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Cold weather improves fall fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,633 msl Water Temperature 70-72 F. PAGE, Ariz. — It finally happened!  Cold wet weather arrived making it very hard to get out and do any fishing.  But it is anticipated that this change in weather will bring surface water temperature down into the magical 60 degree range. It’s now time. The best fall fishing will prevail for the next two weeks. Schooling stripers have been lethargically holding in deep water at the backs of the canyons near shad ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Oct. 5, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: There’s Still Time September sets the stage for a great time of year to fish. Anglers can be a bit more selective in terms of where they want to fish, because the crowds of summer are largely gone. The cool evenings and brisk mornings are an ideal time to get a line in the water. Many lakes and reservoirs will become more productive because of these cooler weather conditions. Anglers will still have many opportunities to catch fish before the winter months roll in, ...


New management plans for reservoirs seek to balance predator and prey

By Dave Buchanan

Ten years ago, rare was the angler at Rifle Gap Reservoir with a yellow perch in his creel. Back then, the dark-striped, fast-breeding interloper was little more than another rumor in what was at the time among the state’s best cool-water trout fisheries. However, creel surveys last year indicate anglers caught nearly 90,000 perch from Rifle Gap Reservoir in 2009, combining results from both the open-water and the ice-fishing seasons. That prodigious number, which means two of ...

Lifetime parks pass for seniors available Nov. 1

By Staff

The new Aspen Leaf Lifetime Senior Pass, available to Colorado residents ages 64 and older, will go on sale Nov. 1. That is two months earlier than initially planned, according to Colorado State Parks. The new passes cost $175, are valid for the lifetime of the holder, and are good at all 42 Colorado state parks. The Lifetime Senior Pass will be sold at all Colorado State Parks offices but will not be sold at retail outlets. For more information, visit ...

Federal grant to boost state’s walk-in land-access program

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s popular Small-Game Walk-In Access Program received a big boost this week with a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Colorado was one of 17 states sharing $11.76 million from the federal agency’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. The program, part of the 2008 Farm Bill, encourages landowners to improve habitat and access for public hunting, angling and wildlife watching on their private land. The ...

DOW looking for input on bear management plan

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking public input on a new black-bear management plan proposed for the Uncompahgre Plateau. Two public meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12, Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction; and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, 11925 6300 Road, in Montrose. Brad Banulis, DOW terrestrial biologist in Montrose,  said the agency wants to hear from landowners, livestock operators, hunters, homeowners and recreationists ...

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Endless summer sees little change in Lake Powell fishing

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,633 msl Water Temperature 72-74 F PAGE, Ariz. — The endless summer warm weather pattern continues to hold. Fishing conditions will not change until cooler weather arrives. That means stripers will be in deep water resting in cool water. They come up briefly to forage on crayfish, shad or sunfish if available.  The best place to find feeding stripers is on a 20-40 foot deep flat in close proximity to deep water. Fishing is often tough in these conditions ...

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Flash flood makes mark on Pleasure Park near Gunnison River Canyon

By Bill Haggerty

Three old high school chums finally succumbed to the pressure of stories about large trout “stacked in there like cord wood,” and traveled to the Gunnison River Pleasure Park,  14 miles east of Delta last week. There, Leroy Jagodinski took my buddies Bruce and Ed for a jet-boat ride four miles up the main stem of the Gunnison River as it flows out of the magnificent Black Canyon. I followed later by wading thigh-deep across the North Fork of the Gunnison at the Pleasure ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Sept. 28, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Autumn Angling Fall is upon us. The leaves are beginning to change, hunting seasons have started and some high mountain peaks are reporting light dustings of snow. Several species, such kokanee salmon, lake trout and brown trout are beginning to spawn. Many of these species can be found in the shallow areas of lakes and reservoirs, creating some exciting action for anglers. Many hunters will pack along their rods and reels while out in the field. If the hunting action ...

Fishing in the fall: Moderate weather exciting for anglers

By Dave Buchanan

The autumnal equinox might bring shorter days, but it hasn’t unduly affected the fishing on Grand Mesa. Phil Trimm of Western Anglers (244-8658) recently spent a day on several lakes on the Cedaredge side of Grand Mesa, fishing scuds and subsurface patterns in the morning and top-water terrestrials in the afternoon. “I didn’t take a water temperature but I’d guess it was around 50 degrees or so,” Trimm said. “The fishing was really pretty ...

Highline Lake boat ramps to close Oct. 1

By Staff

Highline Lake State Park is among a handful of parks closing their boat ramps Oct. 1 as boating activity slows for the winter. All lakes and reservoirs at state parks, except Lake Pueblo, will close to trailered watercraft for the season during the next few months. “As we move into fall, boating declines rapidly,” said Gene Seagle, the invasive species coordinator for Colorado State Parks. “We need to adjust our inspection hours and days to match the reduced level of ...


Agency manages tags to better manage elk herds

By Dave Buchanan

When the 2010 elk hunting season kicks off in less than one month, a significant portion of those hunters will be aiming for a cow elk. The Colorado Division of Wildlife this year issued 133,600 either-sex and cow elk licenses including some 93,000 cow-only tags. That’s a lot of opportunity, but sometimes it’s an opportunity that goes unwanted. “The last couple of years we’ve had more than 10,000 licenses that went unsold,” said Mary Lloyd of the Division ...


Don’t mistake moose for elk, agency warns

By Dave Buchanan

If this fall finds you hunting where the deer and the antelope roam, don’t forget to look for moose. Especially if you don’t have a moose license. With the expansion of Colorado’s resident moose herds, the latest being the 75 or so moose in the Flat Tops herd, there is more pressure on hunters to be sure of their target before pulling the trigger. Illegally killing a moose can cost a hunter more than $1,000 and the loss of hunting privileges. As a precaution, each ...

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Lake Powell fish waiting for fall frenzy

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,633 msl Water Temperature 72-75 F PAGE, Ariz. – Unseasonably warm weather has fish waiting for the fall feeding frenzy, but for this week fishing success is spotty. The biggest problem is that striped bass are feeding on their own schedule. Normally productive feeding periods, such as early morning, may be ignored by fish that choose to feed at noon or night instead. The best strategy is to try fishing spots that have been productive. If no success is found in ...

State river access panel to meet Wednesday in Salida

By Dave Buchanan

Disputes about river access aren’t going away soon but the state starts looking at problems Wednesday when the Governor’s River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force meets in Salida. The 17-member panel, composed of commercial and private boating interests, private landowners, law enforcement, and state officials, is charged with formulating strategies to resolve access disputes on the state’s waterways. The panel is to have a report and recommendations for the governor ...

State parks to see rate increase

By Dave Buchanan

Visitors to Colorado’s 42 state parks will pay more for the privilege starting Nov. 1. Starting then, daily entrance fees will increase by $1 to $7 or $8, depending on the park, while camping fees at 12 of the most popular parks, including Highline, Rifle Falls, Steamboat and Sylvan Lakes, will jump by $2 for the five highest-use months of the year. An annual parks pass goes up $10 to $70. The fee increases were approved Thursday by the Colorado State Parks Board. Fees for making ...

Lynx recovery a success, says DOW

By Dave Buchanan

Calling it a “proud day” for the Division of Wildlife, Division Director Tom Remington announced today that the state’s lynx reintroduction project has accomplished its goal of establishing a sustaining population of the tuft-eared cats in the Southern Rockies. Researchers this spring found 14 lynx kittens in five separate dens, bringing the total of kittens found to 141 since 2003. The 14 kittens this year are the minimum number of kittens born this since some of the ...

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Mid-September at Lake Powell offers stripers, walleye

By Wayne Gustaveson

PAGE, Ariz. — Weather has stabilized bringing those wonderful September days with warm days and cool nights. Water temperature has stabilized again near 75 F. It looks like it will stay that way for the next week or two. With not much change in temperature, fishing patterns will remain much the same. That is good news for those who like to catch lots of fish. Striped bass adults are holding in large schools that have not moved much in the past two weeks. On a given day a school may ...

Check out fly fishing seminar at the library

By Dave Buchanan

Libraries are great places for learning about fly fishing, even if the casting room is a bit limited. On Sept. 25, Phil Trimm, multitalented manager at Western Anglers Fly Shop, steps out of the stacks at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library to present a fly fishing seminar. There will be hands-on training at the library, then practice at Canyon View Park. Bring your own fishing gear and an inquisitive mind. Do you think librarians are trout whisperers? WHAT: Hands-on workshop ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Sept. 14, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

The September Scene Fishing conditions are heating up all across the state. Many anglers are enjoying catching limits for a variety of different species. Whether it’s warm or cold water species; from lakes to rivers, using flies and bubbles or fishing off the bottom, this is the time of year folks have been waiting for all summer. Fly fishing anglers will find red quills, PMDs, blue-wing-olive mayflies and some caddis flies productive on rivers and streams throughout the state. The ...

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