Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 club picnic

Another year, another successful club picnic.  This year's event at Loveland's Railroad Park draw nearly a hundred picnickers, lured by steaks, chicken and each other's cooking.  To see other photos from the annual confab, click here:  2017 LFC Picnic

Comparing aches and pains.  Past President Norm Engelbrecht, recovering from recent surgeries, compares notes with Club Treasurer Barb Ding, whose back went out on her during last week's Ranger Lakes campout.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A little rain, a lot of fish, what's to complain about?

Fred and Keith tend the steaks
under the umbrella
 One annual tradition of the annual Ranger Lake campout is a serious downpour or two, and we pretty much followed that tradition every day of this year's trip, and added a little hail just before the Wednesday steak cookout.  Still, the crew got out every morning, and a great time was had by all. Can't wait until next year.

Good thing we brought grills. Photos by Jean Clune

Right after the hailstorm, back to the business of dinner.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Parks and Wildlife causus is Wednesday in Fort Collins

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the Northeast Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable Regional Caucus Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Council Tree Library (2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for northeast region hunters and anglers to meet with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff, as well as the region’s delegates to the statewide Roundtable, Steve Hilde, Kent Ingram and Ryan Urie. In addition, the following topics will be discussed:

--Next steps for the financial sustainability of the agency

--Lonetree Reservoir lease

--Status of recreational shooting ​on ​National Forest lands

--Hot topics from the Commission meetings

--Issues of concern brought by the attending sportsmen and women

“We are facing some challenges with regard to funding the agency into the future,” said Mark Leslie, northeast region manager for CPW. “The Front Range is growing and we would like our sportsmen and sportswomen to work with us to ensure the future of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in our region.”

WHAT: Northeast Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins

For more information on the Sportsmen’s Roundtable, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Roundtable.aspx

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A new way to honor club members in memorium

In honor of deceased club members, the Loveland Fishing Club has entered into a partnership with Colorado Youth Outdoors to help fund outdoor recreational activities that strengthen the relationship between youngsters and their families.

Unless earmarked for other projects by family members, In Memoriam funds donated to the club will now go into a special CYO Loveland Fishing Club Members fund that will be used to help with the nonprofit's work at Swift Ponds outdoor education and recreational facility northwest of Windsor.

The first donation of $300 was made in memory of Dave O. Harem, 81, the club's first treasurer and one of the club's most active volunteers with the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby, the Fishing Club Senior Derby and other projects.  The money was given to the club by family and friends in lieu of flowers after his death in February 2017.

"This is a very appropriate way to help us honor the memory of Dave and other club members who will inevitably be passing on sometime in the future," says President Fred Riehm.  A number of club members are active volunteers at Swift Ponds, and the club annually helps with CYO fund raisers and introduces young girls to fishing at their annual Girl Scouts Day Camp at Swift Ponds.  CYO also partners with the club in support of the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby. 

Further information on Colorado Youth Outdoors can be found on their website, http://www.coloradoyo.org/about/our-story-and-legacy/

The Loveland Fishing Club is a nonprofit affiliated with the Chilson Senior Center, and we also contribute to numerous through our fund managed by the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation.  If you're interested in an In Memoriam donation to CYO's Loveland Fishing Club Members Fund, contact club treasurer Barb Ding. 
A stone recognizing the club's partnership with CYO has been installed in the courtyard of the organization's education building.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dave finds California fishing to his liking

Dave Boyle, right, enjoys day of fishing San Diego Bay with Sheila Miller's brother.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New owners of Lonetree lake rights says they'll keep boating and fishing open

How's this for unexpected good news:  Pamela Johnson of the Reporter Herald reports Lonetree will remain open for public fishing after the state's lease expires.  Here's a link to the article:


Tuesday, Berthoud Heritage Metropolitan District, which won the new lease, announced that they will not only continue to allow fishing and boating but have plans to improve the reservoir. Details of that access and any planned improvements have not yet been released, the district reported in a press release.

Monday, July 3, 2017

You may want to comment on Loveland's master plan for the Big Thompson River Corridor

The city is creatiing a master plan for a 9-mile section of the river as it runs through the city.  If you want to add your thoughts to the discussion, you can take an online survey between now and midnight July 16.  Here's the link.

Our government liaison is Jim Roode, who can be reached by clicking here.

As Walt Graal noted in a posting on the club Facebook page;  "Wonder if anyone thinks it might be useful to suggest that they put some focus on improving the fish quality in the river via flow considerations, habitat improvement, and perhaps some more restrictive regulations on trout? Ketchup, Idaho and Pueblo are two quick examples of what can be done - both attract anglers to the cities and have a positive impact upon city coffers."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Girl Scouts at Swift Ponds

This year's annual Girl Scout fishing days at Swift Ponds are off to a great start.  About 120 young anglers enjoyed a great day of fishing Tuesday, with plenty of volunteers and plenty of fish to hold their attention.  A second day is set for Tuesday, June 20, beginning at 9 a.m.  Please join us.

This kid ought to be in our club. Most of the girls had good luck; this one had good skills.  With Tom Miller and a Girl Scout leader, showing off the three nice-sized largemouths she landed at Swift Ponds.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Horsetooth smallmouth

Okay, so 15 seconds after Walt release this big girl I remembered to ask, "So, you want to measure her?"  Great day on the lake anyway.  Forget your darned walleyes.  Smallmouth fishing is hot.  

Photo by Bill Prater

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FishFest set for 8 a.m. to noon June 25 at Horsetooth

This from Chad LaChance, Fishful Thinker:

Hi Bill...thanks for reaching out! Please do let the Loveland Fishing Club know of FishFest and we hope a bunch of you show up! It is a charity event so we're hoping to sell all 200 lunches and a bunch of raffle tix with all proceeds going to Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County. There will be angler education in sonar/gps, knot tying, casting (fly and conv), and more. We ask folks to preregister if possible so we can keep a head count for event sponsors. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fishful-thinkers-fishfest-2017-registration-34986001071?aff=eac2Thanks again! CL