We've heard reports of some big brood trout in Carter Lake, and Dave Boyle confirmed them Monday, with a fat 20-inch plus rainbow. No word on what he was fishing with, or how she tasted...
Friday, September 25, 2020
But this relentless 2020 heatwave has apparently been good for fattening up the bluegills. I won't tell you where, but will say they may fall for a good old one-inch Gulp minnow, preferably on a 1/32-oz jighead and 4 pound line. Chartreuse if you can find one.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Colo. - Visitors to Steamboat Lake State Park may see water levels dropping
over the next few days as water is released from the reservoir.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
After seven months without Bill wasting valuable fishing tackle money on a haircut, the lovely Linda looked over at her spouse and, for one of the first times in a 52-year marriage, expressed her disappointment. A short domestic struggle ensued, with me surrendering like an under-sized bluegill snagged on one of Dan Barker's slow death walleye hooks. Today I face the prospect of a coming ice fishing season with nothing but a few short gray hairs between me and a frostbitten skullcap... Anyone else faced a barber or grumpy spouse lately?
Thursday, September 10, 2020
For you guys that like to look at stars-Jackson Lake State Park becomes designated as a International Dark Sky Park
Dark Sky Association
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
By Bill Prater
fishing is not always done in a drought and a firestorm. Sometimes we also get
to fish in a blizzard...
I for one will admit it. I have no absolutely no idea what this week's abrupt switch from 100 degree weather to sub-30 will do to fisheries already threatened by drought, scorched earth and irrigation
drawdowns. Premature shad dieoffs, I'd guess. Based on events of the past six
months, I'd say we're about to suffer from the arrival of one more damned thing after another.
Still, in a year gone mad, these latest climatic developments at least give us something to ponder besides sheer terror over the economy, elections and the upcoming flu/Covid 19 season. As wretched as 2020 has been, you can't deny this is an intriguing time to be a Colorado angler.
Nothing is "normal" any more, including easy access to our favorite types of bait and tackle. So we are encouraged to try different tactics, different water and sometimes different species, in the never-ending pursuit of gullible fish. We're also welcoming a lot of newcomers to our sport.
in earnest. Panfish move closer to shore, within reach of shorebound anglers.
And aquatic weeds begin to die back, making more water accessible.
Of course, the downside is, in late summer the water in most Colorado fishing holes starts
to dry up or get sent to Kansas, boat ramps shut down before we want them to,
and we start hearing about one damned "fish salvage" operation after another at
irrigation lakes. This fall may be more aggravating than most, but recent events
also give the dedicated angler many, many fun extra challenges to overcome in their sport of choice.
So, as we like to tell one another, Just Shut Up and Fish. Try to think of the many fish-related positives related to our pandemics/drought/firestorms. To start the conversation going, I note that fish
have to eat, eventually, and eventually those well-fed fish are likely to become even more challenging for the average angler to find and outwit. This can help us redefine our collective concept of a good day on the water. Also, sharing public waterways with never-ending swarms of wake boats, paddleboards and first-time anglers may drive us to distraction, but it also allows us to focus
on and appreciate Colorado's smaller lakes and ponds. Some are proving to be home to some pretty nice, previously undiscovered fish. And the rest give us something time-consuming to do while thinking of the likely bliss of the 2020-21 ice fishing season.
And possibly prepare for the Apocalypse.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
LAKE GEORGE, Colo. - Eleven Mile State
Park is experiencing natural algae blooms that may be harmful to dogs and
humans as a result of a number of things including warmer temperatures,
stagnant waters and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus coming into the