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072412 Lake Powell Jerrie

The doldrums are over as action returns to Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,629 msl Water Temperature 78-83 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., July 24 – With great relief the fishing report is much better this week. Looks like last week’s dismal report is gone and buried.  Here are the bright spots. Scattered striper boils have been reported the past few days. Navajo Canyon and the high shady wall separating Padre and Last Chance got the most praise.  Shade lasts in the eastern most part of Padre Bay until about 9 ...


Taryn’s tale

By Dave Buchanan

In a twist to the dog-bites-man turnabout, a Grand Junction youngster caught a fish that bites back. Ten-year old Taryn Rowland of Clifton was fishing July 11 with her mother, Colene, at Connected Lakes State Park when the youngster hooked a 16-inch pacu, a South American fish and a cousin to piranha. Unlike its saw-toothed, meat-eating cousin made infamous in Tarzan lore, pacu are omnivores sometimes called “vegetarian piranha” by pet shops. The fish have sharp, ...


Western Slope rivers benefit from storms

By Dave Buchanan

REDSTONE — Dare it be said in this year of semi-drought? Sunday, midway through what the Chinese zodiac calls the Year of the Water Dragon, the Crystal River was too high to fish. Not your normal runoff, bank-to-bank too high, but flash-flood type too high, remnants of a thunderstorm earlier slamming the high country around McClure Pass. The river rose quickly, spiking from around 150 cubic feet per second early Sunday to more than 300 cfs in a few hours. Every gully in the ...

Free deer hunting seminar held this weekend

By Dave Buchanan

Face it. Deer hunting this fall is going to be tough. Herds are down, licenses are limited, the weather hasn’t cooperated. Get an edge from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Mule Deer Association at Saturday’s free Mule Deer 101 seminar. The day includes hunting tips and strategies and special classes for women and youths, along with door prizes, raffles and free barbecue. Also get tips on proper clothing, using your camera and a 3-D archery target from the ...

Colorado fishing report: Poudre River impacted by High Park fire

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing report, July 17 Poudre River being impacted by ash from High Park Fire The Poudre River has seen significant inflow of ash and debris during recent rain events, leading to the loss of some of the fish in the river. Ash and debris from fires can suffocate fish and can also change the chemical balance of the river. Because of the volume of ash still in place on the hillsides, sediment loading during rain events is likely to continue for some time, making ...

Free deer hunting seminar offers tips for all hunters

By Dave Buchanan

Hunters are known to love a challenge, but this year’s deer-hunting season may be one of the diificult. The herds are down, licenses are limited and the weather isn’t cooperating. Whether you have years of experience or you’re just getting started, you can get an edge on deer hunting from the free Mule Deer 101 seminar 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northwest Region Office, 711 Independence Ave, in Grand Junction. The seminar is ...

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Warm water slows fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,632 asl   Water Temperature 80-83 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., July 11 – Water temperature has now reached the high point for the year.  Early morning temp is 80 and by afternoon it reaches 83 or higher.  From now on the temperature will remain the same but the band of warm water will deepen.  These warm temperatures are higher than any of the fish in Lake Powell prefer.  It makes sense then that fishing has slowed down all ...

Duck populations reach all-time high

By Staff


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 ...

071012 Tomichi Creek

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 ...

070612 Lake Powell teri felix

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 ...

062712 Lake Powell shawn

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 ...

062012 Lake Powell Austion Kimber

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 ...

061312 Lake Powell dawkins

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 ...

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