Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Utah wildlife officials adding 1,450 extra cow licenses for 2012 season

By Dave Buchanan

Concerned that the continuing drought has impacted the state’s key winter range, Utah wildlife officials are adding 1,450 more cow elk licenses to that state’s 2012 hunting quotas. Anis Aoude, big-game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the state’s elk herds are doing well, but dry conditions this year in northeast Utah have affected plants on key winter-range areas. To help protect the plants, the Utah Wildlife Board approved the additional ...


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Best of brown

By Dave Buchanan

There’s a new snap to the air in the high country, aspen trees are changing colors, and blaze-orange displaces camouflage as the outdoorsman’s tuxedo of preference. There’s also a change in the fishing. Fall means brown trout are preparing to spawn, and there’s nothing quite so mean, nasty and totally irresistible as a knobby-nosed fall-run brown trout. “Brown trout get pretty territorial when they’re spawning,” said Phil Bloom at Western Anglers ...


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Getting active

By Staff

The good news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is obvious: Preliminary data from the 2011 survey of hunting and fishing says hunting participation was up 9 percent from the last survey in 2006 while hunting expenditures were up by 30 percent over the same five years. For that same period, angling participation was up 11 percent while expenditures were down that same amount compared with 2006. There is no question conservation, sportsmen’s groups and the outdoors-related ...


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Lake Powell Fish Report – Spoon-fed stripers put the bite on

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3625 Water Temperature 80-85 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., Aug, 21 –The bite is on!  The southern lake has come alive with submerged boils. Over the past few days stripers have located some bigger shad and are making a big splash over it.  The main action is near the brush line where shad have been hiding out all summer.  My guess is falling lake levels have exposed shad schools making them vulnerable to striper attacks. Submerged boils ...


Colorado Fishing Report: Crawford State Park closes boat ramps for season

By Special to the Sentinel

Tuesday, August 21 Information for Anglers DENVER WATER TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON LARGER ANTERO BOAT RAMP Denver Water is gearing up for construction of an expanded boat ramp on the south end of Antero Reservoir in Park County. The current south ramp will close for the season beginning Sept. 4 in order for work to begin on increasing the ramp from the current single boat capacity to a ramp that will allow three boats at a time to launch. The north ramp will remain open for launching ...


Low water reveals hidden structures in Blue Mesa Reservoir

By Dave Buchanan

GUNNISON – What’s old is new again. Those words jog dormant memories as you wade into the Gunnison River 200 yards or so above the Lake City Bridge, its concrete pillars at the upper end of Blue Mesa Reservoir sometimes used as the de facto demarcation of where the river stops and the reservoir begins. Actually, given this year’s draw-down of the reservoir, your position is still well short of the actual juncture between river and reservoir, which for the first time in ...


Get back to doing what you love with Outdoor Days

By Dave Buchanan

Mid-August means back from vacation, back to school, back to hunting, fishing, being outdoors. Cabela’s jump-starts autumn with the Big Game Classic-Fall Great Outdoor Days. Free seminars, sweepstakes, giveaways and demonstrations by industry experts open the doors for novice and experienced hunters and anglers. It soothes the sting of summer’s end. IF YOU GO WHAT: Cabela’s Big Game Classic-Fall Great Outdoor Days. WHEN: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ...


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Out of water

By Dave Buchanan

GUNNISON – What’s old is new again. Those words jog dormant memories as you wade into the Gunnison River 200 yards or so above the Lake City Bridge, its concrete pillars at the upper end of Blue Mesa Reservoir sometimes used as the de facto demarcation of where the river stops and the reservoir begins. Actually, given this year’s draw-down of the reservoir, your position is still well short of the actual juncture between river and reservoir, which for the first time in ...


Low water forces swim-beach closures at three state parks

By Special to the Sentinel

The swim beaches at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks have been closed to swimming due to low water levels in the reservoirs. Similarly, the swim beach at Ridgway State Park will close Thursday. Senior Ranger Brian Palcer said the shorelines at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap have receded during the summer and both swim beaches have moved with the water. “Now we are at a point where there is more mud than sand, making the area unpleasant as well as unsafe,” said Palcer. ...


Colorado Fishing Report – As drought continues, anglers asked to check water temperatures

By Special to the Sentinel

ANGLERS REMINDED TO MONITOR WATER TEMPS Aug. 15 – Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing. Several water-specific recommendations have already been released this summer; however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations. “Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above ...


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Lake Powell strategy: Be prepared for anything

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,626 asl Water Temperature 80-85 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. Aug. 14 – Fishing strategy this week is to be prepared for anything. Stripers are being caught night and day but it seems to be in a different spot with a different bait each time. The common thread is to look for small stripers splashing and then react to what stripers are doing.  Shad forage is limited in the lower lake but abundant near the Colorado River inflow and the upper San ...


Fast-track Bowhunter Education course set for Aug. 18

By Zach Schmitz

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be offering a one-day, accelerated Bowhunter Education class from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita. Participants must have already earned a hunter education card to be eligible to participate in the class. The class is designed for bowhunters of all ages and ability. For novice archers, equipment will be provided. Although many states require a Bowhunter Education class prior to purchasing a archery ...


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Paying attention to details key to striper success

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,627 asl Water Temperature 79-83 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. Aug. 8 – Fishing success in the main lake, particularly for stripers, requires attention to a few small details. Timing is critical. Visible action from surface feeding fish consistently occurs at morning and evening twilight.  Finding surface feeding fish provides the first opportunity to catch fish.  Juvenile stripers that break the surface in groups of three or more are ...


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Battle tested

By Dave Buchanan

Thanks to a multi-faceted partnership between Noble Energy Inc., private landowners and state and federal agencies, a 120-year-old fishery south of Battlement Mesa has been restored and public access guaranteed. Battlement Reservoir No. 3, which was lost when its dam breached during high spring runoff in 1984, has been repaired and stocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout. Noble Energy contributed $120,000 to the $375,150 fisheries project and another $30,000 to mule deer habitat ...


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Life is too short, enjoy Palisade Peach Festival’s Pedal Paddle Pedal race

By Staff

What’s 42 miles long, has three legs and drinks Colorado Native Beer? Of course, it’s the Palisade Peach Festival Pedal Paddle Pedal race Aug. 19 starting and ending at Palisade’s Riverbend Park. Pedal a bike, paddle a boat, pedal some more, eat barbecue and enjoy Colorado beer. Sponsored by Rapid Creek Cycles, Colorado Native Beer, DT Swiss, Palisade Chamber, Brown Cycles, Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Town of Palisade. Life is short, have fun. WHAT: Palisade Peach ...


Crawford Res. still open for boating

By Special to the Sentinel

CRAWFORD – While the drought has closed many reservoirs for boating, Crawford State Park remains open to boating. The lake has been dropping and the Iron Creek boat ramp is closed, said Senior Ranger Scott Rist, but the Peninsula boat ramp is still open and has about 15 feet of water on it, ensuring the lake will stay open to boating for a while. “The fishing for northern pike, catfish, and crappie is great right now,” said Rist. “With good fishing and water ...


State fishing report - Grants to improve fishing and access

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado Fishing Report – August 7 Information for Anglers CPW ISSUES GRANTS TO IMPROVE FISHING Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected 11 projects to improve fishing around the state that will share in nearly a million dollars in matching funds as part of the 2012 “Fishing is Fun” grant cycle. Projects receiving funding this year include a partnership with the City of Pueblo to improve seven miles of aquatic habitat on the Arkansas River through Pueblo. The complete ...


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Get ready to buy leftover big-game hunting licenses

By Dave Buchanan

Leftover big-game hunting licenses, a parks and wildlife commission meeting covering the basics and the start of camping fees north of Fruita fill our Sunday platter. Would-be big-game hunters who procrastinate each year until leftover licenses go on sale now can see which tags are available at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, wildlife.state.co.us. That list is ready but the licenses themselves won’t be sold until 9 a.m. on Aug. 14. That’s the walk-up date of sales; ...


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Trolling, spooning for stripers getting big results at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,628 asl Water Temperature 78-83 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz. – Aug. 1. Yesterday was one of those days.  We went uplake to discover the fishing pattern for this week and found it, but not where we anticipated.  Last week fishing in the early morning shade of the steep walls in Last Chance Canyon was consistent for sustained boils by juvenile stripers. Previously, boils were better in the shade of cliffs in eastern Padre Bay or Navajo ...


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Miramonte mission

By Dave Buchanan

Once anglers read in Sunday’s Daily Sentinel that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is planning to poison the smallmouth bass infesting Miramonte Lake, they were quick to respond. The sentiments were similar: Miramonte’s fast-growing trout are too special to put at risk and smallmouth bass simply aren’t welcome in one of western Colorado’s premier trout fisheries. “I’d shoot the bastards myself,” said one angler, upset that a place where he and his ...


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