Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fixing date: Bruce's Bar for lunch! Wednesday, Dec. 2

This a highlight of the Loveland Fishing Club social season, and for some reason even spouses relishes the trip to Severance

Drive on your own or (better) carpool fromr Orchard Shopping Center Southwest of King Sooper at 11:30 a.m.. Lunch at noon.  We'll be invading with a crowd of anglers and spouses, so let Norm Engelbrecht know you're coming so we can give them advance warning.  Specialty is all you can eat Rocky Mountain oysters, but they also have good burgers and fish and such for the more finicky among us.

To get there, take Harmony Road in Fort Collins east a few miles (becomes County Road 38E) to Severance.  Pretty hard to miss it from there.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Intro to ice fishing set for Dec. 3 in Denver

DENVER – As the snows start to blow, Colorado anglers know the opportunities for ice fishing are right around the corner. Come join Colorado Parks and Wildlife to learn the basics of this growing sport in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tony Dymek, assistant hunting & fishing outreach coordinator for the northeast region, will bring his 25 years of ice fishing experience to share with participants.

"Colorado anglers fishing licenses are good for an entire year, so why not get the most bang for your buck," said Dymek. "Nature gives ice to those of us without boats and often Colorado winter days are beautiful and mild. Don’t be afraid to try a new adventure with your family and friends this winter. "

New ice fishing enthusiasts will learn all of the ice fishing basics at this two-hour seminar, including ice safety, gear and places to go. A special bonus for this seminar will be two days to pick from for actual hands-on help ice fishing at Tarryall Reservoir State Wildlife Area later this season. Sign-up dates will be available at the seminar. 

WHAT: Ice Fishing Basics

WHO: Anyone interested in ice fishing

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Colorado Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway, Denver

HOW: Register at https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/70379. Space is limited to 50 participants.

For more about ice fishing safety, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/IceFishingSafety.aspx

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reporter-Herald coverage of Senior Derby

The club's annual derby received glowing coverage in Thursday's Loveland Reporter Herald.  Click on the following headlinie to check out Pamela Goodman's article:  "Senior Residents enjoy fishing derby"

Thanks again to Ray Park and the rest of our volunteer crew for making this such a special annual event.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Great day at Flatiron at annual Senior Derby!

A record crowd of 85-plus anglers, most over 85-plus, enjoyed balmy skies, a beautiful fishing hole and great cameraderie Tuesday.

Okay, the fishing wasn't the best, but no one seemed to mind,  as Loveland Fishing Club members hosted guests from eight Loveland assisted living centers along with guests signing up through the event's co-sponsor Chilson Senior Center.

We hope to print up commemorative pictures of all assisted living center attendees.
Among the homes visiting Flatiron Reservoir were Courtyards, Good Samaritan, Lakeview Commons, Mirasol, Seven Lakes, Sugar Valley, Harvest Point and Wexford.
Thanks to generous community neighbors, we were able to award some great prizes:
  • Stephanie Powell won the grand prize drawing, a $100 gift certificate from King Soopers.  
  • Dorothy Felt captured a $40 pedicure from Today's Nails as the oldest female angler, and Virgil Horton got a $40 gift certificate from Jax.
  • For biggest fish caught by an assisted living center guest, (11 1/2 inches), Cecil Snyder earned a 90-minute massage from MYO-Arts of Fort Collins, and for smallest (10 1/2 inches) George Edwards got a $32 gift card for the movies at Metrolux 14.  
  • Ruby Simpson, Chilson Center, earned $25 for her 11 3/4-inch rainbow.  
  • Richard Stoner won a drawing prize of a $30 gift card from Canton Palace, whiule Norma Nemeth will be having her nails done at Today's Nails with a $36 gift certificate. 

Thanks to all club members who helped made this another memorable event.

Guests relax and wait for lunch while club member John Grady, left, tends the campfire.
Stephanie Powell of Sugar Valley claims the grand prize
- a $100 gift certificate - from Arnie and Karol Stroschein.
The oldest angler at the derby, Sugar Valley's Virgil Horton, right, accepts a $40 donated Jax gift certificate from the club's George Mayes.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mark your calendar! Wed, Sept. 16 is Senior Derby at Flatiron!

Unique fishing derby for elderly Loveland residents set for Sept. 17

On Wednesday, September 16, the Loveland Fishing Club will host its fifth annual Senior Fishing Derby for older anglers. Residents of eight Loveland living centers will be hosted by the club along with those seniors brought in by Chilson Senior Center. This Derby welcomes all seniors over 65 and seniors under 65 who already have their fishing license.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flatiron Reservoir, the Larimer County Parks and Open Lands reservoir west of Loveland on County Road 18E. About 100 guests are expected for the day of fishing, followed by a cookout.  The derby is co-sponsored by the Chilson Senior Center, and Colorado Parks & Recreation is helping ensure a great event with the stocking of catchable-size rainbow trout from the Watson state hatchery at LaPorte.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Link to Precision Trolling data

Like to troll, but not sure how deep you're running?  Check this link to Precision Trolling data pm the Nextbite.tv website that can get you down where they lurk. 


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Great outing at Swift Pond

More than two dozen club members turned out for a day of sunshine and pretty fair bass fishing at Swift Ponds Tuesday.  Club members spread across the Colorado Youth Outdoors many catch and release ponds armed with a wide variety of baits, with a wide variety of success.  And everyone celebrated the day with a post-fishing hot dog.
This 17-inch largemouth was the day's largest, but several others came close. Dennis Kelsey's 18-incher was tops at a similar day at Swift Ponds in July.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Float tubing Tuesday June 23 at Horsetooth

Lou Colton, Jim Roode and Bill Prater plan to scare the smallmouth population at Horsetooth into submission at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23.  Short notice, but join us if you choose.  With the current water levels, there should also be decent shoreline fishing.

Just meet at the Marina Bay boat ramp; no boat sticker is needed unless you use a motor but there is a $7 access fee.  If you come later, we shouldn't be hard to find.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Great day at the 2015 Kids Derby

Threatening thunderstorms never materialized Saturday and northern Colorado kids and their parents turned out by the hundreds for a memorable day at the 2015 Loveland Police Fishing Derby.

More than 500 young anglers registered, and many caught fish.  Winner of the top prize for biggest fish, a 15-inch rainbow trout, was 8-year-old Ariana Pendon of Denver.  Sidney Bray, two months shy of two-years-old, might have won for youngest angler, but earned a rod and reel, tackle box and tackle for the smallest trout, a 9-incher.

More photos will be posted soon.  Great job, everyone!

LFC derby coordinator Larry Seib, with 8-year-old Ariana Pendon.

Little Sidney Bray, winnrer of the prize for smallest trout, had to wait until after her nap to get the news aboout her win.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Loveland Police Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday

Let's be out at North Lake Park Duck Pond by 7 a.m. Saturday to get things ready for the kids.  The derby will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. but you know the grizzled derby veterans will be out early to stake out the best spots.

The derby, sponsored by Loveland Police, is for kids under age 15.  Larry Seib, former Loveland Police Chief, is the club's tournament chair this year.  As always, no license is required for them or their parents, and it's free.  The club will handle event registration, provide loaner tackle, run the free raffle and measure the fish.

  • Colorado Youth Outdoors will provide education and instruction on how to clean and cook fish, and fry up the kids' catch.   
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers will provide education and leadership in Colorado law and fishing ethics. A new demonstration area will be available for everyone to practice and learn new skills before hitting the pond.
  • The Loveland Kiwanis are at the event to provide family-priced food. All proceeds will be used in Kiwanis children's programs in our community.
  • Colorado Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 27 and 52 will provide FREE child identification cards. These are valuable cards to keep updated information on your child. Please register your child the day of the event before they begin fishing. Registration areas are located at the west parking lot Loveland High School and Shelter #2 on the west side of the duck pond. For more information, call 962-2229