Our Fishing Guides
All of our fishing guides have many years of experience fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir and a vast knowledge of our complex lake. Safety on the water is of utmost importance to us and all of our fishing guides are First Aid and CPR certified. When you book a trip with Gunnison Sports Outfitters you can trust that our guides will take you out on the water and show you a great time!
Andy Cochran: Owner/ Fishing Guide
Andy has been fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir for more than 15 years and has been guiding clients for 10 of those years. Throughout his career on Blue Mesa, Andy has been a tournament winning angler, radio personality, TV host and visionary for angler participation in the Gunnison area. Whether your looking to catch the trophy fish of a lifetime or a bring home a feast of fillets for the family BBQ, Andy has the knowledge and experience to make every day on the water a successful one.
Ryan VanLanen: Senior Fishing Guide
Ryan has been guiding open water boat fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir for twelfth straight seasons now! Spending over 150 days a year fishing this lake and making his home in Sapinero (one mile from the boat ramp) Ryan has the knowledge, resources, experience, passion and commitment to producing the best quality fishing trips available.
Randy Sandoval: Fishing Guide
When he is not fishing during the summer months, you will be sure to find him in the high mountains looking for the wildlife all of us hunters love to venture after. As a hunting guide in the fall, be sure to ask him about your next guided Colorado hunting trip for elk, deer, bear, antelope and many more species you would love to venture after.
Stormy Cochran: Kayak/Ice Fishing Guide
Stormy has been fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir for over 11 years and is the first (and currently the only) female fishing guide on the lake. She specializes in Kayak Fishing and recently became one of our Ice Fishing Guides. Throughout her fishing career she has worked hard to make a name for herself in the Gunnison Valley and is a tournament winning angler. “I pride myself on not being one of the guys. I am proud to be a female angler leading the way for future generations of women and young girls to do the same. We don’t have to be one of the guys to be an outstanding angler; we just need to be ourselves.” As working mom of four young girls Stormy knows the importance of preserving our fisheries for future generations. She is the perfect guide choice for your families’ next vacation.
Cody Rowe: Fishing Guide
Cody grew up two hours from Blue Mesa Reservoir in Grand Junction, Colorado. He spent his youth fishing local lakes and rivers for Bass, Catfish and Crappie. He also enjoyed fishing the high mountain lakes and streams on the Grand Mesa for all types of trout. He came to Gunnison in 2011 to attend Western State Colorado University but just like back home he couldn’t stay away from the lakes and rivers. This past winter Cody took the ice fishing world by storm when he won the Tightline Outdoors Ice Addiction fishing tournament on Blue Mesa.
Our guides have all the right equipment, know where the fish are, and most importantly—know how to catch them and give their clients a fantastic fishing expedition!