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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 ...


Gunnison’s rainbow numbers up, but still struggling

By Guest Columnist

BY PAT OGLESBY Each fall, Colorado Division of Wildlife aquatics biologist Dan Kowalski leads a team of researchers into the Gunnison Gorge and Pleasure Park sections of the Gunnison River to determine the effectiveness of stocking whirling disease-resistant rainbow trout. Survey data from 2010 indicate the parasite-resistant rainbows are reproducing and young rainbows again are surviving in the Gunnison River. Initially, the overall survival of stocked fish has been low, especially ...


Rainbow trout history in Gunnison River a survivor tale

By Guest Columnist

BY PAT OGLESBY Colorado River cutthroat trout were found throughout the Gunnison River Basin until the late 1800s when early settlers discovered the area. Populations of cutthroats were reduced as the early miners used them for food, mining activities polluted the waters and nonnative trout were introduced. Railroads reaching into the Gunnison Basin in 1882 brought with them special cars to stock brook, brown and rainbow trout, finny enticements for angling-hungry tourists. Cutthroat ...

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Be safe, sign up for hunter course today

By Dave Buchanan

That limited license application is due April 5, and you still haven’t earned your hunter safety card. Don’t panic, the Colorado Division of Wildlife feels your pain. March is loaded with hunter education classes statewide, making it easy to meet the state’s requirement that all prospective hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, possess a hunter education card. “Our goal is to make it as convenient as possible for people who need these classes to find one and ...

Comments sought on proposed fish screen below Rifle Gap Reservoir

By Staff

A draft environmental assessment of a proposal by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to install a fish screen in Rifle Creek below Rifle Gap Reservoir is now open for public comment and review. According to the DOW, the screen will prevent or minimize the movement of non-native fish into endangered fish habitat in the Colorado River via Rifle Creek. Having such a screen in place would assist in the recovery of endangered native fishes and allow the DOW to manage the reservoir as a ...

Highline Lake now open for boating

By Staff

Highline Lake State Park is open to watercraft of all kinds. Launching is available at the west boat ramp only. All vessels entering and leaving Highline Lake must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species, including quagga and zebra mussels. Watercraft already carrying an inspection seal also are required to launch at the west ramp. Watercraft will be inspected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. If an inspector is not present at the ANS station during those hours, contact the visitor center at ...

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Before heading to your favorite water, be sure to check new fishing regulations

By Dave Buchanan

Anglers eager for the spring thaw can spend the next month reading the newest fishing regulations on their favorite waters. Most of the new regulations were adopted last November by the Colorado Wildlife Commission and went into effect Jan. 1. However, many of the new changes won’t be noticed by anglers until this spring, when the first inkling might come immediately after a wildlife officer asks to see their license. Thirty bodies of water in every region in the state have ...


DOW launches ad campaign to attract more elk hunters

By Dave Buchanan

Facing a glut of elk and a declining number of hunters, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is challenging hunters nationwide to tackle elk hunting this fall. The division is in the midst of a $300,000 advertising campaign aimed at hunters age 35–60 across the nation in an effort to boost elk license sales and support the rural communities that depend on hunting. The campaign, titled “Elevate Your Game,” will run through April 5, the application deadline for limited-draw ...

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