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June 17th Change in Gorge Flows

Gunnison River Expeditions has been running trips through the Gunnison Gorge this last week. The fishing has become better each day, stone fly nymphs have moved to the edges of the water. Fish have been feeding on stone fly nymphs as well as the golden stone nymphs. We have seen a few adult flies in the Ute Park area. We are expecting everything to turn this next week after the next drop of water. Blue Mesa Reservoir has filled to about elevation 7491 ft leaving 28 ft or 242,000 ac-ft to fill. At the current rate of inflow and outflow, it would take over a month to fill the reservoir. As a result, after assessing the latest April through July forecast and the current runoff rates into the Aspinall Unit, Reclamation has decided to further reduce releases from the Aspinall Unit in order to slightly accelerate the fill of Blue Mesa Reservoir. This release reduction will begin on Friday, June 17th, continue through the weekend, and result in a Gunnison River flow of about 2,100 cfs through the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge. As always, this operation may change as hydrologic conditions dictate. For any other questions call or email Gunnison River Expeditions at 970-874-8184/gre@sopris.net