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Scattered Success: Good news from elk camp comes in brief messages

By Dave Buchanan

With early elk hunters confronting generally mild weather, a full moon and fewer licenses available as elk herds near desired levels, the best news came in short messages. Bridgette Chadd of Grand Junction said she harvested a 5x5 bull Saturday morning, completing a family grand slam after husband Keith and son Kolton each harvested a mule deer buck during archery season. “We saw about 150 elk on this ranch on Friday but on opening morning they weren’t anywhere around,” ...

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‘Angler’s moon’ delays start of fishing frenzy at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,652 asl Water Temperature 68-71 F PAGE, Ariz. – This is my final report about challenging fishing at Lake Powell.  All fish are poised and ready to explode in a feeding frenzy.  Really the only thing holding them back is the big, bright, beautiful “angler’s moon” hanging perfectly over the calm water.  It’s a sight to behold. But when the moon wanes fishing will improve. The water temperature has now dropped into the high ...

Gunnison flows cut as demand drops, browns start to spawn

By Dave Buchanan

Flows through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River are dropping this week as the Bureau of Reclamation cuts releases from the Aspinall Unit dams. The lower flows are in response to reduced demand from Uncompahgre Valley irrigators using the Gunnison Tunnel and to a request from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for lower flows to aid the brown trout spawn. Flows already have dropped by 200 cubic feet per second, bring the flows through the Black Canyon to 850 cfs. A target level of 600 cfs for ...

State fishing report for Oct. 11

By Special to the Sentinel

OCT. 11 – The season might be winding down for fishermen in October, but not for Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists. “It’s one of the busiest times of the year for us,” said John Alves, Southwest Region Senior Biologist. “We have a lot on our plate.” As anglers reflect on the past fishing year and anticipate seasons to come, biologists are checking the status of fishing waters across the state and looking ahead to the future. Two of their ...

State offers $4 million for off-road trails projects

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering $4 million in grants to qualified applicants through the state’s 2012-2013 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Trails Grants program. The grants are available for projects related to the use of OHVs on lands open to the public. Grant applications are available online at http://www.parks.state.co.us and are due by Dec. 1. Off-highway vehicles trail motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive vehicles. The grants are funded by an annual ...

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Don’t get spoiled; trophy stripers worthy of respect

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,652 asl Water Temperature 74-75 F PAGE, Ariz. – Water temperature is poised to fall now that cool weather is here.  But as this report was written it remains at 75 degrees where it has been for the past few weeks.  The warm weather through the end of September has not allowed much change in fishing conditions or results so for one more week fishing remains tough, more so in the southern lake than the north. It is evident now that more than warm weather ...

State fishing report for Oct. 4

By Staff

Oct. 4 – With the flip of a calendar page, October has arrived and for fishermen the golden days of autumn are at hand. Daytime temperatures now are pleasant, no longer hot. Nighttime temperatures are crisp, not yet cold, though frost has come to the high country. The season is invigorating, the fishing still can be good and compared to the summer months, most waters are less crowded. Rivers across Colorado are flowing low and clear, offering the best conditions of the entire year. ...

BLM releases draft resource management plan

By Staff

The Colorado River Valley Field Office for the Bureau of Land Management recently released its draft Resource Management Plan for some 505,000 acres in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Routt and Rio Blanco counties. The area involved does not include the Roan Plateau, which has a separate management plan. The draft plan analyzes four alternatives detailing a wide range of possible management direction. Final plans are scheduled to be released in 2012. The agency will host three public open ...

Budget crunch closes boat launches at Crawford, Sweitzer

By Staff

Crawford State Park and Sweitzer Lake State Park close for trailered boat launching on Friday due to budget reductions. Anglers will still be able to fish from shore and several areas of both parks are open for waterfowl hunting. The Clear Fork campground at Crawford is open year-around. Hand-launched watercraft will be welcome at both lakes through the fall. Waterfowl hunting is allowed at Sweitzer Lake on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays only.  ...

State fishing report for Sept. 27

By Special to the Sentinel

Sept. 27 – Fishing for spawning brown trout in the fall has a special meaning for Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists. While anglers may be looking to October for an opportunity to catch larger-than-average brown that might be on the move from a lake, Parks and Wildlife crews will begin their annual brown-trout spawn-taking operation at North Delaney Butte Lake on Oct. 6. “We take brown-spawn at North Delaney for two primary reasons,” said Ken Kehmeier, senior ...

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Stripers, bass ‘on vacation’ at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,653 asl Water Temperature 74-78 F PAGE, ARIZ. – Sept. 21. The good news is that Lake Powell surface temperature dropped 3 degrees in a week and is now holding near 74 F in the mornings. The bad news: that wasn’t enough to release game fish from their thermal prison. Perhaps “prison” is the wrong term since the shad food source is locked up right with the game fish. Looking at this from a different angle, fish have found a “luxury ...

State fishing report for Sept. 20

By Special to the Sentinel

Sept. 20 – With the arrival of fall, anglers might find the stage set for a battle with a heavyweight. “In the fall, spawning mackinaw go shallow, but so do the non-spawning fish,” said Sherman Hebein, senior aquatic biologist for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife northwest region. “As the water cools down and temperature is essentially the same at all levels, the entire lake is at their disposal and they take advantage of it.” So do knowing fishermen.   ...

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Wildlife Commission raises mountain lion limit

By Dave Buchanan

The state Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday raised the limit of mountain lion harvest for the 2012 season to 618, an increase of 26 lions. Mountain lion licenses are offered in unlimited numbers but prior to hunting, a hunter must call a toll-free number or Colorado Parks and Wildlife office to learn if a particular game management unit is open for lion hunting. Harvested lions must be checked by a wildlife officer. License sales are closed in specific areas when harvest quotas ...

State fishing report for week of Sept. 13

By Dave Buchanan

Sept. 13 – Change is in the air. It might be subtle as gradually shorter days, slightly cooler nighttime temperatures in the city or the first signs that colors in the high country are about to change, but it’s unmistakable. The summer that would never end is slipping away. Fall is on the way. For anglers, mid September might bring some of the best activity of the entire year. Rivers are flowing clear, and with a few exceptions lakes and reservoirs are in good condition. Fish ...

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It’s not the harvest, it’s the thrill of the hunt

By Dave Buchanan

Had she been given the opportunity, it’s possible Kathleen Tadvick would have been an elk hunter. “I didn’t hunt when I was growing up around Atlanta because it was all private land and if you didn’t know people with property ..,” she said. “But I fished all the time with my Dad.” Today, Tadvick is the Education and Hunter Outreach coordinator for the Northwest Region of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and it’s her job to connect eager women ...

Arapaho Wildlife Refuge open for hunting

By Dave Buchanan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in North Park is among 10 refuges recently opened for hunting or offering expanded hunting and fishing opportunities. The expanded programs are part of the 2011-2012 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations published Friday in the Federal Register. Arapaho NWR will offer elk hunting for the first time. The refuge also offers fishing and waterfowl and upland bird hunting. “The ...

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Conditions change as summer ends at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,654 asl               Water Temperature 78-83 F PAGE, Ariz. – Lake Powell has kicked off the covers. Surface water temperature first thing in the morning has dropped from 83 to 78 in the past few days. The warmest water in the afternoon has dropped from 88 down to 83. These are small steps but the lake is now headed in the right direction. Night time air temperatures are now in the 60s. Water level dropped only one foot as ...

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Hite stripers offer best chance for success at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,655 asl Water Temperature 80-88 F PAGE, Ariz. – Aug. 31. Lake Powell is covered by a blanket of warm water that snugly holds game fish in the cooler depths. Declining lake levels also contribute to current conditions by forcing fish down instead of bringing them up. The net result is difficult fishing conditions over most of the lake. The bright spots are around tributary inflows where deep incoming river water provides a constant temperature corridor for fish to ...

State fishing report for Aug. 30

By Special to the Sentinel

Aug. 30 – Whether it’s the final fling of summer or the first taste of the fall, the Labor Day weekend is just ahead. For anglers across most of Colorado, the traditional end-of-summer holiday may be an opportunity to enjoy three days of some good, relatively uncrowded fishing. With the arrival of September, kids for the most part are back in school.  Traditional summer vacations are over and the main waves of out-of-state visitors are gone.  The summer season may ...

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Hite the hot spot for Lake Powell fishing action

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,657 asl Water Temperature 79-83 F PAGE, Ariz. – It feels much better to write this report after catching a striper in a boil. It is amazing how that can change ones attitude for the better. When stripers pop to the top, adrenaline flows freely as the boat zips toward the feeding frenzy. Once in range, properly directed casts will immediately score as the bait hits the water. Then the fight is on. Attention is divided between landing the fish on the line and ...

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