Monday, April 21, 2014

Still time to join us for Boat Day, Tuesday, April 22

Looks like we'll have a good turnout, but looks like we could accommodate a few more anglers.
Contact Dave Boyle with any questions, 970-218-3645.

Meet at South East Corner of K Mart parking lot on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 34.
Bring your Walkie Talkies.  Most of us will be heading for Boyd Lake.  Talk things over with your partner for the day.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Casper Star-Tribune article on new "bead and hook" technique

Here's a link to the article John Gwinnup referenced in his talk at the April 15 club meeting on the use of a bead and hook to catch trout in on the North Platte in Wyoming:

As John said, there's considerable uncertainty in Wyoming and other states about the legality of the technique, which is sometimes perceived as a form of snagging but apparently results in lower fish mortality.
It's not clear whether it's legal in Colorado, but this is really an intriguing new bait, getting a lot of attention.  We'll see if we can come up with a definitive answer.  Meanwhile, check out, this website, where they claim you'll "learn that matching TroutBeads to the egg drifting in the rivers is the most effective egg fishing technique ever developed."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boat Day reset to Tuesday, April 22

Nothing like high winds and a lingering taste of winter to mess up well-laid plans for a day on the water.

We have rescheduled Boat Day for April 22Tuesday at 8:30 AM.

Meet at South East Corner of K Mart parking lot on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 34.
Bring your Walke Talkies.  We will have Boyd as our destination lake but you will each have to work things out according to your individual interests.

The assignments are as follows:

Boat Passenger

Dave Boyle Harry Case  

Larry Seib Charlie Higgs  Ray Park

Dotty Bethel Jim Roode
Larry Carlson Wesley West Dave Harem Jim Anderson      

Tom Garland Ron Aron

Bob Scott Barbra Ding

Bill Prater Jim Giles

Dennis Lund Larry Larsen   Richard Radies

If you have any questions, give me a call.    

Dave Boyle      970-218-3645

Monday, April 14, 2014

April meeting agenda, 2 p.m. April 15, 2014

Here's the lineup for Tuesday's meeting at Chilson Center:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grey's Reef pontoon outing

Okay, personal pontoon boats didn't prove to be the ideal way to float the Grey's Reef section of the North Platte River, but there were some fine fish boated during the outing, including Walt Graul's rainbow, right.  We'll hear more about the trip on Tuesday, and an effective, ethical way to catch stream trout during spawning season.
John Gwinnup at the launch.  You can see where Grey's Reef gets its name.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Update on Carter and Horsetooth water levels

Just got this from Kara Lamb, public information officer for the Bureau of Reclamation:

It is Spring--the time of warm weather and snow. It is also a good time to let you know what is happening at both Horsetooth and Carter Lake reservoirs.
We are in the process of filling both Horsetooth and Carter Lake. Currently, Horsetooth is roughly 80% full at an elevation of 5414 feet above sea level. This is its average water elevation high mark for the beginning of the summer season in a typical year. But, this is not a typical water year and Horsetooth's water elevation is projected to continue going up.
Similarly, Carter Lake is 90% full at a water level elevation of about 5749 feet. Like Horsetooth, it is projected to continue filling. At this time, we are anticipating Carter will fill, hitting its highest water level elevation for the season by mid-May. Horsetooth will likely hit its highest water level elevation for the season by late June.
For boating and camping information, please visit Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.

Big Thompson cleanup

Interested in helping with the Big Thompson cleanup?  The annual Spring Waterway Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 19th from 9 a.m. until Noon.  This yearall focus is on the flood damaged Big Thompson River Corridor.  Signup is on your own:  for anyone 18 and under the only check-in location will be at Centennial Park.  For adult only volunteers the other check-in location is at Rossum Drive where the Big Thompson River crosses just north of Highway 34. 

Reminder, all volunteers must sign up on the City of Loveland CERVIS website at….  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yeah, the water's still too cold. Boedecker update

A dozen or so of us turned out for Tuesday's boat fishing day on Tuesday at Boedecker Reservoir, and between us caught one lone fish. (Merle's white bass). Tom Miller turned up on the same lake two days later, without a pole, and spent the day more productively trying out his temperature gauge and new fish finder.  He files this report:  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Club fishing plans for week of April 7

Boaters and float tubers will visit Boedecker Reservoir on Tuesday, April 8, following up on reports of a good crappie in the lake west of Loveland.  There's no specific start time; you might want to be there around 9 a.m., when it's warmed up a bit but hopefully not yet wind-blown.

Meanwhile, John Gwinnup is planning a trip Tuesday to Parvin Lake, the great little Parks & Wildlife-managed property near Red Feather for some early-season open water trout fishing.  If you'd like to join him, he'll be leaving from the King Sooper parking lot on 29th street at 8 a.m.

For the stout-hearted, the first catfishing trip of the season is planned for Thursday night, 8 p.m., at Lon Hagler.  Join us at the parking area at the south end of the lake.  Look for anglers who cleverly bundled up for the cold, brought a lawn chair and warm or warming liquids, armed with one- to two-ounce weights, a 1/0 hook or better, and catfish baits like uncooked shrimp, chicken liver or night crawlers.

All these ambitious plans are subject to rapid change; this is early April in Colorado.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Early spring fishing in Wisconsin

Alert angler Pat Weller passes along this April 1 photo of Wisconsin anglers on their favorite lake, caught between the seasons and hoping for a thaw.