Gene Taylors personally recommends these Fishing Guides and Outfitters:
Gunnison Sports Outfitters
Gunnison Sports Outfitters is the oldest locally owned and operated fishing guide and outfitter service on Blue Mesa Reservoir. Owner Andy Cochran and his team of guides have over 45 years of combined Blue Mesa fishing experience. GSO’s team of guides are some of the best in the area. They are on several Pr-Staffs across the globe, several are tournament winning anglers. Their team strives to provide you with the best fishing experience possible!
Over the last few years Andy has expanded his business to include ice fishing, walk-wade trips, kayak fishing and kayak lake tours. They also have the largest fleet of boats on the lake. Gunnison Sports Outfitters will personalize your trip to suite your needs and to ensure that you have the best time while out on the lake. Come visit them inside our store!
Classic Trip: Full Day Guided Trip, 1-4 people, Kids 12 and under are free!
Custom Trips Include: Large parties • Half-day trips • Multi-day trips • Evening trips. Call for Pricing
Fish for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Perch and Kokanee Salmon.
All trips include:
- Fishing equipment, tackle and ziplocks for fish
- Life Vests (for all ages)
- Drinks and Snacks
- Cleaning of the day’s catch
What to Bring
- Valid Colorado fishing license (16 and older)
- Lunch and additional snacks
- Sunglasses and proper clothing for various weather conditions
- Cooler for transporting fish home
Spring Fishing: Mid-April-May
Spring fishing is fantastic… as you can see —> Come now for the best chance at a fish of a lifetime! Lakers and browns lurk the flats and become more accessible with the cooler water temps.
Summer Months: June-September
Without a doubt, the cool summer months on Blue Mesa Reservoir are best for red-hot angling action! This lake has one of the largest populations of Kokanee salmon in the nation and summer is the time to get ’em. The rainbow trout population has also been booming in the last few years, keeping anglers busy. Don’t forget about the trophy fish…they’re still here!
Winter Months: December-March
GSO now offers Ice Fishing trips from December-March (depending on ice levels.) Just because the lake is capped with thick Ice doesn’t mean fishing has to be over. GSO has the right gear to get you on the fish!
High Mountain Drifters
Fly-fish the most diverse waters in Southwest Colorado with experienced guides. High Mountain Drifters fishing guide and outfitters, fish on public and private waters with more miles of private water than any other guide service in the valley. Walk/Wade and Float Trips out of Drift boats, Rafts and Catarafts with Custom fishing frames are available.
High Mountain Drifters fishes the:
- Upper Gunnison River
- Taylor River
- East River
- Lake Fork of the Gunnison
- Tomichi Creek
- Small Spring Creeks
- Blue Mesa Reservoir
- Taylor Reservoir
Private Lease Waters available on:
- East River
- Tomichi Creek
- Cochtopa Creek
Full and Half Day Guided Trips are available (Full day trips include Lunch and drinks). Learn to or improve your casting, knot tying, fish landing (catch & release), how to read water, wade safely and much more.
High Quality Rod’s, Reels, Waders and Boots are Available.
Just beginning or need new equipment? You can get everything you need at the High Mountain Drifters Fly Shop located in Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods (including Fishing License). Come join us for the Fly-Fishing trip of a Lifetime.