Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ice fishing set for Thursday

Okay, supposed to be warmer Thursday.  We're meeting at 8:30 a.m. at K-Mart parking lot, and from there heading into the mountains in search of solid water.

About half a dozen of the Loveland Fishing Club's Finest will gather there and decide exactly where to go - probably West Lake or Dowdy.  If you want to join us, come a little early so we can work out carpool plans.  If you hear whether the lakes are accessible up Cameron Pass, let me know.  Bill

First ever "Does My Boat Still Float?" and Hot Dog Day is April 9

Okay, there is still ice on most places where we might give our boats a trial float, but Spring is on the horizon.  The question is, will you remember to put in your drain plug?  Did you last change spark plugs in 2004? And will Dan Barker's new boat actually float?

Let's answer those questions, and help one another prepare for spring fishing, by getting together at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9 at Lon Hagler Reservoir.  Come whether you have a boat or just want a ride or a free hot dog and chips.  We'll launch, ride around awhile, fish as long as it makes sense, and have lunch when it doesn't.

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, matching up boat owners with fishing buddies, but this is just to make sure everything works.

Last April a group of us got ready to launch at Boedecker, and I learned to my chagrin that some electrical thingy in my 50 hp Mercury had died over the winter.  The trim wouldn't work, and I couldn't raise or lower the danged thing.  Ray Park called a buddy who works on motors, who came out and saved my bacon while everyone else went fishing.

They didn't catch anything, but hey, that's early spring fishing in Colorado.  If I'd been by myself, I might still be there., wishing I'd had some buddies along to help.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Aw, let's go fishing

Tired of sitting around waiting for a warmup?  Ignore the fact that it's 15 degrees outside and let's go fishing someplace.

We should probably wait until Thursday, when there's supposed to be a brief warmup.  Just don't listen to Dan when he talks about launching that new boat of his - open water is still about a 100 yards east of the boat ramp at Boyd, and things aren't much better anywhere else around here.

How about an ice fishing trip to one of the Red Feathers lakes?  Or if no one's game, let's try for open water at the Marine inlet at Horsetooth.

Let me know if you're interested - click here to send Bill an e-mail.  Unless someone has a better plan, let's leave from the K-Mart parking lot at 8:30 Thursday.  Be there or just mope around until spring.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare to start your engines. Boating season is upon us

Boating is expected to officially resume on Boyd Lake Sunday, March 1, conditions permitting.  Right now those conditions seem to point to a later start.

Aquatic nuisance inspectors are scheduled to be on duty beginning at 8 a.m. to check boats for zebra mussels prior to launch.

Other state wildlife areas such as Lone Tree and Lon Hagler remained open through the winter, with boaters expected to ensure their craft is clean, drained and dry before and after use.  

At Larimer County's Horsetooth and Carter Lake, boat ramps are expected to reopen the last week in March.  Let's all hope for a quick warmup. Meanwhile, who's ready for an ice fishing outing?  We can talk about it at breakfast Friday.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Danged heat wave has melted our pike lake! Nebraska trip scrubbed

Plans for a northern pike expedition to north central Nebraska have been dropped, victimized by this cursed run of spring-like weather.

About 10 of the club's most renowned anglers had signed up for the trip, scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday.  The ranch manager will give Norm a call if ice reappears.

Meanwhile, there is talk of a day trip somewhere closer to home.  Any suggestions?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Club members urged to attend Thursday, Feb. 12 meeting on Big Thompson Canyon

Larimer County and the City of Loveland will be taking public input on the processes that will be used for the new Big Thompson Canyon Conservation and Recreation Plan.
The meeting will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thompson School District administrative offices, 800 S. Taft Ave.
Walt Graul and Jim Roode will be there representing the club, but they could use some allies interested in restoring fishing and public access to the canyon.
"This is the first meeting whereby Larimer County will take public input and discuss their process for developing the new plan," says Walt.  "It is critical that they receive input from the public stressing  interest in fishing access and other wildlife interests. Ultimately this plan can impact what areas are maintained and/or acquired for such access -  including parking areas, etc. This is our chance to have a positive impact upon what happens in the canyon."

The extreme flooding in September 2013 caused extensive property damage and loss of significant economic, riparian, aquatic, and scenic resources.  Nearly all of the highly popular public recreation facilities in the region from Estes Park downstream were obliterated, including parks, picnic areas, fishing access, and trailheads.  This meeting may be a first step in setting priorities for the rebuilding.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

N Michigan ice fishing moved to Thursday, Feb. 5

The prospect of snow, cold and wind is leading us to delay the planned North Michigan Lake trip to Thursday.

We'll meet as planned, 8:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of the K-Mart parking lot off Eisenhower, and carpool.  It's about a 2-hour drive, up highway 14 past Fort Collins.  For more information, contact Bill

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Club is heading for N Michigan Wednesday

Okay, the cool gang will be meeting at the K-Mart parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and carpooling west for ice fishing at North Michigan lake, scene of a highly successful outing last month.

It'll be a day trip; just bring your gear and lunch.  No McDonald's or Starbucks nearby.  The lake is in the Colorado State Forest, west of Cameron Pass up highway 14.

For more information, contact Bill Prater.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Might want to bring shorts and sunscreen to Horsetooth Tuesday...

Things are looking promising for Tuesday's trip to Satanka Cove.  Forecast up around 70 degrees.

I've had several folks ask what to use; no guarantees this time of year, but the good thing about trout is, they're one fish that remains reasonably obliging in cold water.  Most of us will likely go with Power Bait fished on light line Texas rig.  Not sure how snaggy it is around the boat ramp.  I'll probably give drop shotting a try also, probably with a small Berkeley minnow imitation.  I've had a little luck with smallies on a feather jig down at the Marina Inlet in cold water, but never this early in the season.  Let's see if we can catch a few.  

Remember, 8:30 a.m. at K-Mart to carpool.  There's a $7 day use fee at Horsetooth.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Looks like north end of Horsetooth, Tuesday, Jan. 27!

The cool gang is looking ahead next to  Horsetooth next, fishing from the bank off next Tuesday, weather permitting, off the Satanka boat ramp on the lake's north end.

We'll meet at 8:30 a.m. at K-Mart, and carpool.  For more information, such as what to fish with at Horsetooth at the end of January, contact Bill.  Watch this blog and the club calendar for updates.