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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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