Sunday, June 17, 2018

Charlie needs our prayers

Long-time club member Charlie Higgs has undergone surgery for stomach problems. Rick Golz reports he is in Intensive care at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Senior Derby planning session set for Friday, June 29

From:  Ray Park & Warren Wolf -----------------------------  Derby Chairman

We will have a short meeting for all Committee Chairman and Committee members on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Cherrie Room at Chilson Senior Center.

All factors of this year Sr. Derby will be discussed. We will try to keep the gathering around an hour. All members are welcomed and look forward to all idea's. If you have seen something within the Derby you do not like, lets see if we can change it.

Committee Chairs:

Warren Wolf,  Keith Gentry,   Ray Park ---------     Senior Facilities Contact
Keith Gentry -------------------                                  Registration
Tom Boesch -------------------                                  Food 
Barbra Ding ----------------------                               Food Handling and Distribution
Arnie & Karol Stroschein  -----------------                Prizes
Bill Prater ----------------                                         Photo's
George & Skip Kral ----------------------------            Poles and Equipment
John Gwinnup -------------------------------                Chairs
John Grady ------------------------------                      Out side Fire
Dennis Keisey -----------------------------                   Signs
Tom Miller -------------------------------                       Fish Cleaning & Measuring
Dave Johnson --------------------------                      Traffic Control
Ray Petersburg & Dave Boyle ----------------------- Golf Carts    ( Only if Needed )

Thursday, June 14, 2018

First Girl Scouting went well; another one Tuesday!

June 12 was the first Girl Scout angling day at Swift Ponds, and our first venture without the usual live bait went well, though a bit slow.

We did learn that fishing with small (1/32 and 1/64 oz.) jig heads - tied directly on the line and below a bobber - cut down drastically on fish mortality.  We used a variety of artificial baits, including Gulp minnows, maggots and trout worms.  Minnows seemed to work best for girls who actively cast and retrieved their baits versus simply watching for a bite, with white maggots seeming to attract bluegill as well.

We had a great turnout of club members, allowing us to spend quality time with the girls, and your help will be needed again Tuesday, June 19, at Colorado Youth Outdoors' Swift Ponds.  Fishing begins at 9:30 and runs through 12:30.

Fishing Club volunteers and Girl Scout anglers. Photo
by Don Knudsen

Friday, June 8, 2018

Karol's having a potluck star party!

 Loveland Fishing Club members are invited to Karol's House for a potluck star party.

Date:  Saturday, June 23rd, 2018                 
Time:  3:00 p.m until sometime well after dark……..
Address:  11040 Flatiron Mountain Road, Loveland, CO 80537
This is just above Flatiron Reservoir, West of Carter Lake.
Potluck:    Bring a side dish or dessert for pulled pork please.
Karol will be supplying the pork, drinks, service, napkins, etc
Also bring a chair and a blanket because it might be cold.
to Karol 970-308-2126 Cell
or email her at
If you have a telescope (either solar or stellar) please bring it, since there are pretty dark skies up there.

Girl Scout fishing Tuesday at Swift Ponds

Our annual outing with the Girl Scouts at Swift Ponds takes place this Tuesday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 19.  DATE CORRECTED. Your help is needed to make this a memorable experience for the girls.
Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Try to be there by 9.  Poles and such will be provided; enter through the main gate and you'll be directed to where we'll be fishing.  For more information contact Dave Johnson,

Directions:  Take Interstate 25 north to Windsor Exit 262, turn right onto Highway 392. Take Highway 392 east to County Rd. 5, turn left onto County Rd. 5. Take County Rd. 5 north to County Rd. 36 (Ketchter Road). Turn Left onto County Rd. 36, the Swift Ponds gate will be on your left.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Horsetooth smallies

Horsetooth is fishing very well these days, as attested by Wayne Denbar and one of a fair number of smallmouth brought to boat Wednesday.

Photo by Bill Prater

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jumbo walleye

Barb Ding, left, and Kathleen Barker display some recent extractions from Jumbo Reservoir. 
Photo by Dan Barker

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A simple issue of catch and long-range release

Okay gang, normally I would tell you all about this at Friday's Loveland Fishing Club breakfast.  But I will be gone tomorrow.  So consider the following to be a trustworthy account of the events of May 10 at Rivers Edge Natural Area, submitted by a beloved past President and verified by Dennis Kelsey, a long-term club member never known for exaggeration:

As we trundled onto the dock on Dragonfly Pond, we could not help but notice an enormous largemouth bass cruising along the shadowy side of the dock, a conservative 19, maybe 20 inches in length.  Call it 20, and weighing at least 4 1/4 pounds.  Trying to entice a bite was wasted effort; this bass didn't get this big by being gullible.

Anyway, about an hour into the fishing, and relying on my trusty ultralight rig -- 4-pound Nanofil line, 1/32-ounce jig and one-inch Gulp Minnow -- I hooked a fine, fat 10- or 11-inch rainbow.  Call it 11.

Skillfully I reeled it to within a foot or two of the dock, when -- SUDDENLY!  the giant largemouth emerges from the shadows and chases the trout down the length of the dock.  Then back.  Then ENGULFS that poor fish with one giant swallow, leaving 3 inches of trout tail protruding from its jaws.  Then the victor slowly headed for deeper water, a loose drag the only thing between it, me and a broken line. 

After a battle that seemed to last an hour, and was likely at least two minutes, the bass turned and swam back toward the dock, where I waited in premature triumph and Dennis waited with net in hand.  That's, uh, where this report gets a bit awkward.  The damned bass then coughed up the rainbow and swam back under the dock. The damned trout emerged from its ordeal mortified but otherwise unhurt and - this is important - still firmly hooked until given its release.

So here is the question:  Was this not a legitimate case of catch and release?  And with the victim's tail protruding at least 3 inches from the largemouth's large mouth, the combined catch was a full 5 inches beyond minimum criteria for Colorado Master Angler status.  (With a short-term weight of 4 1/4 pounds of bass plus 12 ounces of trout, it was also a nifty 5 pounder.) Even Norm and Dan, not to mention my brother Paul, should have no problem with this reasoning.

So, Dennis and I will leave the math to our esteemed judge, Jim Roode.  But it sure seems like I am now the leading contender for Loveland Fishing Club Angler of the Year.  Congratulations are clearly in order.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Prater


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tell young friends about the Loveland Police Fishing Derby! Saturday, June 3

Under the oversight of Keith Gentry, the club's role in the annual event at North Lake Duck Pond is taking shape.  We'll be handling event registration, tackle loans, measurements and the free raffles and prizes for biggest and smallest trout.

The event opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.  If you've not signed up yet to volunteer, look for the signup sheet at Friday breakfasts.  This is our largest annual volunteer project.

As in years past, Colorado Youth Outdoors will be cleaning and cooking the kids' fish, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will stock the pond with trout.  Loveland Kiwanis clubs will provide family priced food and drink and Colorado FOP lodge 27 and 52 will provide free child identification cards to children up to age 14.  The event is sponsored by Loveland Police.

Keith with last year's big fish winner

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Former club member Jerry Belko has passed away in Utah

Gerald F., Jerry, Belko, 86, died peacefully at his home in Sandy, UT on April 23.  

Born in Hobart, Indiana April 16,1932, he received full scholarship to Idaho State to play basketball, where he is a member of the ISU Hall of Fame. He also played Semi-Pro Baseball for the Orioles and Pirates organizations. Gerry served in the US Army's 5th Armor Battalion at Fort Chaffee. He moved to Chicago to start a family and serve as VP of HR at American Hospital Supply where he remained for over three decades and received many awards for his contributions and community service. 

Married to Sandra Locke Belko after the death of his first wife Diane Turner Belko, he lived in Loveland and Hawaii before moving to Utah. He is survived by wife Sandy; three children Frank, Barry and Savannah; three step children Marty, Mike, and Steve Locke; and many grandchildren.