Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Slow fishing follows New Year’s Eve crowd on Crawford Reservoir

By Dave Buchanan

CRAWFORD STATE PARK — The ice cap Sunday morning on Crawford Reservoir creaked and groaned — perhaps it, too, was recovering from a New Year’s Eve surfeit of too many people and too much noise. It couldn’t have been Sunday’s anglers, since for most of the day there weren’t enough people on the ice for a rugby scrum. Those who were there, however, weren’t enjoying much action. “Man, it’s slow,” lamented one angler as he and his ...

Fly fishing event worth a showing

By Dave Buchanan

Keep the New Year’s resolution to learn to fly fish and hit this weekend’s Denver Fly Fishing Show. Nothing better than spending a day or two among some of the sport’s finest to turn the novice into a, well, former novice. There will be new products, new demos and even new films at the accompanying International Fly Fishing Film Festival. You will be sure to find everything Santa forgot. WHAT: The 12th anniversary edition of the Denver Fly Fishing Show. WHERE: The ...

Fruita park to close entrance road

By Staff

The entrance road to the Fruita Section of the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park will be closed Dec. 12-15 to repair a section of the road damaged when a drainage pipe collapsed. Park manager Pete Firmin said the closure is necessary to allow the Grand Valley Drainage District to repair the pipe. Firmin said closure will affect only vehicular access. Pedestrian access still will be allowed during the repair. For more information, call the park at 434-3388.  ...


Deer-hunting opportunities rebound

By Dave Buchanan

Kierra Hall chose the perfect time to go deer hunting. A resurgent deer population, boosted by more than a decade of limited hunting pressure and a progression of mild winters, meant many deer hunters this fall had an opportunity to harvest a nice buck. Kierra, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Holy Family Catholic School, also had the advantage of hunting with her grandfather, Doug Hall. “She’s been going with me for three or four years and last year she got a doe,” said ...


Weather at Powell is fine, but fishing is even better

By Dave Buchanan

It’s late fall in the Grand Valley, but it’s an endless summer at Lake Powell. At least according to long-time Lake Powell fisheries expert Wayne Gustaveson, author of the much-read Lake Powell fishing report, Wayne’s Words. Even though the summer crowds have deserted the lake, which spans 186 miles when full, Gustaveson’s latest report says the fishing remains excellent thanks to a prolonged warm spell. “Water temperature this morning (Monday) at the ...


Increase in wild turkey nunmbers leads to more hunting opportunities

By Dave Buchanan

It’s particularly fitting: On this singular national holiday with a bird as its centerpiece, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is asking you to go wild about turkey. Specifically wild turkeys, and so much the better should your efforts include the feathered troublemakers cavorting around the Eastern Plains. The feathered felons have caused so much ruckus the commission recently liberalized turkey hunting licenses and hunting opportunities in two particularly hard-hit ...

No immediate impact from spill seen in fish, wildlife

By Dave Buchanan

GATEWAY — Gravity saved West Creek. Not Isaac Newton’s gravity, at least not directly, but the gravity of the crude oil spurting from an overturned tanker truck on Oct. 24. That crude oil, described by one witness as “fluorescent lime green” and smelling “like 90-weight gear oil,” was a light crude condensate from oil wells near Blanding, Utah. The American Petroleum Institute (API) rates an oil’s gravity in relation to how heavy or light a ...

East Portal Road closed for winter

By Dave Buchanan

MONTROSE – The East Portal Road from the South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison to the Gunnison River has been closed for the winter. The Curecanti Field Office of the Bureau of Reclamation announced the closure Thursday, citing icy conditions on the steep, serpentine road. The road, which takes off Colorado Highway 347 at the south entrance to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, ...


Carelessly off target

By Dave Buchanan

With Colorado’s big-game season half over and two more weeks to go, the tally of illegally killed moose continues to grow. As of Monday, 11 moose have been reported killed unnecessarily since the start of the hunting season on Oct. 15. All but one of those moose died in the northwest region, home of most of the state’s estimated 1,700 moose. And there is still the nine-day third season Nov. 5-13 and the five-day fourth season Nov. 16-20. Call the moose deaths negligent, ...

Study shows similarities in illegal moose kills

By Dave Buchanan

A 1999 study by the then-Division of Wildlife spanning 21 years (1978–1988) and 277 reports uncovered distinct behavior patterns with hunters who accidentally killed a moose. The Moose Mistaken Identification database shows 95 percent of the hunters were licensed elk hunters who illegally shot a moose. Although the hunters were all ages, 33 was the average, which should indicate a level of expertise in hunting. Apparently the expertise didn’t go so far as to carrying ...

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Subtle changes in techniques make fishing trip a successs

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,651 asl Water Temperature:  67-72 F PAGE, Ariz. – Oct. 20: The armor plating worn by most game fish this fall is finally starting to tarnish.  There are a few chinks now apparent that can be exploited by anglers willing to meet bass and stripers on their own terms. Subtle changes in techniques and timing can turn a fishing trip into a success when resorting to normally fishing logic may result in failure.  Here are some suggestions. Stripers in the ...


Take a look at ‘Off the Grid’

By Dave Buchanan

Get on course and fish off the grid. Translated: Visit the Grand Valley Anglers’ meeting Thursday at Tiara Rado Golf Course and be among the first to see the fly fishing video “Off the Grid.” This breath-taking, two-hour video was produced by Beattie Outdoor Productions of Aspen. Owner and videographer RA Beattie has long been a good friend of Trout Unlimited and the Grand Valley Anglers chapter in particular. The video was released Oct. 7 and, thanks to Beattie, the ...

Elk hunting slow, but the fishing is fine

By Dave Buchanan

Various shades of orange, gold and brown color the days of autumn, and you’ll find them everywhere you turn. A lone hunter, fashionably outfitted in blaze orange from cap to ankles, was walking a spur road on the east side of Grand Mesa on Sunday when a nosy sort in a passing vehicle stopped to query about his success. “It’s been pretty slow,” the hunter said, shaking his head in dismay about the opening days of the five-day limited elk season which ends ...


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. ...

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