The gunnison river
The Gunnison River is formed at the confluence of the East River and the Taylor River in Almont Co. It flows south for just over ten miles before crossing under Hwy 50 at the town of Gunnison. The river then heads west and follows hwy 50 west of town where it flows into Blue Mesa Reservoir. The river is a major tributary of the Colorado River.
The Gunnison has trout in it form it’s confluence downstream through the Black canyon national park and Gunnison gorge national recreation area down to Austin Colorado where the river warms up to make trout fishing unproductive. The river has rainbow and brown trout along with some cutthroat and also boasts a large kokanee salmon run that occurs in September and October.
This run is a hoot to fish as some very large trout also make their way up the river from the reservoir (which happens to be the largest lake in Colorado). There are lots of places to fish and miles of public water for the wading or floating angler to enjoy.