number of the eggs needed to supply hatcheries and sustain Kokanee populations in Blue Mesa, other reservoirs and lakes in the state. Research indicates that a large Lake Trout population in Blue Mesa Reservoir is decreasing Kokanee Salmon fishing and egg production. For more information about this current issue, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Last updated: June 27, 2022

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