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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, mackinaw lake trout yellow perch and kokanee salmon at Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Blue Mesa Reservoir, CO

An impoundment on the Gunnison River, Blue Mesa Reservoir is a 10,000-acre reservoir located in the southwest corner of the state, 10 miles west of Gunnison, CO. It is the largest lake in Colorado and brags 96 miles of shoreline. Elk Creek Marina, boat launch ramps and several campgrounds enhance any trip here for boating camping and fishing.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Nestled in the picturesque Gunnison National Forest in Colorado, Blue Mesa Reservoir is a true angler's paradise. As Colorado's largest body of water, this expansive reservoir offers exceptional fishing opportunities and breathtaking natural beauty. Anglers flock to Blue Mesa Reservoir in pursuit of trophy-sized fish, particularly kokanee salmon and lake trout. The reservoir is renowned for its record-breaking catches, making it a dream destination for both amateur and seasoned fishermen alike.

Blue Mesa Reservoir truly offers a complete outdoor experience, combining world-class fishing, thrilling boating opportunities, and scenic camping options. Whether you're aiming for a trophy catch, seeking adventure on the water, or simply looking to reconnect with nature, this remarkable reservoir in Colorado promises unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors.

The lake provides excellent fishing for trout, salmon and perch. One of the features of the lake is its deep water for big lake trout and salmon. Ice fishing in winter can produce some good fish frys as well as the chance to catch a lunker.

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Fish Species in Blue Mesa Reservoir, CO

Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon

Blue Mesa Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating enthusiasts will also find plenty to love about Blue Mesa Reservoir. With its vast expanse and crystal-clear waters, the reservoir is perfect for boating adventures. Visitors can launch their own boats or rent them from the marina, allowing them to explore the reservoir's hidden coves and fishing hotspots. Whether you enjoy trolling, casting, or simply cruising along the water, Blue Mesa Reservoir provides an unforgettable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Elk Creek Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks
970 641-0707

Marinas

Elk Creek Marina
24830 US-50
Gunnison, CO 81230
970 641-0707

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Curecanti National Recreation Area Launch Ramp
This is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking. It is located mid-lake on the north side of the lake at Elk Creek Marina.

Iola Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, this is a really nice launch area with a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Lake Fork Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, this is a really nice launch area with a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking.

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Camping at Blue Mesa Reservoir is a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts. The area boasts several campgrounds that offer a range of amenities, including tent and RV sites, picnic areas, fire rings, and restrooms. Waking up to the gentle sound of the nearby water and being surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain views is an experience that campers cherish. Additionally, many campgrounds are conveniently located near fishing access points, allowing campers to maximize their time on the water.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Elk Creek Campground - 970 641-2337

Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins - 970 641-0477

Blue Mesa Point Campground - 970 641-3086

Gateview Campground - 970 641-2337

Blue Mesa Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Blue Mesa Reservoir
Elk Creek Marina 970 641-0707
Lake Fork Marina 970 641-3048
Pappy's Restaurant 970 641-0403

 

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Blue Mesa Reservoir, fishing lake in Colorado.