Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer party at Karol and Arnie's, Thursday, Aug. 7

We have what looks like the beginning of a Loveland Fishing Club tradition:  a party at Arnie and Karol Stroschein's, at 1 p.m. Aug. 7.  

Basic picnic food will be provided, but feel free to bring something to share.  Spouses are welcome.  Karol says we can just hang out, shoot skeet, do some "Rhino riding," play horseshoes or try your luck before or after the party at nearby Flatiron Reservoir.

RSVP:  979-776-6041; or send an e-mail. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

County Fair looking for help with its kids' fishing pond

Last year several club members helped out at the Larimer County Fair fishing pond, and had a great time keeping bait on kids’ poles and taking fish off hooks.

If you’re interested in volunteering this year, you can sign up at the “Volunteer Spot” on the Larimer County Fair website.  Here’s the link

Volunteer coordinator Leslie Snow says people are needed for the following shifts:
Date                     Time                      Number of People
8/3                         10am - 12pm          4
8/4                          4pm - 8pm              3
8/5                          4pm - 8pm              4

Leslie can also be reached at

Carter Lake thermocline

As part of his ongoing survey of area lakes, Tom Miller files this update on Carter Lake.  He and Arnie Stroschein found a clearly defined thermocline about 20 feet down, and suggest you start your fishing there and below.  To see the temperature readings, click here. 

NOTE: Picnic is August 12

Sorry, my original posting a different date in the headline.  It's Aug. 12.  Bill

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Annual club picnic is Tuesday, August 12
Okay food lovers, it's time to start thinking about one of the Loveland Fishing Club's favorite social events - the annual club picnic.

This year's picnic will be at the covered picnic area at Old Fairground Park on Tuesday, August 12.  The event is free for club members and spouse or significant other.  There'll be a charge, yet to be determined, for additional guests. 
Steak, chicken, some of Tom and Sheila Miller's home-grown corn and other good things will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., but you're welcome to come from 3:30 on. Bring your own knife and fork -- and your favorite dessert, hot dish or salad, enough to serve five people.

If you're last name begins with;
                                A-G, please bring a hot dish;
                                H-O, a salad;
                                P-Z, dessert.

The club will provide the rest. Click here for directions to the park.  (You may have to enter from the south because of flood-related road conditions.  We'll be under the group pavilion.

Tom Boesch has once again taken overall responsibility for the event, so thank him when you get the chance.  John Gwinnup will round up folks to help with the grilling, and George Kral will be passing around a signup sheet so we know how much food will be needed.  

The annual picnic is in lieu of the regular monthly meeting in August; it's a week early this year to avoid conflict with the club outing to Chambers Lake.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Boyd Lake thermocline

Tom Miller has again probed the depths of Boyd Lake - and found a thermocline developing at about 20 feet down, a potentiallly good place to look for fish as summer temperatures continue to rise.

He also reports graphing fish at that depth on his depthfinder, and caught one 14" trout at that level.  Thank you Mr. Miller.  You'll find a graph of his temperature readings on the club website; just click here.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

River's Edge opening for fishing on July 4th

The three ponds of River's Edge Natural Area will be open for what is described as "temporary public access" beginning July 4th.  The new natural area adjacent to Jayhawker Ponds was set for opening last fall but was heavily damaged Big Thompson River flooding.

This should be a great spot for club outings, and we'll get something on the calendar for July.  We won't have any scheduled events in the first full week of July.  Here's the news release we received from Brian Hayes, Loveland Natural Areas Resource Coordinator.  Bill 

City of Loveland, Colorado

Public Information Office:  
Lisa Schwartz, 962-2556,

Media Contact:
Brian Hayes, Natural Areas Resource Coordinator   

River’s Edge Natural Area Interim Opening July 4th Weekend
The temporary opening of River’s Edge Natural Area is planned for the weekend of July 4th.   Regular hours will be 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily.  Parking will be available at Centennial Park, with walk-in access to River’s Edge via the Recreation Trail underpass at 1st Street.  Walk-in access will also be available from the Thompson School District parking lot at 800 S. Taft Ave.  
Trails, ponds, restrooms and a bridge to Jayhawker Ponds will be open for use. Fishing will be allowed in accordance with CO Parks & Wildlife regulations (all rules & regulations are available on the city’s website: 
Damaged areas will be identified with signage – visitors should proceed with caution in these areas.  Temporary fencing around the core area (parking lot and picnic pavilions) will remain in place until permanent repairs are completed for safety. 

River’s Edge will be open for approximately 6 months, while re-design takes place.  The site was scheduled to open last September but due to extensive damage from the 2013 flood, has remained closed for repairs.  The interim opening was prioritized in response to citizen interest for access to trails and fishing.  Temporary conditions exist and restoration projects will be ongoing.  Permanent repairs will be completed during winter/spring 2015, requiring a full site closure at that time.  A grand re-opening is planned for summer 2015.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Anyone for Dixon Tuesday?

Dixon's on our calendar for June 17, and the bluegills are bedded up and biting.  The weeds are really thick this year, making it tough but not impossible to navigate.

I'll be out about 6 a.m. with my float tube; it you want to fish from the bank, I'd say okay, but you'll have more luck if you at least wore waders.  Dry flies, rubber spiders or popping bugs will do the trick.  Dixon is on the west side of Horsetooth, just south of the CSU football stadium.  Bill

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dave goes from first place to downright annoying

Dave Boyle caught a true "Colorado Master Angler Award" candidate Sunday, a 17 1/4" smallmouth at Horsetooth Reservoir that locks down both first and second place for Dave in the club's "biggest fish of the year" contest.

His catch is a 1/4" more than needed for the "Colorado Master Angler Award" for the species.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Help with Girl Scout fishing at Swift Ponds Wednesday, Jan. 11!

About 100 little Girl Scouts are coming to Swift Ponds for their annual day camp adventures, and they all want us to take them fishing.

We have a huge new fishing dock and covered pavilion ready for us. It should be great fun, beginning around 9:30 wrapping up by about 12:30.  We know it's just a few days after the Loveland kids derby, but that's the way the schedule worked this year. Let's be there by 8:30, to set things up.
Parents will be dropping off their kids about 8:30 a.m., so it will be congested around then.  Rather than go through the main entrance, we should be able to enter a back gate.  Swift Ponds is located a couple miles north of the I-25/Windsor exit.  From I-25, take Colorado 392 to the stoplight at County Road 5.  Go north 1.5 miles and look for an unmarked drive to the left.  We'll be set up on the west side of the pond you pass as you enter.