Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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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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Not much has changed at Lake Powell – fishing remains good

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 msl Water Temperature 70-75 F PAGE, Ariz., May 22 – We did a tour of the recent hot spots and found fish holding in the same spots as last week. Not much change has occurred. That means fishing remains really good for these species: juvenile striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Ripe male stripers that were caught well two weeks ago have disappeared.  I am sorry to report that bait fishing for stripers in the main channel is not productive. That may ...

River Awareness float is Saturday

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The 13th annual River Awareness float on the North Fork of the Gunnison River will take place Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m., hosted by the Gunnison Gorge Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited, the North Fork River Improvement Association and Western Slope Environmental Resource Council. The four-hour float, which is open to all, begins at the Pleasure Park and ends at Confluence Park in Delta. The trip includes navigating the newly reconstructed and boater-friendly Hartland Diversion ...

State considers dropping weekly fishing report

By Special to the Sentinel

Will the fishing conditions report come to an end? Officials at Colorado Parks and Wildlife are considering further changes to the weekly fishing report in light of budget cutbacks and emerging private sector solutions. The agency is internally discussing ending the weekly reporting of fishing conditions. The stocking report and weekly “Information for Anglers” would continue. “In the past we have been able to designate full-time resources to preparing the weekly ...

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Record northern pike? Look to Crawford Reservoir

By Dave Buchanan

CRAWFORD – An hour earlier, after hearing of my destination, a friend had mumbled, disdainfully, “Crawford Reservoir? Why?” In response, a few numbers: 22, 25, 29. Not the rapidly disappearing batting average of the Dodgers’ $250 million slugger Albert Pujols but something even closer to the heart of Western Slope fishermen. It’s the weight in pounds of the three largest northern pike Paonia angler Darrell Green landed in about two hours Monday morning at, ...

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Stripers 101 – The boss offers a lesson in striper behavior

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 asl Water Temperature 65-72 F PAGE, Ariz., May 15 – Forgive me for taking off my fishing hat and going biologist, but after conducting a striper fishing seminar over the weekend it became apparent to me that we have just gained significant insight into striped bass behavior.  Striper fishing has changed dramatically since the last report. Here is a brief summary of the events leading up to the present. In most other years there is an overabundance of ...

State taxidermy championships this weekend in GJ

By Staff

The 2012 Colorado State Taxidermy Championships will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Dr.  in Grand Junction. Taxidermy artistry including fur, feathers and fins will be on display throughout the event. The public is invited, admission is $3 per person (youths 10 and under are free). Information: 970-629-2065.  ...

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Striper fishing at Lake Powell improving but no spawn yet

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3635 msl Water Temperature 64-72 F PAGE, Ariz, May 10 – For another week Lake Powell’s water level is stable and temperature remains in the low 60’s which is ideal for excellent bass, walleye and crappie fishing. With day length and ambient temperature increasing the best tip is to fish in the shade. That includes the shady side of an individual rock or the shady side of a canyon. Seek shade to increase catch. Bass nests are still seen in the clear water ...

Fish contest offers up to $2 million in prizes

By Special to the Sentinel

Ready to fish for $1 million? Lake Pueblo State Park and Blue Mesa Reservoir will again draw anglers from around Colorado during the next two months as they try to land specially tagged fish that could bring them up to $2 million in cash or one of more than $225,000 in prizes during Cabelas’ “Wanna Fish for Millions?” contest.  Colorado is one of 19 states participating in this year’s contest, which is designed to give anglers a little extra incentive to get ...


Wild rainbow trout thrive in Gunnison as water managers forecast dry summer

By Dave Buchanan

The best and unexpected news coming from Thursday’s Aspinall Operations meeting, as compared to the challenging and not-unexpected news of continued drought, was notice of the return of wild rainbow trout to the Gunnison Gorge. That news, conveyed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatics biologist Dan Kowalski of Montrose, refutes fears that generations would be needed to recover the Gunnison’s once world-class rainbow trout fishery. It’s accurate to say the fishery was ...

Fishing report, May 5 – Arkansas River work to begin

By Special to the Sentinel

HIGH COUNTRY LAKES OPENING EARLY – Colorado Parks and Wildlife crews are working hard to get inspection stations open at popular lakes and reservoirs in the Colorado high country as ice has come off up to a month early in some spots. Boat inspections will begin this week at popular Park County waters like Antero and Tarryall. Spinney Mountain State Park and Eleven Mile State Park are also open for boating ahead of schedule. A complete boat inspection schedule is available online at ...

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Water levels are stable and Lake Powell bass fishing is hot

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 feet msl Water Temperature 64-66 F PAGE, Ariz. – On Hold! Lake Powell is stable and holding at elevation 3,635 (MSL) where it has been for over a month. Water flowing in equals water flowing out with no sign of increased runoff. This means that bass and crappie nests are still visible. Water temperature is holding in the low 60’s which is ideal for excellent bass, walleye and crappie fishing. The end result is ideal fishing conditions that will continue ...

Colorado fishing report for April 24

By Special to the Sentinel

Ready to fish for a million? Colorado Parks and Wildlife is once again joining with Cabelas to offer a few lucky anglers the chance to win up to $2 million in cash and more than $225,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish at select lakes across the United States. Colorado is one of 19 states participating in this year’s “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” event, which is designed to give anglers a little extra incentive to get outdoors and on the water between May ...

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