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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 ...

062310 Lake Powell

Slurps and boils attract Lake Powell anglers

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,638 msl Water Temperature 69-75 F PAGE, Ariz. — Slurps and Boils! We will be talking about surface feeding by striped bass for the rest of the summer. Here are some terms that will make it easier for you to understand my reports. “Slurps” are defined as surface feeding by stripers of all sizes on very small larval shad. Tiny shad are poor swimmers. There is not much chance of them eluding stripers that line up with open mouths and skim the surface ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Weekly Fishing Report — June 22, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Summer Fun It’s official; summer is here! Father’s Day weekend proved to be another great fishing weekend in Colorado, and the outlook for the last weekend in June is just as promising. From lakes and reservoirs, to rivers and streams, in boats or from shore, fishing is great all over the state. Runoff conditions still exist on many sections of the Yampa, Colorado, Big Thompson & Poudre Rivers. High water conditions seemed to have peaked on sections of ...

Colorado River users watching BLM changes

By Dave Buchanan

Among the issues local river users are following is the Bureau of Land Management’s menu of proposals regarding changes in visitor use of the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. This much-used section of river, which begins at the Loma boat launch, floats through the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, and ends at the Westwater takeout near Cisco, Utah, is among the last non-permitted sections of a major river anywhere in the West. Three of the BLM’s four ...

061610 Lake Powell

Fishing good at Lake Powell in spite of rising water

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,635 msl Water Temperature 69-75 F PAGE, Ariz. — Lake Powell rose 5 feet since the last report one week ago. Daily inflow is currently near 85,000 acre feet per day.  Fishing remains good despite rapidly rising water and interesting weather patterns. Smallmouth bass are ever-present.  Just drop a plastic grub along the breaking edge of rocky structure for constant hookups from smaller fish. Rocky points and ledges are good but the best structure is off ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, June 15, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Variable Conditions The runoff is fast and furious! However, all indications are that this will be a strong, but quick event this year. Look for extreme conditions to last a few more weeks, depending on the location. Once things calm down, get ready some of the best fly fishing conditions of the year. During these peak periods of high water, anglers should use extreme caution when wading. It is also important to keep an eye to the sky for strong spring storms. If you are ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Weekly Fishing Report, June 8, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: In Full Swing June is one of the best months for outdoor recreational activities in Colorado. Most schools are out on summer break and many families are taking vacations. What better vacation spot than right here in Colorful Colorado? Camping, fishing, hiking, rafting and boating are just some of the opportunities that exist throughout the state. And what camping trip would be complete without a little fishing?  High country waters are starting to take shape for ...

Women’s outdoor skills workshop set for Kremmling

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a women-only beginner fly-fishing and shotgun seminar June 26 in the Kremmling area. This clinic is for women interested in learning safe firearm handling, shooting skills and fly-fishing. No experience or equipment required. The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude mid-afternoon. There is a $15 charge that will cover lunch. To register, contact Kris Holinka or Sarah Reachard at 970-725-6200. Space is limited.  ...


Anglers eagerly watching stoneflies and rivers

By Dave Buchanan

It’s starting to start to happen. The much-awaited and oft-frustrating stonefly/salmonfly/willowfly (take your pick) hatch is taking off. Sort of. “Well, they’re starting to fly down around the Pleasure Park, but it should be a week or so until it goes full-blown,” said Mary Kathryn Hooley on Monday at Cimarron Creek fly shop (249-0408) in Montrose. She said the adult stoneflies are emerging but still are in the bankside willows and trees. It will be a few days ...

Landowner big-game vouchers to be discussed at Monday meeting

By Staff

A meeting to discuss the allocation of big-game hunting licenses through the state’s Landowner Voucher Program is set for 4–7 p.m. June 21 at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive. Hosted by the Colorado Big Game Landowner Voucher Program Review Committee, the meeting offers landowners and sportsmen the opportunity to meet with committee members to discuss the program. The Landowner Voucher Program, also known as the Priority Landowner Preference Program, allocates up to 15 ...

High flows into Ruedi Reservoir cause jump in Fryingpan River

By Staff

After inflows into Ruedi Reservoir from the upper Fryingpan River jumped nearly 2,000 cubic feet per second Monday night, the Bureau of Reclamation increased water releases into the Fryinpgpan River below the dam. A series of 50 cfs increments planned for this morning should put the river below the dam at 400 cfs. Bureau spokesperson Kara Lamb said Tuesday it’s possible flows might increase more depending on runoff from the upper Fryingpan River into the reservoir. This entry was ...

060810 Lake Powell

Lake Powell starting to rise, look for striper boils soon

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,630 msl Water Temperature 72-78 F PAGE, Ariz. — Lake Powell rose 4 feet since last week’s report seven days ago. Daily inflow is currently near 74,000 acre feet per day.  Water temperature went right through the upper 60s on its way to 80 F. The water temperature spike was exactly what striped bass were waiting for. They spawned last week from June 2-5 in Padre Bay. Spawning in most lake locations probably occurred at about the same time but local ...

Stonefly emergence has already started with rising water temperature

By Staff

Summer, or at least the heat of summer, arrives in force this week with temperatures across western Colorado forecast to reach the mid-90s. What snow wasn’t dispersed during the blast of hot winds last month is sure to disappear with the coming heat. And although you patiently wait for the stonefly hatch on the Gunnison, heat, or at least water temperature, should be where you’re focusing this week. Among the theories of why and when the much-awaited stonefly (pteronarcys ...

060210 OUTside connection

This weekend offers free fishing

By Dave Buchanan

While there aren’t many things in life that truly are free, this week’s Outside Connection comes close. Saturday and Sunday are the annual Free Fishing Weekend sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and it’s free in the sense you won’t need a license. Bag and possession limits and other regulations will be enforced. The weekend is aimed at getting more families involved in fishing, which means kids and adults spending time outdoors together. Some ...

060210 Lake Powell Jared Mayfield

Transition time at Lake Powell means tougher fishing

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,626 msl Water Temperature 67-72 F Page, Ariz. — Warm weather is here. Lake level is rising rapidly. That means transition time and tougher fishing. Bass fishing has been super all spring. Rising lake levels cover bass habitat and disguise fish holding spots that have been so obvious at lower lake levels. Bass fishing is still good but it will be necessary to fish deeper and more intuitively when bass nests or actual fish can no longer be seen. Structure fishing ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, June 1, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: June Preview June is an excellent time for fishing in Colorado. The first weekend in June gives everyone in Colorado the opportunity to try his or her luck at fishing with the Free Fishing Weekend.  The Free Fishing Weekend will be on Saturday, June 5th & Sunday, June 6th. This is a great way to spend the weekend with family and friends and will give anglers, who don’t normally do much fishing, some experience and “hook” them for life. Some ...

052610 Lake Powell

Rising Lake Powell makes fishing a bit harder

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,623 msl Water Temperature 63-69 F PAGE, Ariz. — Lake Powell is coming up at a rate of 3-4 inches per day which makes fishing the shoreline a bit more difficult. In these conditions bass are still very active but it is necessary to fish deeper water.  It is best to cast to the edge of a drop off instead of the sandy flat that may look quite promising. The row of trees will begin to disappear with only a few stickup limbs to mark their presence. That may be ...

App boasts better fishing with no catch

By Dave Buchanan

This week’s Outside Connection is a free app that’s said to be easy to use and helps you catch more fish. So, what is the catch? According to the folks at Fishbuster, there is none. “I designed the application for fishermen like me who want to optimize their leisure time and increase the probability of catching more fish,” said Fishbuster creator Jeff Pick. According to Pick, once FishBuster downloads to your desktop or phone, it sorts through site-specific ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, May 25, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Let’s Fish! Memorial Day weekend is the time for road trips, weekend getaways, cookouts with family and friends, and of course, fishing. For many folks, Memorial Day weekend represents the unofficial start of summer and kicks off the outdoor recreation season. From recent statewide stocking to ever changing aquatic hatches, Colorado waters are flourishing with activity. This is a great weekend to take advantage of Colorado’s outdoor playgrounds. Rivers and ...


Blue Mesa kokanee salmon numbers cause for concern

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists this year are continuing a project aimed at protecting kokanee salmon by reducing the number of lake trout in Blue Mesa Reservoir. The project includes netting and removing lake trout up to the 30-inch range, since those, according to the division, account for most of the predation on kokanee salmon. Last fall, 900 lake trout were removed from the reservoir, located between Montrose and Gunnison on U.S. Highway 50. The fish were given to local ...

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