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Officials to ramp up Gunnison River flow through Black Canyon

By Dave Buchanan

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday that flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon will be increased to 3,883 cubic feet per second for a 24-hour period projected for Tuesday. Increasing (or ramping up) the flows by about 500 cfs per day should meet the May 18 target, said Dan Crabtree, lead hydrologist for the Bureau’s Grand Junction office. One cfs is equal to 646,317 gallons per day. The peak flows and accompanying shoulder flows are components of the ...

Highline, Fruita state parks full for Memorial Day weekend

By Staff

Only halfway through May and already campsites at Colorado’s state parks are filling for the Memorial Day weekend. Vega State Park has campsites available Highline Lake, Fruita and Rifle Falls are among the state parks no longer accepting reservations. According to a state parks spokesperson, campsites still are available for all three weekend nights at 11 state parks: Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Eleven Mile, Island Acres, Mancos, Navajo, Pearl Lake, Ridgway, Stagecoach, ...

Gunnison River to reach peak flows May 18

By Dave Buchanan

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday that flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon will be increased to 3,883 cubic feet per second for a 24-hour period projected for May 18. Increasing (or ramping up) the flows by about 500 cfs per day should meet the May 18 date, said Dan Crabtree, lead hydrologist for the Bureau’s Grand Junction office. The peak flows and accompanying shoulder flows are components of the Black Canyon reserved water right. That 2008 settlement ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, May 11, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Off and Running It’s hard to believe we’re approaching mid-May already! The runoff has started to muddy up waters all across the state. This will likely be the case for the rest of the spring. Early morning action is your best bet for fly fishing opportunities. Not all hope is lost however. Plenty of good fly fishing opportunities remain. The Arkansas River is still fishing very well, with good visibility. The caddis hatch is continuing to make its way ...

Tularemia suspected in deaths of beavers

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado wildlife officials are blaming water-borne tularemia for the deaths of several beavers in San Miguel and Gilpin counties. “Seeing two small outbreaks in different parts of the state at the same time is probably just a coincidence,” said Dr. Lisa Wolfe, wildlife veterinarian with Colorado Division of Wildlife.  “Water-borne tularemia outbreaks tend to be reported in spring, so these seem to be pretty typical cases.” Wolfe said water-borne tularemia ...

World-class deer taxidermy to be on display at Sportsman’s Warehouse

By Dave Buchanan

A traveling display of world-class mule deer and western whitetail taxidermy will visit the Grand Junction Sportsman’s Warehouse May 14 - 16. The store is located at 2464 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. The Eastman Trophy Deer Tour features a dozen mule deer and whitetail mounts with information about the deer, the hunter and location of the kill. All heads have been scored by the Boone & Crockett Club. The tour travels more than 60,000 miles each year and is seen by more that 150,000 ...

Wildlife commission to set limited big-game license numbers

By Dave Buchanan

Final license numbers for all 2010 limited deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and moose will be set Thursday when the Colorado Wildlife Commission meets in Glenwood Springs. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at the Ramada Inn and Suites, 124 W. 6th St. In addition to setting license numbers, the commission will also finalize provisions related to Division of Wildlife properties and consider several changes in the Landowner Pilot Program in Game Management Unit 1. The ...

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May fishing at Lake Powell offers unique experience

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,620 msl Water Temperature 56-66 F PAGE, ARIZ. — Fishing in May is always a unique experience.  Expectations for targeting a certain fish species often go unfilled only to be replaced by an even better success. The lake begins to fill in a respectable manner and then the river gushes forth with reckless abandon. It seems bass and crappie go deeper but, in actuality, they stay where the original nest was placed. The rising lake level covers the nest with more ...

Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, May 4, 2010

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: A Time of Excitement! May is the time of year when anglers really start setting their sights on all the different fishing opportunities Colorado has to offer. Many waters that were iced-over are finally starting to break free from winter’s hold. Rivers and streams are gearing up for the impending spring run-off. In the high country, muddy roads and trails can make getting to some waters a bit of a tricky proposition, but that won’t be enough to deter anglers ...

Vega Reservoir opens Saturday for boating

By Dave Buchanan

With ice finally gone from Vega Reservoir, the popular destination 12 miles east of Collbran opens Saturday for boating. “This is a great time of year to enjoy some fantastic early season recreational fun at Vega State Park,” said Park Manager Bob Miller., “However, please remember to wear your life jackets while boating and make sure your kids wear one too.” According to Colorado law, only persons 16 years or older, or those 14 and 15 who have completed a boating ...

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Lake Powell is rising and fishing steadily improving

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,620 msl Water Temperature 58-66 F PAGE, Ariz. – Lake Powell is changing fast. Water level is rising a foot per week but the fill rate will increase dramatically over the next few weeks. Bass and crappie are in the middle of the spawn.  Stripers are wandering looking for food and thinking about spawning.  While fishing success is excellent there are a few things to know to help put you in the right spot to participate in catching fish this week. Fishing ...

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

By Special to the Sentinel

Seasonal Report: Front Range Fun! With ice still holding on to popular spring fisheries such as Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Eleven Mile Reservoir & Turquoise Lake, this may be the time of year to focus your energy on some of the lakes and reservoirs along the Front Range and lower elevations. Most Front Range and lower elevation waters have been stocked, or will be within the coming weeks. Ample amounts of fish await those anglers eager to try their luck at some early season action. ...

Blue Mesa open for boating and mussel inspections

By Dave Buchanan

Blue Mesa Reservoir is now mostly ice free and the Lake Fork and Elk Creek boat ramps are open. The National Park Service will have inspection stations at the ramps from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 30. Beginning May 1, hours will extend to 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The Iola boat ramp will open May 1, 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m daily. Curecanti National Recreation Area Superintendent Connie Rudd announced the Ponderosa boat ramp will open under limited hours after June 18. Boaters ...

Limited license: Number of hunting tags for certain animals to be set

By Dave Buchanan

You’ll have a better idea of your chances to draw a limited license after the Colorado Wildlife Commission sets those numbers for black bear, deer, elk, pronghorn and moose at the commission’s meeting Thursday in Glenwood Springs. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street. Several units, including those on Grand Mesa, are expected to see some changes in the number of either-sex and specific-sex elk licenses. As of this writing, nothing has been ...

Crawford Res. fishery meetings next month

By Staff

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting two public meetings to discuss a proposed management plan for Crawford Reservoir. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. May 6 at the Hotchkiss Public Library and 6 p.m. May 14 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. “This reservoir is a popular destination for anglers, but the fishery has changed drastically in the last ten years and we are no longer meeting our management goals,” said Dan Kowalski, fisheries biologist for the DOW. ...

Visitor center open house Saturday at Highline Lake

By Dave Buchanan

The staff at Highline Lake State Park is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the park’s new visitor center. Funded with Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Lottery dollars, the building offers a new facility to better serve visitors to the park. The visitor center carries a wide range of park merchandise including T-shirts, fleece jackets, and hats. All retail merchandise will be 20-percent off the tagged price during Saturday’s open house. ...

Gene Taylor’s Kids Fishing Derby May 1-2

By Dave Buchanan

The annual Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods will be May 1-2 at the store pond, 445 W. Gunnison Ave. The derby is free and open to youths 12 and under. Pre-registration is required to make sure there is room at the pond. Anglers are allowed to fish for one hour or catch three fish, whichever comes first. All participants must supply their own equipment. Information and registration: Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods, 242-8165.  ...

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Lake Powell bass fishing is hot, fun and tough

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,618 msl Water Temperature 58-66 F PAGE, Ariz. – Bass moved onto nests in shallow, clear water over the weekend. Those lucky enough to be on the lake were treated to an amazing visual display of largemouth bass in 2 feet of water in virtually every canyon on the lake.  Some may have missed the event because fish were so shallow they may not have looked at the last few of water behind the row of flooded brush that rings the lake. Largemouth bass consistently ...

Colorado DOW weekly fishing report, April 20, 2010

By Duffy Hayes

The Season of Transition Take a look around; trees are blossoming, birds are out to greet us in the morning and the days are getting longer. Things are changing all around us and with that change, comes a period of transition. The time of year when Mother Nature is still trying to decide whether it’s time for shorts or jackets. That transition from winter to spring was evident this past week as another round of showers and cooler temperatures swept through the state. The cooler ...

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Warming conditions make it easier to catch Lake Powell fish

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,618 msl Water Temperature 52-60 F PAGE, Ariz. – It seems April weather is always the same. There is some warming and when it seems it will actually get warm another cold blast follows. Base water temperature was 52 again this morning for the second consecutive week after a big wind storm.  But the next time it warms it will be for real – I promise, honest, for sure, well maybe, I hope. And when it gets warm conditions will change making it much easier ...

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