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When the weather is hot, so is the fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,613 asl                 Water Temperature: 57 – 64 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – Fishing at Lake Powell coincides with the weather report. Warm and sunny days grouped together bring fantastic fishing results. Cold and blustery days make catching fish a bit more work. Yesterday was a perfect example of spring weather on the lake. A cold wind blew all night lowering the water temperature back to 57 degrees after it ...


Springtime fine along East Portal of Gunnison River

By Dave Buchanan

EAST PORTAL — Midmorning Sunday at the East Portal section of the Gunnison River found the river quiet, the campground nearly empty and three men hurrying to make it even more so. While Ron Smith and Verne Vobejda of Colorado Springs were rolling up their tent and stowing their fishing rods in preparation for the 4 1/2-hour trip home, Russ Tomlin stood quietly out of the way. The three had spent a couple of nights camping and fishing the Gunnison at the East Portal, and Tomlin, ...


Spring on Gunnison: Trout spawning, sediment flowing

By Dave Buchanan

EAST PORTAL — Birds do it, bees do it, even fishies in the stream do it. It’s spring and rainbow trout are spawning. There are several sections of the Gunnison River at the East Portal where it’s easy to see spawning trout, and most anglers give these embattled fish a wide berth during their annual rites. Sunday, however, a quartet of spin fishermen was working the shallows, trying for the large trout seen hovering over the spawning beds. From the fishermen’s ...

CDOW weekly fishing report — May 10, 2011

By Special to the Sentinel

Spring fishing is fraught with uncertainty: water conditions, weather, the life-stage of aquatic insects and other fish food – or maybe just the mood of the fish. When things don’t quite go according to plan, take a cue from the fish:  Be an opportunist. Stream fishermen might head to their favorite river anticipating a particular hatch – the celebrated caddis event on the Arkansas River, for example – and be locked in to it. They expect to fish caddis ...

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Best fishing of the spring now at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,612 asl                 Water Temperature: 55 – 60 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – IT’S TIME! All the variables are now falling into place. The best spring fishing of the year will happen in the next 10 days. Water temperature will now rise as warmer days without wind are in the forecast. Bass that have tried to spawn but were thwarted by cooling will be able to complete the task in earnest. Stripers kept at bay ...

CDOW weekly fishing report — week of May 3, 2011

By Special to the Sentinel

Mild, sunny days. Rain. More sun — then a burst of snow. And wind — always the wind. Welcome to springtime in Colorado.  With May just beginning, fishermen have seen just about every imaginable twist and turn of the weather. But savvy anglers who can adapt to variable conditions will find that spring offers some of the best times to be on the water. Streams generally are flowing low and clear, ahead of a spring runoff that’s expected to be significant in most of ...


Springtime pursuit is on for big fish with bad attitude

By Dave Buchanan

CRAWFORD — Pretty. Intimidating. Fish. If you’ve ever seen a northern pike up close and personal, you understand the saying, “appearances are everything.” Sleek, muscular, perfectly camouflaged in dark green and gray vermiculations, baring a mouth lined with razor-sharp teeth and sporting a pugnacious attitude to accompany its bad-boy reputation, this belligerent fish has it all. Think of fiercesome and, well, if these fish really got big — pike of up to 42 ...

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Change keeps coming as water warms at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,611 asl Water Temperature: 55 – 60 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – Typical April weather at Lake Powell has everyone confused. The only constant is change. Balmy delightful mornings are often followed by windy afternoons. Despite the uncertainty, early morning water temperature now exceeds 55 degrees. That allows warming to reach the magical 60 degree range by afternoon. Warmwater fish respond to warming with renewed activity and vigor. Spiking temperatures trigger ...

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Cool temperatures delaying spawn at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,610 asl                 Water Temperature: 53 – 58 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. — Spawning tension continues as bass and crappie are ready to spawn but temperature is just not warm enough. Days are warm but a persistent afternoon breeze mixes the warm surface layers which delays spawning. Water temperature this morning was 53.7 at Wahweap. In years when warming is late, spawning occurs in isolated locations in each ...


So many places to fish, so hard to make up your mind

By Dave Buchanan

AUSTIN — The North Fork of the Gunnison River is running high and brown, the Colorado River is up and going higher, and in those places where the water is low the snow isn’t. What’s a fisherman to do? Why, go fishing, of course, but that first move should be toward the Internet and the daily stream flow reports. It’s runoff season across western Colorado, and all those high flows and the off-color were exacerbated by this week’s round of rain and ...

Hunter fined for illegally killing moose

By Dave Buchanan

A Highlands Ranch hunter has been fined $5,177 and given three years supervised probation after being found guilty of illegally killing a cow moose and not reporting the incident. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Joel D. Eady, 30, killed the cow moose in October, 2010, while hunting in the Missouri Creek Basin area east of Meeker. The DOW report said witnesses told investigating officers that Eady admitted killing the moose and told the witnesses he would report the ...

East Portal Road open to public

By Staff

The East Portal Road to the Gunnison River is now open. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation this morning said the road, which offers access to Crystal Dam, the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area and the Blcak Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, will remain open throughout the summer unless weather or rock slides make the road unsafe. The road has a 16-percent grade and no vehicles longer than 22 feet are allowed. The East Portal Road begins at the entrance ...

DOW seeks information on poaching case

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking public assistance after the discovery this morning of two illegally killed pronghorn on Orchard Mesa. It’s suspected the animals were killed elsewhere prior to being dumped at 30 1/2 Road and B 1/2 Road sometime between 10:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The DOW is asking witnesses or anyone with any information on this or any other poaching incident to call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. A $1,000 reward is offered for ...

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Warming trend keys bass spawn at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,609 asl                 Water Temperature: 51-57 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – The aquatic tension in Lake Powell is reaching critical mass. Days are getting longer. Water temperature warms in the afternoon only to crash back to the low 50s at night. Noticeable frowns mark the faces of impatient bass and crappie. Spawning time is overdue and bass are getting anxious. What’s the hold up? In reality bass spawning is ...

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Warmest water provides fastest action at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,609 asl                 Water Temperature: 51 – 57 degrees F PAGE, ARIZ. – The report this week finds most striper fishing success in the southern end of Lake Powell. Fishing upstream from Dangling Rope Marina has not started as quickly for most with striped bass being hard to catch. Fish that are responding well right now are largemouth bass and crappie. Brush lined coves from Good Hope Bay to Hite harbor good ...

If you go: Flyfishing expo includes seminars, tiers, demos and more

By Dave Buchanan

The 13th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition is Friday evening and all day Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction. The event is sponsored by Grand Valley Anglers, a chapter of Trout Unlimited and affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Friday’s events include tours of Ross Reels and Scott Fly Rods in Montrose and Whiting Farms in Delta. A fly tiers’ meet-and-greet social at 5:30 p.m. Friday kicks off the expo with most of the 50 or so tiers ...


On the fly: Photos urge anglers to look deeper

By Dave Buchanan

There’s no agreement about who first said trout don’t live in ugly places. But there aren’t any arguments about the statement being true. Pore through the images Mark Lance has made of the places trout and other sport fish live and you’ll be understand why, as Henry David Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Lance, 58, an angling photographer, author and owner of River Light ...

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Best spring fishing indicator? Check the weather first

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,611 asl                 Water Temperature:  51 – 56 degrees F PAGE, Ariz. – Good fishing in March happens when weather warms but that is often followed by a cold spell with wind which dims fishing success. That was the case this past week as fishing success declined. Looking forward, weather is forecast to be warm for the next few days and into the weekend. When planning springtime fishing trips it is ...


Investigate fly fishing for all ages at upcoming two-day exposition

By Dave Buchanan

Everybody loves a good mystery, especially when it concerns something close to your heart. Perhaps no mystery is more perplexing, and perhaps just as decipherable, as the mystery of fly fishing. The first solution is that your fly fishing improves by spending some time doing it. You can get that start free April 8–9 during the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition at the DoubleTree Hotel. The expo’s theme is “Taking the Mystery out of Fly Fishing,” and you ...

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Late March weather iffy at Lake Powell but fishing can be excellent

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,612 asl                 Water temperature: 48 – 53 degrees F PAGE, Ariz – As the weather warmed last week striped bass moved into the shallow trees (10 feet) in the backs of major canyons. We were able to troll shallow running lures on brush covered rock points and steadily catch fish. But then a cold front rolled through dropping water temperature from the mid-50s to 48 F. On the first warm day after the ...

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