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.

Horsetooth, Carter open for boating Wednesday, April 1

The north ramp at Carter and ramps at Horsetooth's South Bay and Inlet Bay will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

You can't launch during outside those hours, as boats have to be inspected for invasive species.  The Satanka ramp on the north end of Horsetooth will open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Additional hours will be added on May 1.

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