Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Limited license: Number of hunting tags for certain animals to be set

By Dave Buchanan

You’ll have a better idea of your chances to draw a limited license after the Colorado Wildlife Commission sets those numbers for black bear, deer, elk, pronghorn and moose at the commission’s meeting Thursday in Glenwood Springs. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street. Several units, including those on Grand Mesa, are expected to see some changes in the number of either-sex and specific-sex elk licenses. As of this writing, nothing has been ...


Crawford Res. fishery meetings next month

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting two public meetings to discuss a proposed management plan for Crawford Reservoir. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. May 6 at the Hotchkiss Public Library and 6 p.m. May 14 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. “This reservoir is a popular destination for anglers, but the fishery has changed drastically in the last ten years and we are no longer meeting our management goals,” said Dan Kowalski, fisheries biologist for the DOW. ...


Visitor center open house Saturday at Highline Lake

By Dave Buchanan

The staff at Highline Lake State Park is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the park’s new visitor center. Funded with Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Lottery dollars, the building offers a new facility to better serve visitors to the park. The visitor center carries a wide range of park merchandise including T-shirts, fleece jackets, and hats. All retail merchandise will be 20-percent off the tagged price during Saturday’s open house. ...


Gene Taylor’s Kids Fishing Derby May 1-2

By Dave Buchanan

The annual Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods will be May 1-2 at the store pond, 445 W. Gunnison Ave. The derby is free and open to youths 12 and under. Pre-registration is required to make sure there is room at the pond. Anglers are allowed to fish for one hour or catch three fish, whichever comes first. All participants must supply their own equipment. Information and registration: Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods, 242-8165.  ...


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Lake Powell bass fishing is hot, fun and tough

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,618 msl Water Temperature 58-66 F PAGE, Ariz. – Bass moved onto nests in shallow, clear water over the weekend. Those lucky enough to be on the lake were treated to an amazing visual display of largemouth bass in 2 feet of water in virtually every canyon on the lake.  Some may have missed the event because fish were so shallow they may not have looked at the last few of water behind the row of flooded brush that rings the lake. Largemouth bass consistently ...


Colorado DOW weekly fishing report, April 20, 2010

By Duffy Hayes

The Season of Transition Take a look around; trees are blossoming, birds are out to greet us in the morning and the days are getting longer. Things are changing all around us and with that change, comes a period of transition. The time of year when Mother Nature is still trying to decide whether it’s time for shorts or jackets. That transition from winter to spring was evident this past week as another round of showers and cooler temperatures swept through the state. The cooler ...


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Warming conditions make it easier to catch Lake Powell fish

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,618 msl Water Temperature 52-60 F PAGE, Ariz. – It seems April weather is always the same. There is some warming and when it seems it will actually get warm another cold blast follows. Base water temperature was 52 again this morning for the second consecutive week after a big wind storm.  But the next time it warms it will be for real – I promise, honest, for sure, well maybe, I hope. And when it gets warm conditions will change making it much easier ...


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Good, bad trout news to come at meeting

By Dave Buchanan

The last few years generally have been a mixed blessing to trout in the Gunnison River. Dan Kowalski, aquatics biologist with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, is expected to address those good and not-so-good issues Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers. There should be news on the survival of hybrid strains of Hofer rainbows, the German trout showing remarkable resistance to whirling disease (the good ...


DOW sets big game meeting in Montrose

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss big-game management and 2010 hunting license allocations in the Montrose area. The meeting will be at the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, 11925 63.00 Road. Wildlife managers will talk about license numbers in game management units 61, 62, 64, 65, and 70. Division representatives also will discuss the general status of deer, elk and bears in the area. Information: Brad Banulis, ...


Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, April 13, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Springtime in the Rockies Here comes the sun! Springtime in Colorado is a great time of year. It’s that time of year when Coloradoans start venturing out of their winter hold-ups, in search of fresh spring air and the opportunity to have some fun in the outdoors. The time of year when folks start getting that urge to reconnect with nature. What better way to reconnect, than to grab your fishing gear and try your luck at some early season action. The weather this ...


Sweitzer Lake level limits boat-ramp use

By Staff

An inadequate spillway on Garnet Mesa Dam at Sweitzer Lake State Park has caused the Colorado Division of Water Resources to limit water levels in the lake. A hydrology study found the existing spillway is inadequate and could pose a threat to the safety of the dam, so the state is limiting water in the lake to a level not to exceed 1-foot below the crest of the spillway. Lowering the lake level a vertical foot has decreased the length of the boat ramp to 17.5 feet and launching is not ...


Ridgway State Park open for boating

By Dave Buchanan

Ridgway State Park is open for the 2010 boating season. To prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, all trailered vessels entering and leaving the park are required to be inspected. The inspection station is open from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. seven days a week through May 3. After then to May 15, hours will be 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. After May 15, the summer inspection hours will go into effect: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays ...


Angler roundtable set for April 28 in Grand Junction

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a series of Angler Roundtables this month in Grand Junction and around the Western Slope. All will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Roundtables are set for Meeker, April 22; Granby, April 26; Glenwood Springs, April 27; Grand Junction, April 28 and Steamboat Springs, April 29. The Grand Junction roundtable will be at the Ramada Inn, 752 Horizon Dr. Angler Roundtables are open to the public and anyone interested in fishing is encouraged to ...


Cabela’s to open GJ store on May 20

By Staff

The much-awaited opening of the Grand Junction Cabela’s outdoors store is set for 4 p.m., May 20. The 70,000-square-foot, next-generation store is located in Mesa Mall and will be stocked with products specifically selected for Colorado outdoor enthusiasts and for people traveling to the region, said Cabela’s officials. Plus, the in-store Cabelas.Com Lodge will give customers access to virtually every product in Cabela’s inventory. Store hours will be Monday through ...


Expo free for anglers, wannabe anglers alike

By Dave Buchanan

This week’s Outside Connection is — what else — the 12th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition. If you’re interested in fly fishing, or interested in getting interested in fly fishing, this is the event for you. You don’t have to be a fly tier, although there will be plenty of those around to teach you a thing or maybe 100. It’s all free, except for the Saturday evening meal, so this is one time you’ll get much more than your ...


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Local groups tend to wild turkey habitat

By Dave Buchanan

Two Grand Junction Boy Scout troops and a handful of adult volunteers recently braved a early spring storm for a fast-paced winter habitat project benefitting wild turkeys along the Dolores River near Gateway. Boy Scout Troops 318 and 353 joined members of the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for the two-day project along the Dolores. The days were spent planting shrubs and cottonwood trees on private ranches. The plantings are aimed at ensuring wild turkeys ...


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Befus family bonds over fishing, outdoors

By Dave Buchanan

When the 12th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition opens Friday night at the DoubleTree Hotel, don’t be surprised to see a lot of folks who wear double-extra-small waders. While the expo always has been attentive to its audience of younger anglers and fly tiers, this year there is an extra push to show the role of families in the sport. “We’ve always had children’s and women’s programs and this year we wanted to emphasize the participation of ...


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Lake Powell fishing: Expect largemouth excitement to break soon

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,619 msl Water Temperature 52-56 F The first largemouth bass has been seen tidying up a nest site.  That heralds the beginning of spring fishing excitement. The largemouth bass spawn during the next 4 weeks will create indelible fishing memories for those lucky enough to be fishing on those magic days when bass are visible in shallow clear water, and eager to chase anything that comes near the nest. Bass spawn every year, but this year the average size of bass ...


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Take a trip to San Juan River below Navajo Reservoir, but don’t come up empty-hand

By Bill Haggerty

“Hey,” said the skoal-chewing state employee from Aztec, New Mexico, “this place is like fishing in an aquarium.” After standing in the famous Texas Hole on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam in northern New Mexico with about a dozen other anglers, all of whom were catching fish around me, I decided I didn’t like the idea of fishing in an aquarium. Besides, of all the people in that hole, me and a six-year-old kid were the only ones who couldn’t catch ...


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Elk foundation’s GJ chapter leads in fundraising

By Dave Buchanan

While western Colorado is world-renowned for its elk hunting, the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is almost as well-known for its fundraising. According to the elk foundation, the Grand Junction chapter is the most-successful of its chapters in terms of fundraising, which includes memberships and net proceeds from the annual banquet. The local chapter has raised more than $2.167 million since its inception in 1989, said Steve Decker, foundation vice-president of ...


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