Blue Mesa

Blue Mesa Reservoir (elevation 7,519 ft ) is Colorado’s largest body of water. Created by Blue Mesa Dam, Blue Mesa Reservoir is 36 mi long, has 96 mi of shoreline, and is the best trophy lake trout fishery in Colorado and the best Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. Also home to Brown trout, Rainbow’s, Cut throat , brookies and  yellow pearch. Blue Mesa Dam was completed in 1965, becoming the first large dam built along the Gunnison River   and is located in the Curecanti National Recreation Area, in Western Colorado.  NEW LINK 2013! Click here to see what the state management agencies have planned for Blue Mesa’s fish population’s, Not much we can do about it, there minds are made up! all we can do fish what the lake has to offer and in my opinion it’s the best place to fish in the west for trout, kokanne and yes, still trophy lake trout!

Guide Service Info

Blue Mesa Guide Trips

GSO-Colorado Outfitter # 2480  & cua-cur 5300-032 

Guided fishing trips on blue mesa are permitted with both Gunnison Sports Outfitters (GSO) and Elk Creek Marina. Gunnison Sports Outfitters has set the standard for professional guide trips on Blue Mesa for the past four seasons and we are proud to be not only the first but also the premier guide service on the blue mesa. GSO is operated out of the famous “Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods” store in Gunnison so you know we have all the newest top quality equipment for you to use. Please feel free to stop by the store and visit with Andy or Ryan about booking your trip!


 Trophy Lake Trout trip

Why travel to Canada or Minnesota to catch BIG Lakers?? I have what you want right here. 

We guide trophy catch and release Lake Trout on Blue Mesa starting at ice off (often mid April) and will fish for these monsters through out the entire season. Yes, all season. Studies show that Blue Mesa produces some of the biggest Macs in the world and they’re only getting bigger. Our focus of the trophy trip is BIG fish. 20 to 40+ pound fish make their way into the net often and is not uncommon to have multiple 20+ pound fish in a day. The trophy trip is about getting you a chance at the fish of a lifetime.                                                                                                                                                                   

Shorty Thompson Lands fish of a lifetime

Kokanee Salmon Trip

Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of the most productive fisheries in Colorado. The reservoir is vast at 9,000 surface acres and the water is pristine. The No. 1 fishery management priority is Kokanee Salmon. Blue Mesa is the best Kokanee fishery in the states, the DOW stocks more 3 million fingerlings every year. That being said, book a trip and bring your cooler because with a bag limit of 10 fish per client you have a great chance at taking home some major pounds of amazing meat! I guide salmon trips all summer long typicaly fishing gets good in june and i fish them into the fall months. Expect to hit the water early in the am and fish 6-8 hours. Trolling is the tactic, using lead core line and down riggers to get to the right depth. This is a fun action packed trip that any skill level fisherman can enjoy and you get to go home with your catch!

A typical kokanee outing with Guide Ryan Vanlanen!

Multi Species Trip

Lets Just go fishing! Blue mesa is home to koks, lakers, browns, rainbows and few more surprise. Let me decided what’s on the chew and we’ll go after em. expect to to troll, cast and jig to earn you a variety of fish! Guiding this trip Summer through Fall, this action packed adventure is a top seller and you leave the fish cleaning station with a nicely colored cooler! call me to get seasonal details.



Pricing For The 2017 Season

  1.  Gunnison Sport Outfitters, Blue Mesa rates for guided fishing trips for the 2017 season:
    1or2 fisherman=$395
    3 fisherman=$445
    4 fisherman= $495
    5 fisherman=$545
    Call for info on larger parties, half day trips, multi day trips, and evening trips.

all trips include all the fishing equipment and tackle needed, boat, guide and drinks.                                    

What to bring: vaild CO fishing licenecs (16 and older), any food/lunch you may want, sunglasses, camera, cooler for taking fish home, proper colthing for current weather and a good attitude..