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Brother in law and I decided to take our pontoons up to Blue Mesa and troll around Elk Creek area. Since we are only paddling around with our flippers and oars there is no need to have a boat inspection but still had to wait for the park ranger to open up the gate so we could drive down the ramp to put our pontoons in. While gearing up, watched the CDOW gill netters put in and head down lake. While taking out around 3:30 the CDOW folks passed by the marina and headed up lake to do some more of what they seem to think is helping!! Okay enough editorializing.

Could not have asked for a better day on the lake. From 8:30 to 3:30 there was not a cloud in the sky, absolutely not a bit of wind, and pretty much the entire area around Elk Creek all to ourselves. The water around Elk Creek looked like glass with the lack of wind which may have made the fishing a big harder as I usually do a bit better when there is a bit of a ripple or small waves on the lake. I had my Hummingbird fish finder which showed lots of fish but they were all bottom hugging. We caught fish off and on the whole time but most were in the 10 - 13 inch range. Mixture of rainbows and browns. The rainbows were healthy looking however the browns looks a bit skinny. The park ranger told us that perch were biting but didn't really target them so don't know if that's good info or not.

Did not keep any fish so no fish porn to show for our efforts. I did take some pictures of the area we were fishing in but still figuring how to add pic's to this site. While my brother in law was fishing lures and such I stuck with a maroon woolly bugger with a size 10 prince nymph dropper about 18 inches below the bugger. All fish were caught with the prince nymph.

I spent most of my time in the cove just to the east of the marina but did try directly across the lake from the marina as well. Paddling around with the flippers all day made for a tired ride home but it was worth it just to get out and enjoy probably the last really nice fall day of the year.

One of the reasons we chose Elk Creek is to look at the lake area that we normally ice fish to see bottom structure, depth, etc which the little Hummingbird 120 fishing buddy does just fine. If I can get the pictures off my camera and figure out how to post them I will try and add them.
 

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Nice report sir!
 

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Pilot, Was there Sat/Sun with Browntime for our annual trip. Austin was throwing a big fly called a sculpzilla. He caught a ton of fish on it most were slimers but many 14-18" rainbows and a few 16-17" browns off the back of the boat till he got the fly stuck in the back of his head with a gust of wind.

I Used gulp minnows to catch many browns/rainbows and a few slimers and we used jigs to get some perch. Some perch were 12" or so but most were 7".

Like you said the browns were skinny. Looks like the netting of the lakers to help the salmon has caused a boom in perch which are competing for the crawdads and are a very much less nutritious meal than other food. Short sighted DOW takes one problem and makes another.
 
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