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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 ...

052312 Lake Powell Byers

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 ...

050212 Lake Powell Ray Young

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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Bass fishing at its peak at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 asl   Water Temperature 64-66 F PAGE, Ariz, April 24 – Bass fishing does not get any better than the success seen in the last week. Spawning large and smallmouth bass are in the shallow rocks and brush. Nests are readily seen in favored coves. Some coves are preferred over others so spend some time looking for nesting bass. Big largemouth up to 7 pounds and smallmouth to 4.5 pounds have been caught recently. Big bass are being caught at an unprecedented ...


Dam rebuilt to be fish and boater friendly

By Dave Buchanan

Anglers and recreational boaters headed down the Gunnison River from Paonia or the Pleasure Park have one less obstacle in their way. Thanks to a multiple partnership among private and public interests, the once-formidable Hartland Diversion Dam just downstream of Colorado Highway 65 near Austin has been rebuilt and made native fish and boater friendly. “We’re really excited about this,” said Kelli Hepler of the Delta County Tourism Board. “This gives boaters the ...

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Bass are spawning; it’s a good time to fish Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3635 asl Water Temperature 55-65 F PAGE, Ariz., April 18 –  It is the third week of April and true to form bass are returning to the shallows to spawn. There was some early nest building during the first week of April which happens only occasionally, but the actual spawn will occur during the coming week. Male bass build the nest, guard the eggs, and protect the young during the first two weeks after hatching. The males are amazingly aggressive and will attack ...

Outdoors Heritage Day coming April 28 in Palisade

By Special to the Sentinel

Kids and their parents are invited to attend the fifth annual Outdoor Heritage Day celebration 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The day-long celebration introduces families to the various outdoor opportunities Colorado has to offer, and the event’s many sponsors will help provide them the information they need to pursue those activities on their own. “Many families want to spend more time outdoors, and may just not know where to go or what to ...

Fishing report; Parks and Wildife says walleye spawn successful

By Special to the Sentinel

Colorado fishing report April 17 – Walleye spawning wrap-up for 2012: Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say this year’s walleye spawning effort at Chatfield, Cherry Creek and Pueblo Reservoirs ensured another year class of walleye and saugeye for the anglers of Colorado. Thanks to staff and a whole bunch of volunteers, we were able to take 119 million (119,205,031) walleye eggs in late March. The eggs have since hatched and many of them have already been stocked (as ...

041112 Lake Powell Mark and Wayne

Lake Powell: Bass fishing is fantastic but stripers are MIA

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 asl Water Temperature 54-64 F PAGE, Ariz, April 11 – Fishing is fantastic as long as you are fishing for bass in the afternoon. Bass spawning is imminent. It may take another week due to unsettled weather but fishing will remain very good for bass for the rest of the month. Water temperature still declines into the mid 50s overnight but by afternoon water in the backs of the canyons and coves warms to the mid 60s. This warming and cooling cycle produces the ...

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