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State fishing report – Voluntary closures continue

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Voluntary closures continue in Yampa, White and Bear Creek Despite recent rainfall, voluntary closures continue in the Yampa River, White River and Bear Creek. Hot, dry conditions are forecast to continue in the coming weeks and biologists anticipate water temperatures to return to levels stressful for fish. Voluntary fishing closures continue on the Yampa River (Chuck Lewis SWA downstream through Steamboat Springs), White River (fish ...

Over-the-counter elk, bear licenses now available

By Dave Buchanan

Over-the-counter elk or black bear licenses are now available at more than 730 authorized license sales agents around the state, at Colorado Parks and Wildlife service centers, by phone, or on-line. Licenses will be available through the upcoming hunting seasons or until supplies run out, depending on the license type. A list of available over-the-counter licenses is updated every 15 minutes on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at ...

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Anglers urged not to fish Tomichi Creek

By Dave Buchanan

GUNNISON – Add Tomichi Creek to the list of waters where high water temperatures and low flows are impacting trout. Tuesday, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials asked anglers to respect a voluntary fishing closure on Tomichi Creek, particularly on the Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area east of Gunnison. The creek, which holds wild brown trout, is running extremely low this year. Tuesday, the stream at Gunnison was flowing at 58 cubic feet per second, less than half of the ...

Parks and Wildlife suspends fish limits for Crystal Lake

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday that all bag and possession limits for fish are suspended at Crystal Lake near Ouray. The lake is being drained by the U.S. Forest Service to accommodate dam repairs and will close the area to the public on July 16. Anglers must have a valid 2012 Colorado fishing license and can keep all the fish they catch by hook-and-line and by snagging. Explosives, toxicants, firearms or nets are prohibited. Crystal Lake is located about eight miles south of ...

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Stripers perking up, bass fishing hot at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,633 asl   Water Temperature 76-82 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz.,July 3 – This week is full moon and the biggest holiday of the year at the lake.  I am not sure how fish respond to fireworks but you might want to try the 4th of July colored grub during the celebration. The plastic bait is white with red and blue flakes. How could you miss under the exploding night sky with that combination? Seriously, lake level is now declining at the rate ...


Anglers asked to protect fish by avoiding sport in heat

By Dave Buchanan

Heading for the high country this holiday week? Don’t expect to be alone. Throngs of anglers are gearing up for a spot where the air and water are cool and clean. Not surprisingly, trout are seeking similar relief. With most streams at near-record low flows and high temperatures, anglers play a vital role in helping trout survive in what are becoming critical conditions. Through Friday, the only official voluntary fishing closure was on the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs, ...

Five state parks issue Stage II fire bans

By Staff

Stage II fire bans, which prohibit wood or charcoal fires and limit cigarette smoking to inside vehicles or RVs, have been implemented at Crawford, Navajo, Paonia, Ridgway and Sweitzer Lake State Parks. The Stage II fire restrictions earlier were issued by Archuleta, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Ouray counties. Regulations allow the use of compressed-gas stoves with an on/off switch. Use of fireworks is always prohibited at Colorado State Parks. “We hope everyone understands just ...

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Smallmouth action still lively at Lake Powell

By Zach Schmitz

Lake Elevation: 3,634 asl Water Temperature 76-82 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. – Striper attitude is changing a bit. In the southern lake striper boils occur every morning and evening. Open water boils in the bays seem to be quicker with less fish in each group.  If quick boils are prevalent but hard to approach then the best strategy is to troll through the boil zone with a rattletrap or pointer to catch fish at a steady pace.  Another option is to follow the ...

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Water level falling at Lake Powell but fishing remains steady

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 asl   Water Temperature 72-80 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. June 19 – Lake level is now falling after remaining stable all spring.  This will have an impact on fishing later in the summer but for right now the same old patterns are still in force. The brush forest at lake edge has been responsible for the good fishing results for all species seen this year and for some unexpected quirks as well.  Adult stripers have been hard to catch ...


On going east to fish Western Slope water

By Dave Buchanan

Going east to fish Western Slope water can be ironic at best, as several Daily Sentinel readers brought to my attention this week. Wednesday’s story about fishing Boulder Creek within the limits of the city of Boulder brought several emails, including one from reader Kurt Neuswanger of Grand Junction who rightly noted South Boulder Creek, a tributary of the main creek I was fishing, benefits from flows diverted through the Moffat Tunnel, which drains part of the Fraser River ...


Small is tough

By Dave Buchanan

It’s been said that small-stream fishing has a life and attitude of its own, an attitude that anglers either compliantly adopt or go home frustrated, vowing never to return. There is a unique methodology and philosophy to small-water — rods, lines, flies, techniques — that appease some anglers and irritate others. “Sometimes you’ll see guys out here with their brand new $700 rods and $300 reels and all that new fishing gear, anxious to catch their first ...

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Warming water brings changes to Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Powell Fish Report – June 13, 2012 Lake Elevation: 3,636 asl   Water Temperature 70-78 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. – There are so many changes and happenings this week as water warms and shad grow bigger. The quick summary is that fishing is still as hot as the weather. Here is s a summary of when and where to catch fish. Smallmouth bass are still providing great fishing action. They are on the edge of rocky structure and occupy the depth zone from ...

Gunnison flows to increase in response to hot weather, higher demands

By Dave Buchanan

Anglers headed to the Gunnison River later this week should expect higher flows, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. A Bureau hydrologist said Tuesday releases from Crystal Dam and through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and the Gunnison Gorge are expected to rise in response to increased downstream demands for water. Those demands from irrigators and the end of runoff means flows in the Gunnison River will need to be boosted above the current 1,600 cubic feet per second being ...

Hot, dry conditions affecting angler success

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado Fishing Report for June 12 Information for Anglers Be An Ambassador, Invite Someone Fishing – One of the top reasons people don’t fish is because nobody invited them. So the next time you go fishing, don’t forget to invite someone new. Your first positive fishing experience probably got you started and now you can have the same influence with someone else. You can also, sign up for the exclusive, quarterly ‘Anglers’ Legacy’ enews which is full ...

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Light line, smaller lures solve tough fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3636   Water Temperature 68-73 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., June 6 – My weekly fishing trip was one day after a full moon and a big windstorm. I wasn’t expecting much but was pleased to find cooperative smallmouth and striped bass. Stripers were feeding on plankton near the surface at the edge of the brush line. They seemed to be slightly deeper than last week with most hits coming where bottom depth was 25-30 feet. Every time we trolled ...

Colorado puts two lakes in Top 100 bass lakes

By Staff

Colorado Fishing Report Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Information for Anglers – BASSMASTER Magazine is out with its annual report on the top 100 bass fishing spots in the country and Colorado lands two lakes in the listing. Pueblo Lake State Park cracks the top 50 at number 47 on the list and McPhee Reservoir in Southwest Colorado caps the list at number 100. While Colorado may be best known for its world-renowned and trophy trout fisheries, you can always find lots of other opportunities ...

Public shooting range to close half day on June 7

By Staff

The public shooting range on 27 1/4 road will be closed from 6 a.m. until noon June 7 to allow live-fire training for law enforcement officers. The shooting range, managed by the Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM, is located approximately six miles north of Grand Junction Regional Airport. The range consists of a pistol emphasis area and a 1,000-meter rifle range, which has 12 sheltered shooting benches. The range generally is open every day to the public without charge, from sunrise ...

Free fishing weekend on Saturday and Sunday

By Dave Buchanan

Anglers can take advantage of near-perfect fishing conditions this weekend, including warm weather, low water levels and no license needed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has set aside Saturday and Sunday for the annual free fishing weekend, when anglers are not required to have a valid fishing license. The agency traditionally sets aside the first full weekend in June to promote sport fishing. “Fishing is one of Colorado’s most important outdoor traditions and a great way to hook ...

Free fishing weekend set for June 2-3

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging anglers young and old to take advantage of Colorado’s great fishing opportunities during Free Fishing Weekend, June 2 and 3. Each year, the first full weekend in June is set aside to promote sport fishing and no fishing license is required in Colorado during that weekend. Although no fishing license is required this weekend, all other regulations remain in effect. FISHING CONDITIONS REPORT DISCUSSION CONTINUING Officials at Colorado Parks ...

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Striper boils have arrived at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 asl Water Temperature 63-70 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., May 29 – Striped bass fishing is now perking up. The spawn is over allowing adult stripers to focus on finding food instead of spawning. “Food” is quite small as shad, their primary forage item, are less than an inch long. These tiny shad live very near the surface so stripers skim the surface to effectively feed on their tiny prey. These surface feeding (slurps) events can be ...

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