Thursday, February 20, 2020

Fishful Thinker on trout fishing at Steamboat Lake

Those of us who rely on Comcast have been annoyingly blocked from getting Chad LaChance's Fishful Thinker show because of a dispute between the Altitude Channel and the cable television provider.

Chad's been posting some of his stuff on YouTube, and he just added a show about fishing for Steamboat Lake trout that makes me yearn for warmer weather.
Anyway, here's a link to the program. So, who else wants to go?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to help prevent drowning

The following was a handout for the club's recent CPR training and includes good information on drowning prevention.

First Aid Management of Drowning
Drowning is defined as respiratory impairment following submersion or immersion in fluid media – almost all include drowning in water.
Cause of drowning may be either intentional or accidental and it is one of the commonest causes of injurious deaths in developing countries. Drowning is common among males in comparison to females, as well as among younger age groups compared to elderly.
More than half of drowning cases take place in rivers, lakes and swimming pools than sea. It is to be noted that a deep place is not a necessity when comes to drowning, this happens specially when other factors like alcohol intoxication is operational; you can drown in your own bathtub.

Mechanism of death in drowning victim:

  1. Immersion deaths (sometimes can die in water by aspiration of water only up to the level of the larynx, here the amount of water entering to deep lung tissue is no or minimal. This is called as dry drowning. The mechanism could be laryngeal spasm, vagal inhibition or hypothermia.)
  2. Drowning deaths (these are due to aspiration of fluid beyond the larynx up to the distal part of the lung tissue. The mechanism could be mechanically induced cerebral hypoxia due to respiratory tract obstruction by the fluid. This is called wet drowning.)First Aid Management of Drowning
  3. Natural illness before or after entering to water (can fall in to water following myocardial infarction/heart attack or due to struggle in water to survive can precipitate pre-existing myocardial infarction.)
  4. Injuries received before or after entering to water. (e.g. thrown into a body of water following motor vehicle accident)
  5. In a near-drowning case damage to the delicate lung tissue caused by water, sand, mud etc. can later cause collapse of alveoli leading to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which can be fatal.
  6. Animal predation ( although not true drowning; crocodiles, sharks can cause serious injuries)

Pathophysiology of drowning:

  • Wet-drowning: – lungs are not adapted to extract oxygen from water/fluids. Therefore when water enter into the airways it cause mechanical obstruction of airways leading to absent O2 transfer to blood, causing hypoxia and death.
  • Dry-drowning: – when water suddenly hits larynx it can go into spasm totally obstructing the airway leading to hypoxia without any water entering lung. In some sensitive individuals sudden gush of water (cold) onto larynx can lead to extreme vagal nerve discharge causing the heart to stop suddenly.

First aid Management:

  1. Ensure safety of yourself and others.
  2. Remove the patient safely from the water. Do not attempt swimming rescue if you are not competent in swimming rescues.
  3. Call for life guards and emergency services.
  4. Check the patency of airway, turn patient to lateral side allowing the water to clear out from the upper airway. Remove any mud, dentures etc.
  5. Check for breathing by feeling respiratory air, looking for the chest movement and listing for breath sounds. In the same time check for pulse also.
  6. If the victim is conscious coughing and vomiting water keep him on lateral position to prevent further aspiration and reassure the victim.
  7. If unconscious and not breathing, open up the airway by head tilt and chin lift maneuvers and start rescue breathing.
  8. Close and seal the victim’s nostrils by your fingers, take a good breath, place your mouth on victims mouth and blow as hard as possible
  9. Repeat this method every five to six seconds.
  10. If you are not comfortable with direct mouth to mouth bleeding use a handkerchief.  But this method is not efficient as direct mouth to mouth blowing.
  11. If the person regains consciousness and starts breathing, turn him to lateral side and keep monitoring.
  12. If the pulse is also absent initially start CPR instead.
  13. Remove wet clothing and cover with dry warm cloth to prevent hypothermia.
  14. Attend to other injuries if present (e.g. bleeding following animal bites).
Following a near-drowning incident, admit the patient to the hospital even he looks completely well. Victim may develop difficulty in breathing sometime after due to ARDS.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Next months General Meeting on March 17th is at Swift Ponds (Colorado Youth Outdoors)

Next months General Meeting on March 17th is at Swift Ponds (Colorado Youth Outdoors). Chilson's Senior Center is unable to host due to a large celebration. Meeting time will be the same as usual at 2:00 PM.

Club trip to Lake John planned June 2-5

A four-day outing at some of northern Colorado's best big-fish waters is planned for Tuesday, June 2 through June 5.

Jim Visger is coordinating the trip; you can contact him at 970-800-3399.

Lodging is available at the Lake John Resort, including four cabins and an RV park with full hookups and drive-through sites. Cabins have kitchenettes and there are fire rings and tables at the campsites. For more information, click here.

There are also motels in nearby Walden and free state camping around the lake on a first-come basis.

Lake John is known for big rainbows, and bait fishing is allowed along with fly and spin fishing from the shore or boats and personal watercraft. You can also fish for rainbows, browns, cutthroat and cutbows at the nearby Delaney Butte lakes, Gold Medal waters with fly and lure only restrictions.

Dues due! No later than April 1, please

Annual dues are $25 for an individual, $30 for a couple. If you haven't paid for 2020 yet, please remit to Barb Ding as soon as possible.

Anyone not paid up by April 1 will be dropped from the club roster.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Christmas trees bound for the bottom of a fishing pond

A band of Loveland Fishing Club volunteers along with Regional Colorado Parks and Wildlife Biologist Kyle Battege and Matt Snider of  prepared some Christmas tree fish habitat for Bluegill Pond in the Fort Collins Riverbend Ponds Natural area Tuesday. It's the start of what we hope will be a series of projects with Natural Areas Biologist Aran Meyer to improve fish habitat in the natural areas' ponds.

Here's a link to a CPW posting by Kyle:  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

CPR training is 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13

Twenty club members have signed up for the two-hour CPR training session at the Chilsen Center. Cost of the class is being covered by the club. For more information contact Ray Park,

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Wyoming Game & Fish Explains How Stream Trout Survive Winter 

Winter is an especially hard time for most wildlife. It gets really cold, the wind blows a bit more, there’s often snow covering the ground, and ice forms on streams and lakes. Wildlife that we’re used to seeing in the summer has to adapt if they’re going to survive. Some animals like deer and coyotes grow extra heavy winter coats. Grizzly bears find sheltered areas like caves to crawl into and hibernate. Geese, ducks, and a host of other birds migrate to warmer climates.

But did you ever wonder what fish do? Fish in lakes don’t have many options aside from moving to deeper water. Fish in streams and rivers have a whole different set of challenges to deal with because of the wide range of habitat types in a river. Their survival depends almost entirely on how, when, and where ice forms.

Ice usually forms across an entire stream in late fall and gets covered with snow. This is an ideal situation for fish to survive the winter because they’re safe from predators and harsh weather conditions. Fish move to areas where the stream is flowing slow and deep – like pools or underneath stream banks. Because there’s snow on the ice blocking sunlight, fish do not move around much to try and eat during the winter. That’s ok, because there’s not much to feed on in winter and fish can live on their energy reserves for up to 5 months. Aquatic insects tend to hatch in the fall and are too small for fish to filter out of the water until the following summer.

While ice can be good for fish if it’s a solid cap on streams, other kinds of ice can be their worst enemy. Before streams freeze over in the fall, in the spring just after ice-out, or during any warm spell that causes the ice to melt, sudden cold weather can cause the stream to form slush ice. For fish, slush ice is like a huge dust storm to you and me. As it floats downstream, the ice can clog the gills of fish that can’t get out of its way. Some fish move to shallow areas along the bank where slush ice may not flow. Others go to deep pools where the slush ice usually floats over top. But all too often, the fish that move to the shore get caught and eaten by mink that hunt for food along stream margins all winter. Small fish that move into deep pools can be eaten by bigger fish that live there.

We often don’t think about fish, but the fact is winter is an especially tough time for them. We also tend to forget that the things people do with water that affect ice formation can have a big impact on fish. Game and Fish biologists work with water managers and dam operators around the state to keep the flow in rivers stable during the winter and help streams and rivers ice over. Doing that is good for fish as well as the people who like to catch them.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Birders among us should know about this...

With the freezing and thawing of ice around here, bald eagles have been spotted frequently on area ponds and lakes, likely taking advantage of shad dieoff.

Hard to match this report though:  Channel 9 News reports 116 bald eagles were counted in a five-minute period at Barr Lake State Park Monday.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) says 53 of the bald eagles counted Monday morning were adults, and 63 were immature.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Colorado Walleye Association holding Expo April 4

The Colorado Walleye Association is planning an ambitious spring day devoted to that species, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at the Adams County Fairgrounds near Brighton.

Click here for a link to the website.