Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Great outing at Swift Pond

More than two dozen club members turned out for a day of sunshine and pretty fair bass fishing at Swift Ponds Tuesday.  Club members spread across the Colorado Youth Outdoors many catch and release ponds armed with a wide variety of baits, with a wide variety of success.  And everyone celebrated the day with a post-fishing hot dog.
This 17-inch largemouth was the day's largest, but several others came close. Dennis Kelsey's 18-incher was tops at a similar day at Swift Ponds in July.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Float tubing Tuesday June 23 at Horsetooth

Lou Colton, Jim Roode and Bill Prater plan to scare the smallmouth population at Horsetooth into submission at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23.  Short notice, but join us if you choose.  With the current water levels, there should also be decent shoreline fishing.

Just meet at the Marina Bay boat ramp; no boat sticker is needed unless you use a motor but there is a $7 access fee.  If you come later, we shouldn't be hard to find.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Great day at the 2015 Kids Derby

Threatening thunderstorms never materialized Saturday and northern Colorado kids and their parents turned out by the hundreds for a memorable day at the 2015 Loveland Police Fishing Derby.

More than 500 young anglers registered, and many caught fish.  Winner of the top prize for biggest fish, a 15-inch rainbow trout, was 8-year-old Ariana Pendon of Denver.  Sidney Bray, two months shy of two-years-old, might have won for youngest angler, but earned a rod and reel, tackle box and tackle for the smallest trout, a 9-incher.

More photos will be posted soon.  Great job, everyone!

LFC derby coordinator Larry Seib, with 8-year-old Ariana Pendon.

Little Sidney Bray, winnrer of the prize for smallest trout, had to wait until after her nap to get the news aboout her win.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Loveland Police Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday

Let's be out at North Lake Park Duck Pond by 7 a.m. Saturday to get things ready for the kids.  The derby will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. but you know the grizzled derby veterans will be out early to stake out the best spots.

The derby, sponsored by Loveland Police, is for kids under age 15.  Larry Seib, former Loveland Police Chief, is the club's tournament chair this year.  As always, no license is required for them or their parents, and it's free.  The club will handle event registration, provide loaner tackle, run the free raffle and measure the fish.

  • Colorado Youth Outdoors will provide education and instruction on how to clean and cook fish, and fry up the kids' catch.   
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers will provide education and leadership in Colorado law and fishing ethics. A new demonstration area will be available for everyone to practice and learn new skills before hitting the pond.
  • The Loveland Kiwanis are at the event to provide family-priced food. All proceeds will be used in Kiwanis children's programs in our community.
  • Colorado Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 27 and 52 will provide FREE child identification cards. These are valuable cards to keep updated information on your child. Please register your child the day of the event before they begin fishing. Registration areas are located at the west parking lot Loveland High School and Shelter #2 on the west side of the duck pond. For more information, call 962-2229

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fishing calendar updated

Several new dates have been added to the club calendar, including a June 23-25 fly fishing trip to the North Platte in Wyoming and the annual club tournament at Pinewood on Sept. 22.

Following the blog link to the calendar, or click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

fishing Thursday nOrth end horsetooth

Thursday is final day before north boat ramp on horsepower opens for the season, and Dave Boyle will be there looking for fish. Feel free to join him. Been some good trout come out of there recently. 830 am or so.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reminder: Monthly meeting 2 p.m. today!

We're heading into the prime fishing season and the sun's shining.  Prepare yourself by surrounding yourself with other keen-eyed anglers at Chilson Senior Center, at our April meeting.  You might also want to find yourself a partner for Thursday's planned Boat Day, which will be part of the discussion.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

About that big bluegill of mine ... um, April Fool's!

First of all, folks, my thanks to all who expressed their admiration for yesterday's Master Angler and a Half-size entry into the annual competition for Loveland Fishing Club's top angler. (see story below)

Second of all, I made it all up, even the part where I generously credited Merle Boden with recording the catch.  If it makes you feel better, I really am intent on winning the 2015 contest with a big old bluegill.  I did catch a very fat green sunfish yesterday at the little pond just south of the Loveland Recycle Center.  Does that count?  Bluegill Bill

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Prater holds growing lead in race for Loveland Fishing Club Angler of the Year!

While other club members were contemplating what to order at next Friday’s breakfast, Immediate Past President Bill Prater was hauling in this handsome 20-inch bluegill from River’s Edge this morning.  

Photo by Merle Boden.
It is easily twice the qualifying length for a Colorado Master Angler award.  Bill, in line with his vegan, catch and release nature, released the fine specimen unharmed.  But a tearful Tom Miller, forced to eat canned tuna for a lakeside lunch, can confirm the catch. 

Meanwhile, the contest for Angler of the Year continues through Dec. 31, with the prospect of bigger fish to come.  Submit nominations to Jim Roode.  Bragging rights will go to the LFC angler who records the biggest single fish caught in Colorado waters in 2015, based on Master Angler criteria.  Click here for details. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Get ready! "Does My Boat Still Float? and Hot Dog Day" is Thursday, April 9

Mark your calendars and check your tires.  We're getting together at Lon Hagler at 8:30 a.m. April 9 for an early season boating/fishing/picnicking/cleanup day.

Come whether you have a boat or just want to fish, hitch ride a ride or chow down on a free hot dog and chips.  Here's something else that's new:  Coast Guard auxiliary will offer a free, volunteer boat inspection so all is ready for the 2015 season.

We'll also hold the club's annual cleanup around the boat launch area after lunch.  Stick around and help if you can.

Lon Hagler is a no-wake lake, so we can't open wide the throttle. But we can get the kinks out after a long, cold winter.  We'll be scheduling regular Boat Days again this year (the next is April 23, details to come), matching up boat owners with fishing buddies, but this one is just to do a little fishing, socialize, and make sure everything works.