Thursday, February 14, 2013

New info from DOW fisheries surveys!

Each summer and fall , Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife – Ben Swigle and associates – conduct gill net and electroshock surveys of Colorado lakes, seeking hints on the quality of the coming season.  Water levels and prospects of irrigation drawdowns will trump just about everything else this year, and not all lakes are surveyed each year, but this year’s surveys show promising walleye population in Boyd, continued improvement in Lon Hagler as a trophy bass lake, and a healthy saugeye and walleye population at Lonetree, albeit at the expense of a once-good wiper fishery.  We also know there were substantial hits to smaller tributaries of Front Range trout streams, but nothing definitive.

For  a complete listing of DOW surveys, click here.  Lakes and rivers with 2012 surveys are indicated with an “UPDATED” flag.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Want to catch South Dakota walleye?

A number of club members have had good luck fishing with a guide on the big South Dakota impoundments on the Missouri River, and planning a return trip this summer or fall.

Tom Miller among others is working with Joel Vasek of Missouri Valley Guide Service, 605-680-3877. concerning available dates in 2013.  As of Feb. 4, these dates were still available:

> JULY 2,3,4,5,6, and July 29,30,31
> AUG 17,18,19,20,21, and Aug.27,28,29
> SEPT 3,4,5

No endorsements intended here, but you might want to check out Joel's website at