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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 ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — July 20, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: If at first you don’t succeed… Persistence is the key to fishing success this time of year. Switching up your approach is something else you may have to do. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you have always fished for trout off the bottom, try a different approach. Maybe try your hand and fishing with lures, or a fly and bubble set-up. Get out and explore some of the “off-the-beaten-path” waters that exist in this great state of ...

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Warm water temperatures bring changes to Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,637 msl Water Temperature 82-87 F PAGE, Ariz. — Lake elevation has stabilized and water temperature is at its peak for the summer. It was 84 degrees this morning at sunrise. These factors allow sport fish to settle into a pattern without responding to water level changes.  Occasional monsoon cloud bursts are taken in stride without lasting impact. The water is warmer than most fish prefer sending most deeper during the heat of the day. Young shad take ...

Grand Mesa Moose Day set for July 31

By Staff

One of Colorado’s most-charismatic animals will have its day July 31 when the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service celebrate Grand Mesa Moose Day. Activities will include moose viewing information, presentations about moose biology and moose history, presentations on how biologists transplant and track moose, and a puppet show. Family and kid-friendly events and giveaways are planned throughout the day. All activities are free. Events will be from 10 a.m. until 4 ...

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

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report — Fishing the High Country With the hot summer days at lower elevations, anglers can look to the high country for other opportunities to find fish. Many alpine lakes have been ice free for several weeks now; others may have just lost their winter skin, making them ideal spots to find hungry fish. High mountain lakes, rivers and streams not only offer a brief reprieve from the heat, but they also give anglers beautiful backdrops and scenery, in which to fish. Getting ...

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Bass, walleye fishing hold steady during ‘dog days’ at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,638 msl Water Temperature 80-85 F PAGE, Ariz. — This is what to expect on a typical summer morning.  We launched at Wahweap Stateline Ramp at 5 a.m. After the boat inspection for mussel prevention we headed toward Castle Rock Cut. Single fish splashes were seen along the way but no striper slurps or boils. That is not surprising as sunlight on the water is needed for predators to see the tiny larval prey fish they are eating. As we headed to the back of Warm ...


Group pours years into protecting, reviving Roan Plateau creek

By Dave Buchanan

Nearly two decades after the local Trout Unlimited chapter unofficially adopted Trapper Creek, a small stream burbling from the sandstone layers atop the Roan Plateau, the changes are noticeable. Where once cattle trod through decadent sagebrush and the deepest hole was a smelly mud wallow, lush grasses and clear runs mark a stream that more than once has come back from the brink of disappearance. Like all the seasonal streams that spiderweb across the top of the Roan Plateau, Trapper ...

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Dog days at Lake Powell but fish don’t care

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,638 msl Water Temperature 79-84 F PAGE, Ariz. — Bullfrog Is Boiling! The main channel upstream from Bullfrog has erupted with significant sustained striper boils.  That is the place to be right now.  Cruise the main channel from Bullfrog to Good Hope Bay early in the morning or in the evening to find cooperative striped bass chasing shad on the surface.  Slurping boils are still seen every day in the main channel near Wahweap but fishing near ...

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Summer brings hot fishing to Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,638 msl Water Temperature 77-83 F PAGE, Ariz. — Summer has arrived!  Water temperature on the surface at Stateline Ramp early this morning was 80 degrees.  Fish are undaunted by the warm water and continue to provide great sport with only minor adjustments in fishing techniques. Lake level has now stabilized. Stripers are really showing off.  Small pods of slurping fish are seen constantly from Wahweap to Good Hope Bay. The visual display is ...


Angler’s latest fishing adventure in Saskatchewan

By Dave Buchanan

This normally stalwart reporter confesses to a bit of unease every time he opens an e-mail from one Jeff Currier. Currier, an extremely talented author, artist and fly angler from Victor, Idaho, is a familiar face around Grand Junction, having been a frequent speaker and featured guest at the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition each spring. In the past, I’ve heard from Currier, who claims to have caught 225 species of salt- and freshwater fish in more than 40 countries, after ...

Walleye threaten Red Fleet fishery

By Dave Buchanan

The discovery of a healthy population of walleye in Red Fleet Reservoir threatens the future of that popular fishery, said the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Utah fishery biologists say walleye, considered a top predator, will upset the predator-prey relationship within the next few years and eventually the fishery will collapse. Emergency “no tolerance” regulations in force at Red Fleet require anglers to keep and kill all walleyes they catch. Red Fleet Reservoir is10 ...

DNA tests fail to prove wolf presence on De Beque ranch

By Dave Buchanan

DNA tests on scat samples collected earlier this year on the High Lonesome Ranch did not prove positive for wolf DNA, according to researchers from the Robert Wayne Lab at UCLA. Many of the samples were too degraded to offer good results, the lab report said, while some of the samples were of coyote origin. Ranch chairman and CEO, Paul R. Vahldiek, Jr., said research will continue to investigate a die-off of aspen groves on his land. Read more in the Thursday edition of the Daily ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report — June 29, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: July Preview When people think of July, they think of fireworks, burgers and dogs on the grill, swimming pools and ways to find relief from the hot summer days. Relief can often be found in the mountains of Colorado. Not only are the higher elevations a little cooler, they also offer exciting possibilities for fishing. Most, if not all, of the higher elevation lakes will be ice-free by the end of July. Many require a bit of a hike to get to, which only adds to the ...

Women’s outdoor skills workshop set for Grand Mesa

By Dave Buchanan

The Division of Wildlife is hosting a women-only workshop featuring skill lessons in fly fishing, shotgun shooting and archery on July 10 on Grand Mesa. The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes mid-afternoon. Women from across the state are invited to attend. No experience or equipment is required. Space is limited and the clinic is expected to fill quickly. A $20 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Registration: Mari Myers at 970- 255-6144.  ...


Fourth forecast: Rivers swell, stonefly hatch ‘going strong’

By Dave Buchanan

With the Fourth of July weekend looming ever closer, anglers are looking to the high country to escape from the heat and enjoy the first long weekend of fishing. Or not. Weather forecasters are calling for continued hot and dry, which means the runoff will swell rivers and streams at least for a while longer. Looking south from Aspen into the Elk Mountains divide toward Crested Butte, an observer still can see plenty of snow hanging in the north-facing mountains. The Gunnison River ...

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