Gunnison Area Fishing Report
March 28 Report 2020
Tina & I took a little photo safari yesterday.
We drove up Taylor Canyon to Taylor Reservoir then down stream to Blue Mesa Reservoir.
After Gunnison the river had a little color but crystal clear everywhere else.
Day & Night time temperatures have not gotten much above freezing & not much sun either.
Fishing should really heat up with the temperatures mid week.
We were hard pressed to find a dozen fishermen on the river in 40 miles of great water.
Winter Report 2020
March is an exciting time! Most of the below zero temperatures are over and the rivers start to ice out and open up. Use extreme caution when fishing on or near ice! Ice shelves can collapse with you on them, also keep an eye out for small to large icebergs floating down river.
Trout are still holding in the deeper runs and waiting for smaller nymphs and midges to come to them. Fine tippet and leaders help with a stealthy presentation and natural drift for the small flies. Water temperatures will be in the 30's for some time and the large nymphs just don't like to come out from the rocks until things warm up. Zebra Midges, RS-2's, Juju Bees, pheasant tails, BWO nymphs and two bit hookers all between size 18 & 26 can be used anywhere in the valley for the month of March. It's early for the rainbows to start spawning but leading with an egg pattern is a great way to attract the trout.
Coming out for Spring Break? Contact us about a guided fishing trip, beginners always welcome!
Current Gunnison County River Flows
Click on the "Real Time Flow" button to open river flows in a new page.
Most gauges are frozen through the winter and start to thaw out in March & April.
Because elevations in Gunnison County vary greatly (High 14,285 Feet. Low , 5,880 Feet) hatch times vary greatly as well. Insects hatch first at the lower elevations, as water temperatures warm the hatches continue into the high country. The Green Drake Hatch (largest mayfly of the year sizes 10-12) starts above Blue Mesa Reservoir in early June and finishes above Taylor Reservoir in Late July or mid August.