Five Fishing Tournaments & Angler Vacation Deals Add to Lure of Crested Butte and the Gunnison County, Colorado
Come on out to what many fisherman regard as the best fishing in the nation. The temps are warming and the melt off is running. See below for a few great opportunities to vacation here in Crested Butte, CO for some of the best fishing you will experience.
With hundreds of miles of scenic waterways and approximately 3 million new fish released each year from the state’s Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, Gunnison County is an excellent choice for a fishing vacation.
Blue Mesa Lake, Taylor Reservoir and Gunnison, East, Taylor and Crystal Rivers are among the many exceptional habitats for kokanee salmon, northern pike, mountain whitefish and brown, rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Mackinaw trout. In fact, the county holds state records for brown, rainbow and lake trout and kokanee salmon. There also is a plethora of fishing events in summer and fall and great deals on fishing packages.
Gary Giudice, a contributor to http://www.espnoutdoors.com/, and his fishing buddy Ed Weber scoured Colorado-which they deem the best trout state-searching for the best trout streams in 2010. “The Gunnison [River], perhaps better known as ‘The Gunny,’ is, in our humble opinion, the best overall freestone trout river in America. Bountiful bugs and trout, beautiful scenery and happy people are the river’s values,” Giudice says. “The town of Gunnison may very well be the center of the trout-fishing universe. Everyone and everything seems to focus on the trout fishing. The fly shops are great and the river outfitters are the best we’ve encountered.”
The pair also recommended Spring Creek east of Crested Butte, the East River near Almont and Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery. To sign up for an email newsletter about fly-fishing conditions throughout the county and to view a list of fishing outfitters and shops in Gunnison, Almont and Crested Butte, visit http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/.