Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Change of pace: Gunnison Gorge flash flood leaves mark on scenery wildlife

By Dave Buchanan

As more reports filter in about the Aug. 19 flash flood through the Gunnison Gorge, it’s evident the effects will be felt for the next several years. Edd Franz, outdoor recreation planner for the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, said Thursday that among the many changes wrought by the flood, the change in Boulder Garden Rapid might be the most noticeable. Speaking at the late-summer Aspinall Unit Operations meeting at the Elk Creek Visitors Center near Blue Mesa ...

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Stripers now easy to pattern at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,634 msl Water Temperature 75-78 F PAGE, Ariz. – Two distinct patterns are now in place making it much easier for anglers to find stripers. Striped bass adults are hungry for shad that hide in the backs of coves and canyons.  Shad are shallow and stripers are deep, guarding the migration route leading to the shad sanctuary.  Stripers are found by graphing the submerged creek channel leading to the back of most short coves. Consistent holding depth for ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Aug. 31, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Prime fishing time Prime fishing days are finally upon us! September brings a welcomed reprieve from the dog days of summer in Colorado. The weather starts to cool, fish activity increases, the crowds will decrease and the change from summer to autumn makes the scenery nothing short of spectacular. Fly fishing anglers can look forward to optimal flow rates and clear waters. Occasional rain showers can make conditions murky at times, but that shouldn’t be enough to ...

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Lure, bait fishing excellent at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 msl Water Temperature 77-80 F PAGE, Ariz. — The main lake fishery is evolving once more. There is still a separation of shad from the striped bass population but that separation is working to the advantage of the angler. Stripers are hungry making them very vulnerable to angling. At first light this morning we found a few stripers chasing shad near shore. It was not a boil but the splashes observed were obviously made by a handful of stripers.  Casts ...


Pheasant fortunes made by good habitat

By Dave Buchanan

With the start of school, summer officially begins to wind down. But there are still plenty of opportunities for anglers, particularly in the mid-elevation lakes and streams on Grand Mesa where the end of summer also means the end of mosquito season. However, the first of September also brings dove hunting, the first of the year’s hunting seasons and, for those particularly irked by the ubiquitous and noisome Eurasian collared dove, the start of that bird’s year-round, no bag ...

Blue Mesa Reservoir’s boat ramp hours change

By Dave Buchanan

If you’re one of the anglers who finds late summer and early fall at Blue Mesa Reservoir especially appealing, there are some changes to boat ramp hours you need to notice. With visitations winding down with the start of school and the advent of cooler weather, several of the reservoir’s boat ramps will close in early September and October. The ramps at Ponderosa and Iola will close Sept. 6 and Stevens Creek will close for the winter Oct. 18. The ramps at Elk Creek and Lake ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife weekly fishing report — Aug. 24, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: The Mighty Blue Mesa Reservoir Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water. The reservoir, when full, is 19 miles long and has over 90 miles of shoreline. Blue Mesa is known for having big fish and for having the largest kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. More than 30 streams flow into Blue Mesa, which provides an abundance of food and spawning habitat for fish. Spring fishing offers excellent opportunities for trophy brown trout and lake ...

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Take advantage of online education for hunting elk

By Dave Buchanan

If you’re like many hunters, you already know where and when you’ll be hunting elk this fall. You’ve either drawn the license you wanted or have gone online or in person to purchase one or more of many leftover licenses the Division of Wildlife makes available. If you haven’t yet checked the leftover list, you can see it at wildlife.state.co.us and follow the links. However, there also are many potential elk hunters in Colorado and elsewhere who as of today ...

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August brings more changes to Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 msl Water Temperature 78-82 F PAGE, Ariz. – Adult stripers are now separated from shad forage in the main lake. Predation from all game fish has been intense and very effective for the past two months. What shad are left have moved shallow into the warmest water with brush where adult stripers cannot effectively follow. Small yearling stripers still chase shad on the surface each morning and evening but large boils are confined to the inflow areas and to ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Aug. 17, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Making the most of your fishing trip This is the time of year where fishing becomes more of a leisurely activity, especially during the heat of an August afternoon. A good strategy is to throw your line in the water, grab a good book, sit back and relax. With most of the fishing action taking place in the early morning and evening, what do you do with the time in between? One idea is to find a lake or reservoir with multiple attractions. Waters such as Dillon ...


Even novice anglers can get quite a catch in a marvelous trip down Green River

By Dave Buchanan

Sometimes, even a famous river has trouble living up to its reputation. There are years the salmonfly hatch on the Gunnison River is a bust, and you’ll never get rich betting on the Trico hatch on the Madison or the Green Drakes on the Fryingpan. But it’s hard to go wrong on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. Sure, guides there love to palaver about the 7,000 (or is it 14,000?) trout per mile in the “A” section of the Green immediately below the dam so ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — Aug. 10, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Green Mountain Reservoir Green Mountain Reservoir is one of Colorado’s most versatile and productive fisheries. Many different fish species exist in the reservoir, from rainbow trout to brown trout, lake trout and cutthroats, and the ever-popular kokanee salmon. The fishing opportunities and recreational activities that can be found at the reservoir are abundant. Fly fishing, trolling, ice fishing, camping, boating and hiking can all take place when you spend some ...

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Striper ‘boils’ start to happen at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 msl Water Temperature 80-84 F PAGE, Ariz. — Stripers and shad are in transition mode again. “Slurps”, where stripers casually eat tiny shad and ignore most angler offerings, are coming to an end. Shad have grown some, but more importantly stripers have ranged a bit closer to shore and found larger forage to eat. Size of shad found in striper stomachs has doubled in a week’s time. These larger shad are harder for stripers to corner and ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report: Aug. 3, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

August Preview Summer vacations are winding down, back-to-school shopping is being done, and we’re almost ready to say goodbye to summer. In August, the state usually settles into its dog days of summer phase. Action can be found on free-flowing streams throughout August. Summertime hatches will include Trico mayflies, red quill, evening caddis and pale-morning-duns. Terrestrials will also be popular in August. Trout will take hoppers, crickets, ants and beetles. This time of year, ...

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Full moon, summer heat cool off the fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,636 msl Water Temperature 82-87 F PAGE, Ariz. — It appears full moon during the heat of the summer in July cools fishing off. Slurps are still happening night, morning and mid-day but fish are finicky and hard to catch. The best feeding period is the last two hours of daylight.  On calm evenings it is possible to catch 10-25 surface feeding stripers. If the pesky afternoon wind blows there are not a lot of fish caught. Expect to see quick little pods of 5-10 ...

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Great fishing can be had in areas you wouldn’t expect, like small streams

By Dave Buchanan

Under the heading, “More here than meets the eye,” we offer the example of fishing a small stream. Small, in this case, means anything too small to float and with only the occasional hole more than knee-deep. Angling writer John Gierach talks of the differences between big and small waters in the opening chapter of his book, “Fly Fishing Small Streams” (1989, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Penn., $15 new). In a chapter titled, “A Finely Balanced ...

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Reach out, grab a novice hunter by getting Huntmaster certificate

By Dave Buchanan

Don’t believe the rumors that hunting is dead. Each year, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, through its Hunter Outreach Program, offers special training courses and hunts for novice hunters, including youths, women and families. Those hunts have become so popular there simply aren’t enough resources for everyone to participate. One reason: a shortage of volunteers needed to take active roles in mentoring new hunters. To build that corps of volunteers, the division is ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — July 27, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Mid-Summer Fishing Late-July is often the time when anglers start to turn their attention to the many warm water species that can be found throughout the state. When cold water species move to deeper water and become less active, many warm water species come to life. In many waters across Colorado, good fishing opportunities can be found from mid-summer thru fall. Several waters are specifically set-up to give youngsters and handicapped anglers better fishing ...

State parks offer free entry on Colorado Day

By Staff

Colorado state parks will help celebrate Colorado Day on Aug. 2 by offering free entrance at all 42 parks. This year marks Colorado’s 134th year of statehood, which was granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition. “We’re inviting Coloradans to get outdoors at the state parks, enjoy the natural beauty of these places and experience all the recreational activities that the parks have to offer,” ...


Cool techniques for keeping your fishing hot

By Dave Buchanan

A few things to remember if you’re thinking about fishing when the temperature hits 100 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the platinum-blue sky: Go early, go late, go deep and go high. Fish early mornings, sleep all day, fish late afternoons and into the dark. When rivers drop and water temperatures rise, fish seek cooler water, which means deeper runs and holes where cool water pools. Get into the mountains, from Steamboat Springs to Crested Butte to Lake City, where it ...

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