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With full moon past, fishing improves at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,660 asl Water Temperature: 78-83 F PAGE, Ariz. – Fishing is improving – slowly and steadily. We survived the full moon period where catching was slow to nonexistent. Now we are heading into much better conditions with lake level stabilizing, water temperature leveling off and shad growing larger. The variables combine to make it easy to predict good fishing times ahead. Here is what to expect. The headline news in summer is surface feeding by striped bass. ...


072011 OUT Elk hunt show

Grand Mesa backdrop for popular outdoors TV show

By Dave Buchanan

Don’t tell Randy Newberg you can’t find a place to hunt elk. Newberg, who calls himself “the average hunter,” is featuring Colorado elk hunting on this week’s version of his TV show, “On Your Own Adventures.” In particular, the Bozeman, Mont., resident is featuring a third-season rifle hunt last year on Grand Mesa. According to the Division of Parks and Wildlife, Newberg and his brother last fall purchased a pair of over-the-counter bull elk ...


Insider’s guide to mid-summer fishing in the Gunnison Basin

By Guest Columnist

By JOEL EVANS GUNNISON — The summer fishing is very good on the Gunnison River. Mark Williams of Dan’s Fly Shop in downtown Gunnison said the best fishing now and for a few weeks is the Neversink and Coopers Ranch section of the river west of town. “This lower section is nearly clear now and fishing well,” said Sullivan, who can be reached at 970-642-4223. “Aggravate them with a big dry such as a Stimulator, followed by a 20-incher or anything with ...


071311 OUT triple Marshall

Why fish just one of the Gunnison’s three unique sections?

By Guest Columnist

By JOEL EVANS MONTROSE — Do you want the complete package? One local cable company temptingly offers the “Triple Play,” a complete-package deal for all three services they offer. Interested in an even better deal? Try this version of the complete-package triple play: One river — the Gunnison — with three very different kinds of fishing water. Part one of the package is the upper Gunnison north of the town of Gunnison. Part two is the middle Gunnison west ...


CDOW weekly fishing report — July 6, 2011

By Special to the Sentinel

For river fishermen across Colorado, the wait goes on. Virtually all free-flowing rivers still are running bank-full and off-color, and even the South Platte tailwaters, which for a number of weeks provided the best stream-fishing conditions in the state, have risen to above-average flows for early July as the reservoirs above them have filled. Even so, the end may be in sight. While plenty of snow remains at high elevations, many veteran river watchers believe the flows have crested. ...


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Summer success depends on right pattern at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,652 asl Water Temperature: 75-80 F PAGE, Ariz. – Lake Powell has risen over 42 feet since the yearly low point was reached in April. The monthly increase during June was 26 feet in 30 days. The shoreline of the lake has a brand new face. The Independence Day Holiday was very busy with full parking lots and busy boat travel lanes from Bullfrog to Wahweap.  Muddy water prevails upstream from Bullfrog. Somewhere amid all this change are displaced fish looking ...


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Great breeding habitat jumps duck numbers by 11 percent in 2010

By Dave Buchanan

Duck populations this spring jumped 11 percent over 2010 thanks to improved breeding habitat in Canada and the prairies of the north-central United States, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Total duck populations were estimated at 45.6 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area (north-central United States, south-central and northern Canada, and Alaska), an 11 percent increase over last year’s estimate of 40.9 million birds and 35 ...


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Don’t be surprised to see elk calves thanks to lingering winter snowpack

By Dave Buchanan

The lingering winter snowpack has had an interesting side effect: Elk calves are showing up in rancher’s yards. “We’ve had some ranchers say the elk are calving in their pastures this spring,” said Bill de Vergie, Meeker area manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. “The snow was too deep for the elk to make it up to their calving grounds. Rancher often report seeing a calf or two but this year there are more than ever.” It shouldn’t ...


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Fishing for slurpers is hot action at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,647 asl Water Temperature: 74-78 F PAGE, Ariz. – From this point forward many of the reports will be about surface feeding by striped bass. Here are some terms that will make it easier for you to understand my reports. “Slurps” are defined as surface feeding by stripers of all sizes on very small larval shad. Tiny shad are poor swimmers. There is not much chance of them eluding stripers that line up with open mouths and skim the surface sucking in ...


062911 OUT Grand Mesa fish

Despite drifts, low-country heat drives folks to higher elevations

By Dave Buchanan

GRAND MESA — If your latest wish is to roll in the snow on the Fourth of July, this year you’re in luck. There is plenty of snow for the rolling on Grand Mesa, along with most of the higher mountains across Colorado. So much snow, you still won’t find many campgrounds open for your holiday romp. “If the list says Jumbo and Ward Lake, then it’s up-to-date,” said John Smith at the Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa National Forest. ...


CDOW weekly fishing report — June 28, 2011

By Special to the Sentinel

Summer finally has arrived, and mountain basins that might have had exceptionally heavy snow last winter now are calling out. All but the highest lakes have at least some open water, though melting snow banks remain around many, and snow drifts still might hinder access to some. If in doubt, the U.S. Forest Service district office nearest the lake can be a good source of information about trail and back-road conditions. Fishing may be good, it may be so-so, but the high country is ...


Group tasked to minimize wildlife conflict plans area projects

By Dave Buchanan

The age-old story of conflicts between wild game and private landowners doesn’t always have a happy ending, for either animals or landowners. However, the conflicts and the problems have been much alleviated since 1990 when the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program was initiated. The goal of the HPP is to address and reduce wildlife conflicts through widespread cooperation between landowners, sportsmen, land managers, the DOW and others. This year, the ...


062211 OUT fish season Milo

Weird weather, high flows make for challenging early-season fishing

By Dave Buchanan

MARBLE — Maybe it was the brittle-looking slate-gray waters of the Crystal River carving past chokecherries laden with yellow-white flowers, or maybe it was the tracks of the black bear and her cubs crossing the dirty snowdrift near the top of McClure Pass, but something finally convinced me Sunday that summer hasn’t yet arrived in the high country. It was but two days off from the summer equinox, and a curious outdoorsperson (or a curious person outdoors) can find numerous ...


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Conditions changing but fishing still excellent for those in the know at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,642 asl                 Water Temperature: 70-75 F PAGE, Ariz. – It’s now summer and big changes are happening. The lake level is increasing about one foot per day. Water temperature is climbing with an early morning base of 70 degrees which is the warmest water of the year. Not surprisingly fishing is changing right along with the other elements. The biggest news is about striped bass. Bait fishing has taken ...


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There are always fish to catch at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,634 asl                 Water Temperature 67-73 F PAGE, Ariz. – My weekly fishing report trip was extremely informative. It began by trying to duplicate some great fishing reports for striper schools in the Rock Creek area. The dawn trip from Wahweap to Rock Creek was magical with ultra calm water, clear warm water and glowing red rocks basking in the suns first light. Turned out that was the only redeeming factor as ...


CDOW weekly fishing report — June 14, 2011

By Special to the Sentinel

For a certain segment of Colorado anglers, mid June means the start of the gator-hunting season, or at least a time for some big-game fishing. Northern pike, toothy top-of-the-line predators anywhere, have finished spawning in most of the mid-elevation lakes where they are found.  They’re hungry.  They’re prowling the shallows in search of a mouthful, and they provide fishermen with a good opportunity to bring in larger-than-average fish that some have dubbed ...


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Rising lake level makes fishing harder at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,628 asl                 Water Temperature 64-70 F PAGE,, Ariz. – Lake Powell has risen 6 feet since last weeks report. Water temperature has gone up 5 degrees. These massive changes really impact fishing success. Its not that fish quit biting but rather the changing lake makes fish more difficult to locate each day. They change position daily to find the right combination of temperature, light and depth. The good ...


Grants will advance elk habitat conservation

By Dave Buchanan

Elk and other wildlife in Mesa County and 11 more Colorado counties are going to benefit from $144,150 in grants this year from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The grants will be spent on improving wildlife habitat and funding elk and deer research by state biologists. The 12 counties receiving funds include Mesa, Dolores, Eagle, Fremont, Grand, Gunnison, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Park and Saguache. “Across Colorado, the native grasslands that elk use for forage are ...


060811 OUT Harvey Gap Vince

Word gets out about the fishing at Harvey Gap, Rifle Gap reservoirs

By Dave Buchanan

SILT — The photo on the cell phone screen showed a large brown trout, bright orange fins and mustard-yellow belly, long enough to extend well past Vincent Castorena’s wide-spaced hands. “Man, that was last week at Sweetwater Lake, and he took a long time to land,” said Castorena on Sunday, holding the phone as carefully as he once held what he said was a 21-inch brown. “I let him go, but wanted to get these photos — otherwise no one would have believed ...


060111 Lake Powell report

It’s striper time at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,622 asl                 Water Temperature: 60-65 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – The big news this week is that stripers are now being caught in big numbers at the mouth of Lake Canyon. Stripers have been slow to start this spring in the mid-lake area but now it appears that has changed. It is likely that the mouth of other canyons including Annies, Slick Rock and Iceberg would have similar concentrations of large stripers ...


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