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Lower flows on Gunnison River benefit recreational users as well as fisheries studies

By Dave Buchanan

With the power plant at Crystal Dam operating at full capacity (approximately 2,100 cubic feet per second)  all summer, Blue Mesa Reservoir has dropped to 86 percent full, allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to conserve reservoir space and reduce flows into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. As of Monday, releases from Crystal Reservoir have been reduced by 100 cfs each day through Thursday, resulting in flows through the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge of 700 to 800 cfs. An ...

As summer winds to a close, the hatch chase leads to White River

By Dave Buchanan

MEEKER — Late August brings a faint sense of ending, a pending culmination of a summer’s worth of intensity winding down into soft afternoons of slanting light amid shades of red and orange. Since mid-April we’ve chased hatches, from the earliest Blue-winged Olives in Flaming Gorge to June’s salmonflies on the Gunnison and July’s near-dark explosions of Green Drakes on the Fryingpan. In between there were clouds of caddis on the Animas River, midges ...

Pintail duck season starts Sept. 26

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_yXJmw8GNCi').innerHTML = output; //]]> Ahem. Well, yes. Let’s hope other hunters read the 2009 waterfowl hunting regulations as well as several faithful readers who pointed out a mistake in Sunday’s story about the recovery of pintail ...

Aurora fisherman breaks state catfish record

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_lwoF1sfASf').innerHTML = output; //]]> Outdoors news and notes: • Catfish mark set by Aurora angler: The state catfish record was reset July 26 when Mike Stone of Aurora caught a 35-pound channel catfish at Aurora Reservoir. Stone’s catch ...

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Day spent at Highline is about more than the fishing

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_3WZxYEwYB9').innerHTML = output; //]]> LOMA — On one of those of soft summer mornings seemingly made for father-son outings, Joe Shipley and his son Jacob were doing just that. The Shipley pere et fils were busy catfishing, although ...

Briefs: OUT Archery July 30, 2009

By Staff

Special archery hunts offered by DOW • Several limited-access archery hunts for deer are being offered this fall by the Colorado Division of Wildlife on three state wildlife areas around Grand Junction. The hunts will be on lands owned by the DOW, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association. Special access permits will be available by application to hunters possessing a valid archery deer license in game management unit 40 (Grand Junction Wildlife ...


Tri-Lakes forces title game in must-win

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By PATRICK BAHR and SENTINEL STAFF .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_ccZrawT1Zb').innerHTML = output; //]]> It was win or go home for Tri-Lakes. The circumstances set up an intense 10-11-year-old boys Little League state championship game between Orchard Mesa and Tri-Lakes that carried the feeling ...

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Fishing the Fryingpan is perfect in mid-summer, even when it rains

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_6pKAo2vwPo').innerHTML = output; //]]> BASALT — You don’t need a closing bell on the Fryingpan River when a thunderstorm sticks its dark head over Basalt Mountain. The first few rain drops are enough to clear the river of any casual ...


Cool high country lake, lodge beckon

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_RlhaHCyQ0N').innerHTML = output; //]]> The plume of dust chasing a couple of anglers up Garfield County Road 8 toward Trappers Lake belied the wet summer that has left the White River running high and the high country a riot of wildflowers. While ...

Colo. wildlife officer wins prestigious Torch Award

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_KCuud2j1R6').innerHTML = output; //]]> Mike Swaro, a district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, has been named a 2009 recipient of the Torch Award by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association. Swaro has worked ...

OUT Sun Column July 12, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

At some point later this summer, the Colorado Division of Wildlife once again will jump feet first into the fire. Perhaps not literally, although some DOW detractors may prefer that alternative, but certainly figuratively. The heat will begin in earnest when the agency officially reveals a plan to protect kokanee salmon in Blue Mesa Reservoir by killing lake trout, the main predator of Blue Mesa’s salmon. While the final plans haven’t been revealed, enough preliminary ...

Lake Powell Report July 10, 2009

By Wayne Gustaveson

By Wayne Gustaveson July 9 Lake Elevation: 3,633 mean sea level Water Temperature78-83 F PAGE, Ariz.— Striped bass continue to dominate the fishing scene. Non-stop surface feeding action continues to delight anglers and boaters. Other big news includes the capture of a 36-pound striper, which is the largest fish caught this year. Robert McAden of Greenehaven, Ariz., took his son, Jason, and small grandson, Michael Ryan, fishing in Navajo Canyon at one of the points that has been ...


OUT Column July 08, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_iNCARKcVvR').innerHTML = output; //]]> The small sign reads “Northwater Creek” but fails to mention it’s 1,000 feet straight down. Or maybe 1,500, or even the 3,000 that Chris Hunt swears is true after making the long hike out. Nor ...

OUT Sunday Column July 05, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

You should have been here tomorrow. That’s the futuristic look at fishing around western Colorado on a weekend celebrating a small group of forward-thinking patriots. Anglers headed out for their Fourth of July fishing trips will find more water this year, the second consecutive year that flows are above long-term average. Maybe, just maybe, we’re seeing the last full weekend of high flows as some rivers are starting to drop, but low water on the 11th of July doesn’t ...

OUT Column July 01, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

When valley temperatures peck away at the 90-degree mark, it’s not unusual to see a line of boats snaking down the ramps at Highline Lake State Park. That’s particularly true on busy summer weekends when the 40-boat maximum often is reached by midmorning. This year, there’s something new for boaters to do while awaiting their spot on the lake: They can look for mussels. A rigorous inspection system aimed at slowing the spread of aquatic nuisance species is in effect ...

OUT Column June 28, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

This writer has spent many a winter’s day on the ice at Blue Mesa Reservoir in the company of more-experienced anglers hooking, landing and releasing lake trout bigger than a full-grown collie. n more temperate weather, those same anglers motored around, dropping heavy maribou jigs and pulling from the reservoir’s depths lake trout often tipping the scales at 40 pounds and more. We all knew those lake trout were that big primarily due to the millions of kokanee salmon on ...


OUT Column June 24, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

AUSTIN — The clouds scraping across Grand Mesa last week were pewter precursors of more storms raking an already soaked western Colorado. It’s been great for the wildflowers but plays heck with fishing plans. “We tell (our clients) to be ready for just about anything,” said Kirk Webb at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, where the free-charging Fryingpan River noisily serenaded the conversation. “The water’s clearing fine and very fishable in the ...

OUT Sunday Column June 21, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Mule Deer Association is helping take a bite out of energy development. The bite, in this case, is the habitat changes wreaked when a company decides to put a well pad smack in the middle of wildlife habitat. Which is, like, just about anywhere in western Colorado. Habitat mitigation is one way to offset that lost native habitat, but in most cases the animals were using the original spot because there weren’t any options. The Mule Deer Association plans to help ...

Briefs;  Sports USA Fly Fishing Team June 17, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

The USA Fly Fishing Team netted eighth place at the end of the 2009 Fly Fishing World Championship held last week near Drymen, Scotland. The team, which includes Grand Junction dentist Anthony Naranja, rallied from 13th place on the final day, Naranja said in an e-mail Tuesday. “In a stillwater championships where Team USA historically has not fared well, I am extremely proud of our team,” Naranja wrote. “I know that we fished as well as we could and we utilized all the ...

OUT Sun Column June 14, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

Last week, this space wondered aloud why the Colorado Division of Wildlife apparently would oppose the White River National Forest from closing some ATV routes. Now we know. The object of the discussion was a letter from DOW Director Tom Remington to the White River National Forest saying the state agency would prefer leaving open some ATV routes possibly facing closure under the Forest’s proposed travel management plan. One section of the plan deals with ATV travel on roads in the ...

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