Fishing Guides

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! Visit our Contact Us page to find our fishing guides’ contact information.

Andy Cochran
Owner/Head Fishing Guide

Andy has been fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir for more than 20 years and has been guiding clients for 14 of those years. Since the start of 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 you’re 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.

Visit Me on Instagram @gsoandy

Ryan Vanlanen
Senior Fishing Guide

Ryan has been guiding open water boat fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir for seventeen 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.

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You can also find me on Instagram @goodguyry

Randy Sandoval
Fishing Guide

Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, you can always find Randy fishing the creeks, rivers and the nearby lakes. He has been fishing Blue Mesa consistently for the last 20 years and has been an active guide for the last 11 years. Randy enjoys any opportunity to take family, friends, and kids on fishing trips to share his knowledge and passion while passing on the great tradition of fishing.

When he is not fishing, you can find him in the high mountains as a hunting guide in the fall, be sure to ask him about your next guided Colorado hunting trip. Randy has what it takes to make your trip a memory of a lifetime.

Stormy Cochran
Kayak/Ice Fishing Guide

Stormy has been fishing Blue Mesa Reservoir for over 13 years and was the first female fishing guide on the lake.  She specializes in Kayak Fishing and Ice Fishing.  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 a 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.

Follow me on Instagram @gsostormy

Cody Rowe
Fishing/Ice 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.  Cody 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. Cody is a dedicated fisherman and a tournament winning angler.

Follow me on Instagram @cody_rowe9

Kyle Jones
Fishing Guide

More Info Coming Soon!

Hunter Pierson
Fishing/Ice Fishing Guide

Hunter Pierson is a Colorado native who grew up with a fishing rod in hand, and ever since 2002 he has been sharing his love of the sport by guiding people on the rivers, lakes, and streams of Colorado. After exploring all that his home state had to offer, Hunter fell in love with the Gunnison River Valley which has the most variety of waters from Blue Mesa Reservoir to the over 70 miles of navigable river. Hunter spends over 200 days a year on the water using a variety of methods to catch several different species of fish. During the winter time, Hunter guides ice-fishing and Upland bird hunting.

“I am one of the lucky ones, whose passions and career are the same. There is not a single day that passes that I’m not grateful for the opportunity to guide fishing, and share my love of the outdoors.”

You can also follow me on Instagram @gunnyflyguy

Irah Wooten
Fishing Guide

Irah was born and raised in Montrose, CO and has been fishing the Western Slope for almost 20 years.  His passions for fishing and the outdoors have fueled a lifelong journey for the pursuit of Colorado’s wildlife.  He moved to Gunnison to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology at Western State Colorado University and most of his free time is spent chasing trout or exploring the mountains that surround the Gunnison Basin.  Irah loves meeting new people and sharing experiences on the water that will be cherished for decades to come!

Find me on Instagram @woo_tang44

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!