Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Fender knows nymphs

By Dave Buchanan

A recent day on the Gunnison River revealed a flurry of caddis flies filling the air and a puzzling lack of interest by the river’s trout. “What’s wrong with these trout?” asked Gale Doudy of Gunnison River Expeditions. “You’d think they would be going crazy, feeding on top.” A few feet away, Randy Fender of Montrose was fishing a dead-drift nymph and having little trouble hooking and landing trout. “He’s the best nymph fishermen ...


Taking a spin on the Gunnison

By Dave Buchanan

AUSTIN — With a spin of the wheel, Al DeGrange turned his aluminum boat in a tight circle and headed upstream. Guiding the jet-boat across the runoff-charged North Fork of the Gunnison, DeGrange leaned forward and growled at the three passengers sitting before him. “Here we go,” he warned. “You gents might want to hold on to your hats, it gets a bit windy.” And with that, the boat jumped ahead, letting the morning and the Gunnison unfold in mid-spring ...


Angler nets big catch in his first Powell trip

By Dave Buchanan

A Clear Lake, Iowa, angler made the most of his first trip to Lake Powell and went home with the story of catching a 31-pound striped bass. According to Utah fisheries biologist Wayne Gustaveson, angler Steve Roberts hooked the big fish at the back of Warm Creek bay and then spent 30 minutes easing the big striper close enough to be netted. “He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two weeks before his arrival,” said Gustaveson, who also is the ...


‘Cast and Blast’ targets father-son fishing duos

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a father-and-son “Cast and Blast” weekend June 12-14 at the Lone Cone/Jim Olterman State Wildlife Area located south of Norwood. This free weekend outdoor workshop will feature instruction about some original “technology”: hunting, fishing, camping, archery, firearms training, and how to sit around a campfire.  The workshop is aimed at men who have little or no hunting or fishing experience. “No experience is ...


Lake Powell fishing report

By Staff

Lake Powell Report By WAYNE GUSTAVESON Special to The Daily Sentinel PAGE, Ariz. — The fishing reports from Lake Powell this weekend were the best reports of this year by far. Virtually all who went fishing caught fish. Some found phenomenal fishing success.    Bass anglers led the way: Reports of 50 bass (45 smallmouth and five largemouth) per trip were common lakewide. Bass were caught equally well on plastic baits fished along the bottom or with crankbaits cast ...

Area fishing meeting set

By Dave Buchanan

Anglers in the Delta and Montrose area can offer comments on local fishing regulations and opportunities at a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on 
April 23 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Dr. in Delta. Eric Gardunio, aquatic biologist for the Montrose area, will discuss management objectives for local river and lake fisheries. The waters include the lakes of Grand Mesa, the lower Gunnison River, Uncompahgre River, and Miramonte, Ridgway and Crawford ...


Big-game Jack

By Dave Buchanan

After nearly 40 years in the outfitting business, big-game outfitter Jack Cassidy of Loma may have seen just about everything. An original member and the first president of the Colorado Outfitters Association, Cassidy and his guides have hosted hunters from most states and many foreign countries and have pursued almost every huntable wildlife species in Colorado. As one might expect, Cassidy has enough tales (ask him about riding a center pivot while archery hunting for elk) to fill more ...

It’s April, and that means it’s time to secure licenses

By Dave Buchanan

Nothing like April to make you think of spring, taxes and turkey hunting. Or getting a 2015 hunting and fishing license, for that matter. It’s not like you had to wait for April 1 to get those 2015 tags — the 2015 turkey licenses went on sale March 11 — but now it’s time you have one to fish, hunt and putter around on that ATV. The spring turkey season begins April 11 and runs through May 24 in most of the valid turkey units, but a few units differ. A complete ...


Early fishing at Lake Powell is 
a great catch

By Wayne Gustaveson

April 1 is here, but this is no joke: Fishing success makes it seem like the end of April and early May. Bass and stripers took little notice of the jokesters holiday as they have been swimming in warming water for the past two weeks. We usually have to wait until mid-April for the magic 60-degree water temperatures that start bass and crappie spawning, but those temperatures are already here. Here is the summary of current conditions. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been active in ...


The rainbow time machine

By Joel L. Evans

If this story was a movie, the kind you hear about but never actually see, it might go something like this: Curious young boy meets crazy old professor who invents and attaches a time machine to a fancy car. Together they travel where no man has gone before: Back To The Future. Not without travails, their time travel gives a glimpse of what we commoners can expect to encounter in the coming years. Eric Gardunio, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist, like the professor, is ...

GJ lawmaker Willett eyes legislation for bear hunting

By Dave Buchanan

A Grand Junction lawmaker who sought a summer hunting season for black bears will instead try to persuade state officials to study what he calls a bear overpopulation and find ways to reduce conflicts with humans. House Bill 1099, sponsored by Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, originally proposed establishing an annual “general purpose” hunt for black bears between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, after which the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission would have the option to ...

Turkey Hunting 101 at Parks and Wildlife

By Dave Buchanan

With an estimated 7 million-plus wild turkeys in 49 states, turkey hunting continues to be the fastest growing hunting activity. Prospective and experienced gobbler hunters can take advantage of expert guidance from Colorado Parks and Wildlife in a free, one-evening seminar titled “Turkey Hunting 101,” set for 
6 p.m. on April 9 at the Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave. The clinic is co-sponsored by Parks and Wildlife and the Western ...


Beginner’s blues

By Staff

Fish on! I did not want to hear that shout one more time. At the moment, I just wanted to grab my fly rod between both hands and crack it over my knee. I couldn’t buy or bribe a fish. My day was all about tangles and wind knots. As a beginning fly fisher, I remember being totally exhilarated and frustrated with the experience. Today, I still feel the same Zen magic when standing in a stream with the water rushing past my legs. When first learning to fly fish, that magic was ...


Catch and donate northern pike

By Dave Buchanan

If you head this spring or summer toward Utah Lake near Provo, take your fishing rod and keep an eye out for northern pike. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources needs help in reducing the lake’s population of northern pike and is asking anglers to take as many pike as they can and then donate the fish to science. DWR officials say Utah Lake is a prime example of what happens when fish are taken from one body of water and placed illegally in another body of water. Mike Slater, ...


Catching up with ‘BOOMER’

By Dave Buchanan

This writer formerly worked for a publisher who regularly would remind anyone within hearing that Carl “Boomer” Stout of Dutch John, Utah, was the best fishing guide on the Green River. This opinion frequently was voiced shortly after said publisher returned from one of his regular jaunts to the Green and a day fishing in the company of Boomer Stout. Given the local Green River lore that says the 7-mile “A” section of the river below Flaming Gorge Dam has an ...


Good Hope Bay hot spot for stripers at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,591. Water Temperature: 50-54 F. PAGE, Ariz. ­— The striper hot spot this week at Lake Powell is Good Hope Bay. This will be a recurring theme in 2015. Striper numbers and shad forage are higher in the northern lake. Reports from Good Hope this week indicate it is possible to catch 100 stripers per day while graphing and spooning. Begin the search in Good Hope Bay near Red Canyon, graphing the 25-to-45-foot contour looking for big striper schools. Stop the ...

Seminar will help a hunter get licensed

By Dave Buchanan

Hunters puzzling over the complexities of obtaining a limited big-game hunting license can get help with the process. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a License and Application 101 class from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 24 at the Northwest Region Hunter Education Complex, 711 Independent Ave. in Grand Junction. The application deadline for the 2015 limited license draw is April 7. Space is limited for the one-time class and preregistration is required. Visit ...


Spring turkey hunt open to youth

By Dave Buchanan

Hunters under the age of 18 have the opportunity to win one of two private-land spring turkey hunts on May 2-3 near Craig. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Craig-area landowners are offering the hunts as part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, aimed at instilling respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth. “This is the second year that we have offered this opportunity in this area,” District Wildlife Manager Mike ...


Thursday gathering hooks women fly-fishers

By Dave Buchanan

It’s estimated, according to the SheLovesFlyFishing.com website, that of the 18.2 million anglers in the U.S. considering themselves fly fishers, 35 percent of them, or roughly 6.4 million, are women. If you spend any time on the stream, that number won’t surprise you, although it’s certainly grown in the past two decades. It’s because of that growth that groups such as Casting For Recovery, a fly-fishing-based support program for breast-cancer survivors, is ...



By Dave Buchanan

A person might think that after more than 40 years in the fly fishing business, Jack Dennis has done it all. But leave it to Dennis to find something else. There is no question the well-known fishing guide, fly innovator, author and popular speaker has done more than most of us can even imagine accomplishing in the fishing business. Fly fishing has taken Dennis, who two years ago retired to Salt Lake City after selling his famed and highly successful fly shop in Jackson, Wyoming, ...

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