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Enjoy a trip to Eagle River

By Joel L. Evans

Longing to fish every river we encounter, even if the occasion is brief, is a common emotion of every angler. With so many rivers in western Colorado alone, angst to stop and fish every water we see is a natural but sometimes fleeting affair. Some places we return to often. Others are visited only occasionally, maybe just once. How can the Eagle River not grab you? For a multitude of reasons, it is common for western Colorado residents to travel to the eastern side of the hill. So, for ...


Fishing tournament helps with smallmouth bass problem at Ridgway Reservoir

By Dale Shrull

Smallmouth bass in Colorado? That’s right. But how in the world did a freshwater fish found in places like the upper Mississippi River basin, parts of the Great Lakes system and the Hudson Bay basin, find its way into a high-country reservoir like Ridgway Reservoir in Ouray County? The answer is simple. Smallmouth bass were illegally stocked in Ridgway Reservoir, located at Ridgway State Park, and the prolific fish reproduced rapidly, which is a major concern for Colorado’s ...


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The fishing is Grand

By Joel L. Evans

So many waters, so little time. Such can be said of most any hobby or activity, especially an outdoor-related adventure. The world is abundant with outdoor recreational opportunities. Fishing can be worldwide, but the geographic area covered by the rectangular lines of the state of Colorado are alone enough to fill a lifetime of angling opportunity. Although you would not want to intentionally limit yourself, if the only place in Colorado you could get to has “grand” in its ...


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Trout trouble: Report finds that native fish face several threats

By Dale Shrull

The future of native trout in the United States is in big trouble. That’s the finding of a new Trout Unlimited report recently released. The report by the cold-water conversation group cites climate change, nonnative species, energy development and the demand on water resources as the main threats to native trout. “We wanted people to know about the threats that these fish face, and we looked at four main threats in detail,” said Jack Williams, senior scientist for ...


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Rally of the rainbows

By Dale Shrull

The rainbow trout is making a comeback. Actually, these colorful fish worthy of the name rainbow were never completely gone from Colorado waters, but they are now again reproducing in the wild. After whirling disease devastated the rainbow populations in the 1990s, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic scientists and biologists went to work. The 20-year effort paid off with some great news. “It’s been a long road, but bringing back populations of fish that were essentially ...


Ridgway State Park hosting smallmouth bass fishing tournament

By Staff

Smallmouth bass anglers will be going for more than $5,000 in prizes at a fishing tournament July 11-19 at Ridgway State Park. There is no registration fee, and the contest is open to all anglers who have a Colorado fishing license. The top prize will be a fishing boat, complete with engine, trailer and life jackets. Other prizes will include fishing rod combos and lures, especially suited for smallmouth bass anglers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be tagging 10 smallmouth bass of all ...


Send us your hunting stories, photos to possibly be featured in Colorado Hunter magazine

By Staff

Did you bag the biggest buck of your hunting career? Did you finally have a successful black bear hunt? Did everything go wrong that could possibly go wrong, but you still had a wild turkey to show for it? Or, did you just plain have a hunting experience that you’ll never forget or was so strange-but-true that other hunters’ ears perk up when you tell the tale? Maybe it wasn’t you, but your wife or son or daughter or buddy whom you accompanied and witnessed their ...


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The great Gunnison hatch

By Joel L. Evans

The stoneflies are coming! The stoneflies are coming! Borrowing a cry of warning from Paul Revere, that famous messenger of the American Revolutionary War, we fishermen must not be caught surprised with our rods cased and sleeping. I wonder if Mr. Revere was a fisherman? Can you imagine him riding through the countryside, invoking his fellow fishermen to rise up early and head to the local water with rod in hand so as not to miss the fish feeding frenzy. What’s all the buzz ...


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Miramonte springs to life

By Dave Buchanan

NORWOOD — Like the phoenix rising from its own ashes, Miramonte Reservoir is alive again. Nearly two years after being killed with poison by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get rid of unwanted smallmouth bass, this popular 420-acre impoundment again is one of the best trout fisheries in Southwest Colorado. “I’m pleased with how well the reservoir has responded to our treatment and restocking,” Eric Gardunio, Parks and Wildlife’s Southwest Region fisheries ...


Stocking illegal bass harms area

By Dave Buchanan

It’s unlikely anyone will confess to illegally stocking smallmouth bass in Miramonte Reservoir, one of the state’s premier trout fisheries. These self-appointed fish biologists are dead-of-the-night bucket brigades, smuggling fish around the state to satisfy their own limited desires without considering the impacts of their actions. Instead of expanding fishing options, unauthorized fish introductions may hurt or even destroy what the official management plans are aimed at ...


‘Incredibly exciting’ fishing at Lake Powell

By Dave Buchanan

It’s not an advertising gimmick: The fishing at Lake Powell continues to get better. The latest report from Utah fisheries biologist Wayne Gustaveson says anglers are reporting the first weekend in May as “the very best fishing of the year and perhaps the best seen in a very long time.” Gustaveson said all species of the lake’s sport fish were caught along the length and breadth of the lake. “Smallmouth bass were the leader by a country mile, followed about ...


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Spring over to the Arkansas

By Joel L. Evans

Hoping that no one else has the same idea, about halfway between Salida and Buena Vista, I turn off U.S. Highway 24 onto a dirt road marked only by a small sign reading “Hecla Junction.” The easily traveled dirt road winds for a few miles up and over the ridge, then leads down the other side to Brown’s Canyon, at the bottom of which lies the Arkansas River. Any time you combine the words canyon and fishing, you have found my favorite kind of water. Arriving at a ...


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Spring for turkey

By Dave Buchanan

So who’s the turkey? Despite the connotations of being called a turkey, let’s face it: Ben Franklin had it right. In 1784, Franklin wrote a letter lobbying to have the smart, hardy and wily wild turkey recognized as the national bird, not the more-popular but admittedly fish-scavenging bald eagle. The “turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original Native of America,” Franklin wrote. “He is besides, though a little vain ...


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CMU fishing duo places 4th at national event

By Dave Buchanan

It’s no surprise to hear Colorado Mesa University athletes are competing for national titles. Now, you can add bass fishing to mix. Anglers Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade, the two-person team representing Colorado Mesa University, finished fourth at the 2015 FLW College Fishing national championship held April 16-18 at Lake Murray, near Columbia, S.C. The two CMU anglers earned their spot at the national finals by winning the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament last ...


Getting the facts on turkey hunting

By Dave Buchanan

A few turkey facts: Merriam’s turkeys were named in honor of C. Hart Merriam, the first chief of the U.S. Biological Service. Merriam’s migrate from wintering at lower elevations to higher elevations in summer where they breed and nest. This migration to breeding and nesting grounds gives turkey hunters an idea of where to start their search. In western Colorado, it’s not unusual for turkeys to follow the snow line in their migration to higher elevations, although in a ...


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Fender knows nymphs

By Dave Buchanan

A recent day on the Gunnison River revealed a flurry of caddis flies filling the air and a puzzling lack of interest by the river’s trout. “What’s wrong with these trout?” asked Gale Doudy of Gunnison River Expeditions. “You’d think they would be going crazy, feeding on top.” A few feet away, Randy Fender of Montrose was fishing a dead-drift nymph and having little trouble hooking and landing trout. “He’s the best nymph fishermen ...


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Taking a spin on the Gunnison

By Dave Buchanan

AUSTIN — With a spin of the wheel, Al DeGrange turned his aluminum boat in a tight circle and headed upstream. Guiding the jet-boat across the runoff-charged North Fork of the Gunnison, DeGrange leaned forward and growled at the three passengers sitting before him. “Here we go,” he warned. “You gents might want to hold on to your hats, it gets a bit windy.” And with that, the boat jumped ahead, letting the morning and the Gunnison unfold in mid-spring ...


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Angler nets big catch in his first Powell trip

By Dave Buchanan

A Clear Lake, Iowa, angler made the most of his first trip to Lake Powell and went home with the story of catching a 31-pound striped bass. According to Utah fisheries biologist Wayne Gustaveson, angler Steve Roberts hooked the big fish at the back of Warm Creek bay and then spent 30 minutes easing the big striper close enough to be netted. “He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two weeks before his arrival,” said Gustaveson, who also is the ...


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‘Cast and Blast’ targets father-son fishing duos

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a father-and-son “Cast and Blast” weekend June 12-14 at the Lone Cone/Jim Olterman State Wildlife Area located south of Norwood. This free weekend outdoor workshop will feature instruction about some original “technology”: hunting, fishing, camping, archery, firearms training, and how to sit around a campfire.  The workshop is aimed at men who have little or no hunting or fishing experience. “No experience is ...


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Lake Powell fishing report

By Staff

Lake Powell Report By WAYNE GUSTAVESON Special to The Daily Sentinel PAGE, Ariz. — The fishing reports from Lake Powell this weekend were the best reports of this year by far. Virtually all who went fishing caught fish. Some found phenomenal fishing success.    Bass anglers led the way: Reports of 50 bass (45 smallmouth and five largemouth) per trip were common lakewide. Bass were caught equally well on plastic baits fished along the bottom or with crankbaits cast ...


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