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Old 04-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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over the last 2 to 3 years i'v been fishing blue mesa , we go down there to get in to some lakers but in the after noon we started going after perch , i'v boated alot of them but there all 5'' long , you can sit there all day and boat 100's of them.
has any one found a area on the laker were bigger then 5 to 6 '' long there fun to get in to but not fun to skin , dam litte guys are great to eat.

just looking for input please
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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3 years ago in June I got a 14 inch perch by the Lake City bridge while trying for rainbows. One of the park rangers took a picture of it. Sure would like to catch some more there.
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I have caught several 14's out of Blue and in all different spots. When the lake was down for several years from the drought, even up to 2007, we caught quite a few nice ones.
Now that the water is higher they are scattered and hard to find in numbers. I still caught one 14" last fall, and a 12", but in a total different area.

These were in one of the north coves on the east end of the lake. But we couldn't find em there last fall again.

A few of the toads, biggest at 14", same trip, different day. All caught on small green tube jigs.

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nice perch whens the best time of year to get into the perch at blue mesa
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They seem to be in tighter schools in the fall. They seem to go fairly deep in the summer then back into more shallow water in the fall.
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Hey Brown-time! I was wondering if you were going to chime in on this one! I even thought "he would definitely be the guy to ask"
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I've been keeping this to myself for a long time. But those perch need harvested or overpopulation could start hurting lots of other species there. FL, this fall has to be the year for us to hit Blue. The new boat will be safe enough for you and the kid!
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I have often wondered the validity of statements made about the lakers keeping the perch in check. I am sure they do eat some, but I believe most predator fish don't prefer perch after they start reaching bigger sizes, especially when soft/spineless fish are available.

Me and the boy will be looking forward to the guided trip
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But those perch need harvested or overpopulation could start hurting lots of other species there. I believe most predator fish don't prefer perch after they start reaching bigger sizes, especially when soft/spineless fish are available.
Both of these statements are true. It is unfortunate that somebody felt selfish enough to illegally stock these fish in Blue Mesa. They may have possibly destroyed this great fishery.
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