Sunday, November 19, 2017

Last day for Horsetooth, Carter boating will be Sunday, Dec. 3

That'll be it for the season, folks.  The Horsetooth South Bay ramp and North ramp at Carter will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, except for Thanksgiving. 

No definite date has been set for Boyd, where boating remains open seven days a week at least through November. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fishing! Friday Nov. 10 after breakfast (and on Thursday)

Okay, last week at Carter worked pretty well:  good turnout, reasonably good trout fishing.  Kind of a rotten week, but the forecast looks good for Friday. 

Want to try Carter again, or somewhere else?  We can decide at breakfast - or discuss on the Facebook page.  Click here.  If you don't have a Larimer park pass we can carpool.

Wayne and I are heading to Windsor Lake around 10:30 a.m. Thursday if anyone wants to join us.  We'll meet by the boat ramp, a few blocks north of downtown.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fishing after breakfast - let's do it again

Per our earlier discussion, about a dozen of us fished Carter Lake after Friday's breakfast.

We didn't demolish the local fish population but everyone caught at least a few, no one fell in, and a chilly morning turned into a beautiful day. So a throw a pole in the truck again next Friday and, weather and spouse permitting, let's do it again.

Open to suggestions on where, but Carter seems like a good option. Or perhaps Rivers Edge? Follow the discussion on the Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fishing after breakfast Friday­čśĺ

It’s supposed to be downright balmy Friday, so let’s go fishing. I’m thinking Carter Lake, recently stocked with trout, but we can finalize that at breakfast.  There’s a Larimer County Parks entry fee, but some of us have permits, and we can carpool.

So bring a pole and your favorite bait to breakfast. If we do settle on Carter, we can gather around the boat ramp on the northeast end of the lake.  Questions? Drop me an email by clicking Here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Want to fish after breakfast on reasonably warm Fridays?

Richard asked at our October meeting whether anyone was planning a Carter Lake bank fishing trip anytime soon.  I don't think there was, but it raises a reasonable follow-up question:  While we wait on the lakes to freeze over, should we try our luck from the bank after breakfast, weather permitting?

We could try:

  1. Rivers Edge or the Recycle Pond, right down the road from Perkins
  2. The north end of Carter Lake, off the boat ramp
  3. Boyd Lake marina bay
  4. Horsetooth, South Bay or maybe the outlet.

We could plan a regular Friday outing and then decide yes or no at breakfast.  If it's to Carter or Horsetooth we could carpool for those lacking a Larimer County parks pass.  Just bring your pole and some worms (and maybe a folding chair for you old-timers) to breakfast and maybe put it to good use.

Any interest?  You can't respond on this blog, but I'll move the conversation to the Loveland Fishing Club Facebook page, and hope for some comments.  If you haven't signed up yet, e-mail Jim Roode with a request to be added.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fishing in a steady, icy rainfall, Don Knudsen caught only a single fish during the Loveland Fishing Club's annual tournament Wednesday, but the 17 1/4-inch largemouth earned him bragging rights, $25 and his name on the club's rotating trophy as top angler.

John Gwinnup also earned $25with the largest non-bass of the day, an 8-inch crappie.

Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees throughout the morning, but we had a strong turnout and a great time at Swift Ponds, as guests of Colorado Youth Outdoors.

2017 tourney winners - John, left, and Don.  That's Leland Carpenter, last year's winner, in the background.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Annual club tournament is Wednesday at Swift Ponds

Don't worry about Leland kicking your butt again Wednesday; as winner of last year's club tournament, it's is turn to cook us a celebratory meal.  Just show up at the Swift Ponds pavilion before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a fishing pole. 

To get there, turn right off I-25 at the highway 392 exit west of Windsor; then take a left at the light on County Road 5.  Go north about 3 miles then left on Kechter Road and look for the Colorado Youth Outdoors entrance.  The pavilion will be on your left.

Remember, no live bait, and catch and release only.  We'll be measuring each other's catch, and there will be two prizes - one for biggest bass, one for biggest fish that's not a bass.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Different location, rules for annual club tourney

Flatiron Reservoir is still low and pretty fishless because of construction, and the club will hold its annual tournament at Swift Ponds, north of Windsor, on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Details will be announced at the general meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20.  But here are a few highlights:
  • Catch and release only.  Our friends at Colorado Youth Outdoors would be really annoyed if we tried to hold a fish fry.
  • One pole at a time, using one set of hooks.
  • There are no trout in Swift Ponds, so we're dropping the "Biggest four-fish string" criteria.  We'll have only two prizes, one for biggest bass and another for biggest fish that's not a bass, so Norm can try to submit another 36-inch "walleye." There'll be two cash prizes, but only the angler with the biggest bass will have his or her name engraved on the traveling trophy as this year's grand prize winner.
Leland Carpenter, last year's champ, will be this year's cook for the post-tournament meal.  Pat Mikulak finished second last year and Richard Radies took the prize for smallest fish.  

Richard, left, Pat and Leland 

Pat Mikulak finished second with a 44.5 inch string of four.  Leland also caught the biggest fish of the day, while Richard Radies took the prize for smallest.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Click on this link to access photos taken during the Senior Derby.

The Loveland Fishing Club's annual Senior Derby creeps a bit bigger each year, drawing nearly a hundred elderly anglers to the Loveland River's Edge Natural Area.  Together with 98 preregistered guest, accompanying staff from area assisted living centers, and about 40 club members / fishing guides, we packed that park and terrorized the fish population.

"From just about any perspective, this was another great event for us," says Ray Park, event chair and a principal organizer since the event was launched in 2011.  It was a bit warm for mid September, but not uncomfortable for our guests, though John Grady didn't draw the usual crowd to his river's edge campfire.
Ramona and her 13 1/2 inch largemouth
95-year-old Gerald Ravenscroft

Big fish of the day winner Lloyd Mobley, with Karol Stroschein

Best fishing hat of the derby, great on a sunny day.

We're not sure who was our youngest guest - but Herdis Berquist of Brookdale North won the medal and prize for oldest lady angler at 107 years.  And Gerald Ravenscroft of Brookdale Mariana Butte was declared oldest male angler at 95.  Lloyd Mobley won for biggest fish, a 15-inch largemouth. Smallest fish of the day was hauled in by Matthew Korbe, and it was one of 13 fish he caught in Bass Pond.

Thanks Ray and Warren Wolf for ramrodding this great event, and to all club members who served as fishing guides, handled registrations, escorted guests, cooked and served and in general made this another example of the great things we do as a club.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reminder, Harvest Bazaar volunteers needed Sat., Sept. 23

One of the club's responsibilities is to help with the annual Harvest Bazaar, planned for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions; please sign up at the Chilson Center or at the club breakfast Friday.  See Karol Stroschein for more information.

Meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost of $5 in advance, $6 at the door.