Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Annual dinner meeting is Friday, Jan. 19

The annual dinner will be held at Chilson Center on Friday, Jan. 19, with serving beginning at 5 p.m.

Spouses or another guest are welcome at this annual free event, which includes installation of 2018 club officers.

Signup information will be distributed beforehand.

January Board meeting is 9 a.m. TUESDAY, Jan. 2, Chilson

Because of the New Year's Day holiday the January board meeting will be held on Tuesday.  All members are welcome.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

First Ice! Crew heading to Lake John after Christmas

It's been a long, warm lead-up to winter, but the folks at Lake John are reporting solid ice and good early season fishing.  So Norm Engelbrecht will be leading a crew to the lake west of Walden on Wednesday, Dec. 27, returning Dec. 28.

Plans are still tentative; they'll overnight in Walden.  Interested?  Contact Norma at 970-669-4984. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday meeting is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19

As always, no formal agenda for the December.  We'll run over the possibilities for club officers, head for the cookies and coffee, and then have our annual gift exchange.

Remember, if you want to participate, get something (new) for about 10 bucks, and wrap it up but don't put your name on it.  We have a kind of raffle to decide who gets to pick first.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Road trip to Bruces! Wednesday, Dec. 6

It's early December, a time when Norm Englebrecht starts getting hungry for Rocky Mountain oysters.  Which means it's time for one of the club's most cherished traditions:  a road trip to Bruce's!Spouses are encouraged to come along on this one; assure them that alternatives meal choices exist, but the big draw is All-You-Can-Eat Oysters.  Image result for Rocky Mountain Oysters

The plan is to gather at the southeast corner of the King Sooper Parking Lot off Lincoln Avenue and 29th Street at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, and carpool to Bruce's, a half-hour or so northeast of Loveland.  Or just meet us there about noon.  It's a pretty big place, but we make up a pretty large crowd, so let Norm know whether you plan to join us.

DIRECTIONS:  Take I-25 to Harmony Road in Fort Collins (38E toward Timnath) and head east about 7 miles to Severance.  Look for Bruce's on the left.  Or take Colorado 392 through Windsor to U.S. 85, then go north about 4 miles to first street in Severance.  To read about what you're getting into, click here.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Time for a new LFC hat!

It's been nearly 15 years since charter members got a hat with the Loveland Fishing Club logo.  Most are getting kinda dirty and worn.

So get yourself a new one!  George Kral has lined up a local embroiderer to create some flashy new ones.  You have a choice of three styles - one with a bass, a walleye or trout.  Cost is about $25.
Contact George as soon as possible - Friday at breakfast, or click here to e-mail him.

Here's what they look like (plus the club logo on the front)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Last day for Horsetooth, Carter boating will be Sunday, Dec. 3

That'll be it for the season, folks.  The Horsetooth South Bay ramp and North ramp at Carter will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, except for Thanksgiving. 

No definite date has been set for Boyd, where boating remains open seven days a week at least through November. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fishing! Friday Nov. 10 after breakfast (and on Thursday)

Okay, last week at Carter worked pretty well:  good turnout, reasonably good trout fishing.  Kind of a rotten week, but the forecast looks good for Friday. 

Want to try Carter again, or somewhere else?  We can decide at breakfast - or discuss on the Facebook page.  Click here.  If you don't have a Larimer park pass we can carpool.

Wayne and I are heading to Windsor Lake around 10:30 a.m. Thursday if anyone wants to join us.  We'll meet by the boat ramp, a few blocks north of downtown.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fishing after breakfast - let's do it again

Per our earlier discussion, about a dozen of us fished Carter Lake after Friday's breakfast.

We didn't demolish the local fish population but everyone caught at least a few, no one fell in, and a chilly morning turned into a beautiful day. So a throw a pole in the truck again next Friday and, weather and spouse permitting, let's do it again.

Open to suggestions on where, but Carter seems like a good option. Or perhaps Rivers Edge? Follow the discussion on the Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fishing after breakfast Friday😒

It’s supposed to be downright balmy Friday, so let’s go fishing. I’m thinking Carter Lake, recently stocked with trout, but we can finalize that at breakfast.  There’s a Larimer County Parks entry fee, but some of us have permits, and we can carpool.

So bring a pole and your favorite bait to breakfast. If we do settle on Carter, we can gather around the boat ramp on the northeast end of the lake.  Questions? Drop me an email by clicking Here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Want to fish after breakfast on reasonably warm Fridays?

Richard asked at our October meeting whether anyone was planning a Carter Lake bank fishing trip anytime soon.  I don't think there was, but it raises a reasonable follow-up question:  While we wait on the lakes to freeze over, should we try our luck from the bank after breakfast, weather permitting?

We could try:

  1. Rivers Edge or the Recycle Pond, right down the road from Perkins
  2. The north end of Carter Lake, off the boat ramp
  3. Boyd Lake marina bay
  4. Horsetooth, South Bay or maybe the outlet.

We could plan a regular Friday outing and then decide yes or no at breakfast.  If it's to Carter or Horsetooth we could carpool for those lacking a Larimer County parks pass.  Just bring your pole and some worms (and maybe a folding chair for you old-timers) to breakfast and maybe put it to good use.

Any interest?  You can't respond on this blog, but I'll move the conversation to the Loveland Fishing Club Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/LovelandFishingClub/ and hope for some comments.  If you haven't signed up yet, e-mail Jim Roode with a request to be added.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fishing in a steady, icy rainfall, Don Knudsen caught only a single fish during the Loveland Fishing Club's annual tournament Wednesday, but the 17 1/4-inch largemouth earned him bragging rights, $25 and his name on the club's rotating trophy as top angler.

John Gwinnup also earned $25with the largest non-bass of the day, an 8-inch crappie.

Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees throughout the morning, but we had a strong turnout and a great time at Swift Ponds, as guests of Colorado Youth Outdoors.

2017 tourney winners - John, left, and Don.  That's Leland Carpenter, last year's winner, in the background.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Annual club tournament is Wednesday at Swift Ponds

Don't worry about Leland kicking your butt again Wednesday; as winner of last year's club tournament, it's is turn to cook us a celebratory meal.  Just show up at the Swift Ponds pavilion before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a fishing pole. 

To get there, turn right off I-25 at the highway 392 exit west of Windsor; then take a left at the light on County Road 5.  Go north about 3 miles then left on Kechter Road and look for the Colorado Youth Outdoors entrance.  The pavilion will be on your left.

Remember, no live bait, and catch and release only.  We'll be measuring each other's catch, and there will be two prizes - one for biggest bass, one for biggest fish that's not a bass.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Different location, rules for annual club tourney

Flatiron Reservoir is still low and pretty fishless because of construction, and the club will hold its annual tournament at Swift Ponds, north of Windsor, on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Details will be announced at the general meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20.  But here are a few highlights:
  • Catch and release only.  Our friends at Colorado Youth Outdoors would be really annoyed if we tried to hold a fish fry.
  • One pole at a time, using one set of hooks.
  • There are no trout in Swift Ponds, so we're dropping the "Biggest four-fish string" criteria.  We'll have only two prizes, one for biggest bass and another for biggest fish that's not a bass, so Norm can try to submit another 36-inch "walleye." There'll be two cash prizes, but only the angler with the biggest bass will have his or her name engraved on the traveling trophy as this year's grand prize winner.
Leland Carpenter, last year's champ, will be this year's cook for the post-tournament meal.  Pat Mikulak finished second last year and Richard Radies took the prize for smallest fish.  

Richard, left, Pat and Leland 

Pat Mikulak finished second with a 44.5 inch string of four.  Leland also caught the biggest fish of the day, while Richard Radies took the prize for smallest.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Click on this link to access photos taken during the Senior Derby.

The Loveland Fishing Club's annual Senior Derby creeps a bit bigger each year, drawing nearly a hundred elderly anglers to the Loveland River's Edge Natural Area.  Together with 98 preregistered guest, accompanying staff from area assisted living centers, and about 40 club members / fishing guides, we packed that park and terrorized the fish population.

"From just about any perspective, this was another great event for us," says Ray Park, event chair and a principal organizer since the event was launched in 2011.  It was a bit warm for mid September, but not uncomfortable for our guests, though John Grady didn't draw the usual crowd to his river's edge campfire.
Ramona and her 13 1/2 inch largemouth
95-year-old Gerald Ravenscroft

Big fish of the day winner Lloyd Mobley, with Karol Stroschein

Best fishing hat of the derby, great on a sunny day.

We're not sure who was our youngest guest - but Herdis Berquist of Brookdale North won the medal and prize for oldest lady angler at 107 years.  And Gerald Ravenscroft of Brookdale Mariana Butte was declared oldest male angler at 95.  Lloyd Mobley won for biggest fish, a 15-inch largemouth. Smallest fish of the day was hauled in by Matthew Korbe, and it was one of 13 fish he caught in Bass Pond.

Thanks Ray and Warren Wolf for ramrodding this great event, and to all club members who served as fishing guides, handled registrations, escorted guests, cooked and served and in general made this another example of the great things we do as a club.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reminder, Harvest Bazaar volunteers needed Sat., Sept. 23

One of the club's responsibilities is to help with the annual Harvest Bazaar, planned for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions; please sign up at the Chilson Center or at the club breakfast Friday.  See Karol Stroschein for more information.

Meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost of $5 in advance, $6 at the door.

What a way to help the kids

Emmet Jones, Dave Boyle and Dan Barker helped mentor youngsters fishing at Swift Ponds this weekend, and Emmet decided to try the fishing himself afterwards, and landed the fat largemouth at left.  CYO holds events like this for youngsters throughout the year.  For more information contact Dave or visit their website, http://www.coloradoyo.org/

Friday, September 8, 2017

Senior Derby set for Wednesday, Sept. 13 at River’s Edge

Your help is needed to make this annual event a success.  Just show up before 9 a.m. Wednesday and we'll find you something fun and rewarding to do.  

For the first time, The Loveland Fishing Club’s annual Senior Derby will be held at Loveland’s River’s Edge Natural Area.  More than 160 residents of the city’s assisted living centers and other seniors signed up through Chilson Senior Center are expected to attend, an all-time high for an event held annually since 2011. 

The derby will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 on ponds at River’s Edge, at  960 West 1st St, with fishing followed by a cookout.  Club members will serve as guides for participating anglers, provide a campfire and offer prizes for participants. Other seniors are welcome to attend the free event, but only pre-registered guests will be eligible to compete.  The fishing derby has previously been held at Flatiron Reservoir. 

“Flatiron is not available to us this year due to dam repairs,” says the event founder and organizer, Ray Park.  “The City of Loveland has really stepped up to allow this special day to continue. 

Because of the shift to River’s Edge, the club is incurring additional expense this year for things like port-a-potties and carts to help guests get around the natural area, but all expenses will continue to be absorbed by the club, due in part to grants from the IBM Corporation.

As in year's past, this is one of the club's premier volunteer activities, and all members are encouraged to show up and help.  

The club is covering all expenses associated with the event, including poles, bait and tackle.  There will be a prize drawing for all guests, and prizes for the biggest and smallest fish brought in, oldest female and oldest male anglers, and “craziest fishing hat.”  

Following are the senior facilities scheduled to participate in this year’s derby:  
·                  Brookdale-Fort Collins
·                  Brookdale-Marianna
·                  Brookdale-North
·                  Chilson Senior Center
·                  Courtyards of Loveland
·                  Good Samaritan Loveland
·                  Harvest Pointe
·                  Hillcrest
·                  Lakeview Commons
·                  Memory Care at Seven Lakes
·                  Mirasol Senior Living Community
·                  Park Regency-Loveland
·                  Sugar Valley Estates
·                  The Wexford

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Who's up for Alaska?

Jim Roode and Bill Prater, for two.  We're plotting a possible fly fishing adventure in the 49th state in summer 2017, and looking for comrades.  One strong possibility is a week-long float trip in August or early September.  We'd float down a river near Dillingham, near Bristol Bay west of Anchorage, traveling aboard 14-foot rubber rafts and camping along the way.  Two well-recommended guides would take up to four people in search of coho, silver and pink salmon, along with rainbows, grayling and Dolly Varden.  Here's a link to their website:  http://adventuresontheflyalaska.com

For more information, contact me or Jim.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sept board meeting moved to Tuesday, Sept. 5

Because of the Labor Day holiday, the September board meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Chilson Center.

All club members are welcome.  Some more than others, of course.  😜

Friday, August 25, 2017

Volunteers needed at Chilson's Sept. 23 Havest Bazaar

One of the club's responsibilities is to help with the annual Harvest Bazaar, planned for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions; please sign up at the Chilson Center.

Meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost of $5 in advance, $6 at the door.

Friday, August 18, 2017

So we were talking at breakfast ...

Club Members, there is a quiet but growing movement toward a legendary fishing trip to Alaska, by plane or by truck.  To date the discussion has been limited to a pair of the club's most renowned, seasoned fishermen - okay, me and Jim Roode - stout-hearted anglers with many, many rods and reels but absolutely zero experience in the Alaskan backwoods.  

So we're not exactly sure when, where or how we should do this, or whether grizzlies are as gnarly as their reputations.  But before we tell our wives about this great planned addition to our Bucket Lists, it seems prudent to plan this out with a sizeable pack of eager cohorts, at least some of whom we can outrun.

So, who's with us, gang?  If you've ever thought about this kind of venture, or done it and have wisdom or remorse to share, let us hear from you.  

  • Ever taken the Alaskan Highway?  
  • Rented a vehicle from someone who'll let you take it into the Alaskan back country?  
  • Figured out a way to get a bear-size handgun through Canadian Customs?  
  • Know where we can hook a 6-pound brookie or 60-pound King?  
  • Can I get by with my trusty five-weight?  
    I COULD be wrong, but I think
     this fish went for a Green Pumpkin Ned Rig...
  • Better yet, want to join us?  

Drop us a note by clicking here or catch me or Jim at breakfast or by phone.  We could still be talking about this over breakfast, long after memories of the Great Glen Elder fiasco have faded away... 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 club picnic

Another year, another successful club picnic.  This year's event at Loveland's Railroad Park draw nearly a hundred picnickers, lured by steaks, chicken and each other's cooking.  To see other photos from the annual confab, click here:  2017 LFC Picnic

Comparing aches and pains.  Past President Norm Engelbrecht, recovering from recent surgeries, compares notes with Club Treasurer Barb Ding, whose back went out on her during last week's Ranger Lakes campout.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A little rain, a lot of fish, what's to complain about?

Fred and Keith tend the steaks
under the umbrella
 One annual tradition of the annual Ranger Lake campout is a serious downpour or two, and we pretty much followed that tradition every day of this year's trip, and added a little hail just before the Wednesday steak cookout.  Still, the crew got out every morning, and a great time was had by all. Can't wait until next year.

Good thing we brought grills. Photos by Jean Clune

Right after the hailstorm, back to the business of dinner.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Parks and Wildlife causus is Wednesday in Fort Collins

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the Northeast Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable Regional Caucus Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Council Tree Library (2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for northeast region hunters and anglers to meet with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff, as well as the region’s delegates to the statewide Roundtable, Steve Hilde, Kent Ingram and Ryan Urie. In addition, the following topics will be discussed:

--Next steps for the financial sustainability of the agency

--Lonetree Reservoir lease

--Status of recreational shooting ​on ​National Forest lands

--Hot topics from the Commission meetings

--Issues of concern brought by the attending sportsmen and women

“We are facing some challenges with regard to funding the agency into the future,” said Mark Leslie, northeast region manager for CPW. “The Front Range is growing and we would like our sportsmen and sportswomen to work with us to ensure the future of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in our region.”

WHAT: Northeast Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins

For more information on the Sportsmen’s Roundtable, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Roundtable.aspx

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A new way to honor club members in memorium

In honor of deceased club members, the Loveland Fishing Club has entered into a partnership with Colorado Youth Outdoors to help fund outdoor recreational activities that strengthen the relationship between youngsters and their families.

Unless earmarked for other projects by family members, In Memoriam funds donated to the club will now go into a special CYO Loveland Fishing Club Members fund that will be used to help with the nonprofit's work at Swift Ponds outdoor education and recreational facility northwest of Windsor.

The first donation of $300 was made in memory of Dave O. Harem, 81, the club's first treasurer and one of the club's most active volunteers with the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby, the Fishing Club Senior Derby and other projects.  The money was given to the club by family and friends in lieu of flowers after his death in February 2017.

"This is a very appropriate way to help us honor the memory of Dave and other club members who will inevitably be passing on sometime in the future," says President Fred Riehm.  A number of club members are active volunteers at Swift Ponds, and the club annually helps with CYO fund raisers and introduces young girls to fishing at their annual Girl Scouts Day Camp at Swift Ponds.  CYO also partners with the club in support of the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby. 

Further information on Colorado Youth Outdoors can be found on their website, http://www.coloradoyo.org/about/our-story-and-legacy/

The Loveland Fishing Club is a nonprofit affiliated with the Chilson Senior Center, and we also contribute to numerous through our fund managed by the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation.  If you're interested in an In Memoriam donation to CYO's Loveland Fishing Club Members Fund, contact club treasurer Barb Ding. 
A stone recognizing the club's partnership with CYO has been installed in the courtyard of the organization's education building.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dave finds California fishing to his liking

Dave Boyle, right, enjoys day of fishing San Diego Bay with Sheila Miller's brother.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New owners of Lonetree lake rights says they'll keep boating and fishing open

How's this for unexpected good news:  Pamela Johnson of the Reporter Herald reports Lonetree will remain open for public fishing after the state's lease expires.  Here's a link to the article:


Tuesday, Berthoud Heritage Metropolitan District, which won the new lease, announced that they will not only continue to allow fishing and boating but have plans to improve the reservoir. Details of that access and any planned improvements have not yet been released, the district reported in a press release.

Monday, July 3, 2017

You may want to comment on Loveland's master plan for the Big Thompson River Corridor

The city is creatiing a master plan for a 9-mile section of the river as it runs through the city.  If you want to add your thoughts to the discussion, you can take an online survey between now and midnight July 16.  Here's the link.

Our government liaison is Jim Roode, who can be reached by clicking here.

As Walt Graal noted in a posting on the club Facebook page;  "Wonder if anyone thinks it might be useful to suggest that they put some focus on improving the fish quality in the river via flow considerations, habitat improvement, and perhaps some more restrictive regulations on trout? Ketchup, Idaho and Pueblo are two quick examples of what can be done - both attract anglers to the cities and have a positive impact upon city coffers."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Girl Scouts at Swift Ponds

This year's annual Girl Scout fishing days at Swift Ponds are off to a great start.  About 120 young anglers enjoyed a great day of fishing Tuesday, with plenty of volunteers and plenty of fish to hold their attention.  A second day is set for Tuesday, June 20, beginning at 9 a.m.  Please join us.

This kid ought to be in our club. Most of the girls had good luck; this one had good skills.  With Tom Miller and a Girl Scout leader, showing off the three nice-sized largemouths she landed at Swift Ponds.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Horsetooth smallmouth

Okay, so 15 seconds after Walt release this big girl I remembered to ask, "So, you want to measure her?"  Great day on the lake anyway.  Forget your darned walleyes.  Smallmouth fishing is hot.  

Photo by Bill Prater

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FishFest set for 8 a.m. to noon June 25 at Horsetooth

This from Chad LaChance, Fishful Thinker:

Hi Bill...thanks for reaching out! Please do let the Loveland Fishing Club know of FishFest and we hope a bunch of you show up! It is a charity event so we're hoping to sell all 200 lunches and a bunch of raffle tix with all proceeds going to Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County. There will be angler education in sonar/gps, knot tying, casting (fly and conv), and more. We ask folks to preregister if possible so we can keep a head count for event sponsors. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fishful-thinkers-fishfest-2017-registration-34986001071?aff=eac2Thanks again! CL

Sunday, June 11, 2017

FishFest 17 planned June 25 at Horsetooth

This sounds like fun.  Anyone interested?  Chad LaChance and the rest of the Fishful Thinker crew are planning a "FishFest '17" on Sunday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the South Bay Pavilion at Horsetooth.  It's planned as a good event for kids, so bring along your grandkids if you've got them (or great-grandkids for you really old coots).  You need to register, and there's a maximum of 200 attendees.  More information can be found here

Planning session on Senior Derby set for Sept. 13

From Ray Park:  The time is upon us to discuss the upcoming Senior Fishing Derby. Because we have had to change our location this year to River's Edge Natural Area, we have made many changes in our program. These changes need to be discussed as to how they might affect your group. By now you most likely have known the Derby will be September 13, starting at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM .

We will have a meeting at the Chilson Center on June 27, starting at 1:30 in the Party Room which is by the pool. We will have time to discuss all questions that might be out there concerning these changes. This will be open to all members that might wish to voice ideas 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Memorial open house Saturday for club member Ron Halverson

A memorial open house in Ron's honor will be held at the Berthoud Community Center at 248 Welch Ave in Berthoud, CO on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Please go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for on-line condolences. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Sheet Metal Worker's Family Assistance Fund at P.O. Box 27910 Denver, CO 80227, Fisher House at 111 Rockville Pike #420 Rockville, MD 20850 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Club leading family fishing clinic at Boyd

The following news release was published Sunday in the Loveland Reporter Herald.  Tom Miller, Dennis Kelsey and Bill Prater will again be leading the clinic.  If you'd like to help, just be at the Heinricy outlet parking lot area about 8:30 a.m.

Join a park naturalist and the Loveland Fishing Club for a Family Fishing Clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at Boyd Lake State Park, in the south Heinricy parking lot.

Learn about Colorado fish and how to make a catch.  Loaner poles and gear will be available with reservation.  Live bait, hoos and bobbers will be provided.

Ages 16-plus are required to have a fishing license.  Register early as the free clinic is limited to 20 people.
For details, call 669-1739

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another Great Kids Fishing Derby

More than 400 young anglers and their families lined the banks of the North Lake Duck Pond Saturday, and put a pretty heavy dent in the trout population.

Prizes of fishing tackle boxes and spin cast rod and reels were awarded throughout the day for raffle winners, made possible through donations from Cabelas, Jax and Sportsmen's Warehouse.

The big winners for the day included the largest trout, a 14-inch rainbow caught by Keira Byl; the smallest was an 8 1/2 rainbow hauled in by Nika Green.  About 900 trout were stocked in the pond on Friday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the unlucky trout who fell to kids' fishing were cleaned and cooked for those kids by volunteers from Colorado Youth Outdoors.

The Loveland Fishing Club continued its heavy support of the annual event, managing the prize program, loaning poles and providing the anglers with bait.

To view and choose from photos taken during the event, click here.  To download, right click on a photo.
LFC Derby organizer Keith Gentry,
with big fish winner Keira Byle.
Nika Green shows of the smallest catch of the day...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Boyd finally filling; new inlet canal is toast

Water from Horseshoe Reservoir finally began flowing into the Boyd Marina inlet Sunday - and blasted a gaping hole in the new gizmo carrying water under the road into Boyd.

Water is now pouring into Boyd from the newly dug channel and the old one.  Anglers were already lined up on both sides of the inlet waiting for action Monday, but foul weather limited success.

Combat fishermen started lining the irrigation canal leading into Horseshoe at the junction of Monroe and 40th Street earlier last week.

Okay, seemed like a good idea... At the first sign of water from Horseshoe, the new inlet pond into Boyd parted like a remake of Moses and the Red Sea.  Photo by Bill Prater

Friday, May 19, 2017

Volunteers needed to help with fishing gear Wednesday, May 31

The Loveland Police Fishing Derby is right around the corner, June 3, and Jim Visger's needing help with the poles we loan out to tiny anglers.

We need about eight volunteers to help get loaner poles ready.  Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the club's storage shed in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife facility at Lon Hagler (fenced in building on the left as you drive toward the reservoir).

Contact Jim at visgermnj@aol.com; 970-800-3399.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hold this date: Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 3

The Loveland Police Fishing Derby is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at the North Lake Park Duck Pond, and we'll need every available club member to volunteer.  The club handles registration, fish measuring, tackle as needed, and hourly raffles for the kids, along with prizes for biggest and smallest trout.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little Dan and the Big Boyd Bass

Okay, while the rest of us stayed home Wednesday watching "Dancing with the Stars" reruns, Dan Barker was at Boyd Lake, subduing in this 20.5 inch, 5.4 pound largemouth.  That's well above the minimum  18 inches for a Colorado Master Angler award, and I'm assuming puts him in a solid early lead for Loveland Fishing Club Angler of the Year!  Not a bad day's work.

Photo by Kathleen Barker

Here's the latest on possible loss of Lonetree fishing

Reporter Pamela Johnson of the Loveland Reporter Herald says the lease agreement on recreational water rights is in limbo, but there may be a one-year extension to allow for further talks.

Here's a link to her article in today's Reporter Herald:

Boat Day Thursday cancelled

The forecast for Thursday is lousy, so we're reluctantly scrubbing the planned Boyd Lake Boat Day.  Dave Boyle will reschedule as weather permits.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Expanded boating hours start May 1 at Horsetooth, Carter

South Bay: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week
Inlet Bay: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week
Satanka: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week

North Ramp: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week
South Shore: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week
North Pines: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

For information about annual and daily entrance permits, boat inspections and reservoir conditions for fishing, visit www.larimer.org/naturalresources.

Boat Day is 8 a.m. Thursday, Boyd Lake

Meet near the boat launch.  

Here's the pairing for the day.  Organizer Dave Boyle says if you're not on the list but would like to join in, we should be able to work something out.  

        Boat                                            Passengers

Tom Miller                              Charlie Higgs, John Lewis
Dan Barker                              Kathleen Barker, Jim Roode
John Gwinnup                    Jim Visger, Leland Carpenter
Pat Mikolak                             John Grady
Fred Riehm                              Ray Petersberg
Norm Englebrech                 Jim Clune
Merl Boden                              Jim Anderson
George Mayes                    Richard Radies

Monday, April 10, 2017

More on aquatic nuisance inspections and lake closings

Copied this from our friends at FishExplorer.com, an e-mail from the state park ranger at Chatfield State Park.  This is all tied in somehow with the license increase legislation; still looks to be in limbo on exactly what lakes may be closed and when.  bill

I know this thread is a powder keg but I'm hoping to I can be of some help...

First off I want to clarify that I am a Parks Officer at Chatfield State Park and I am the one who oversees the ANS (aquatic nuisance species) program here at the park. I work with the people who head up the program statewide. 

Secondly yes there are some waters that are going to be closed to boating other than exempt (handlaunched/kayaks/etc.). Thankfully this number is as low as it is because back in January during our supervisors meeting there was only funding for 1) the Denver office with a near 70% budget cut meaning only enough to fund the lab and the program coordinators and a few seasonal employees. 2) Lake Pueblo State Park 3) Chatfield State Park 4) Cherry Creek State Park and 5) Boyd Lake State Park with significant budget cuts... (some county managed lakes were still funded by those counties aka horsetooth and carter).

There was an outcry from everyone there because we knew this would greatly limit the resources for our user base (including us because we still like to recreate too.) Thankfully our program coordinators are very passionate about what they do and have been able to secure funding for THIS season for all the great lakes and reservoirs that we enjoy. 

It's not a perfect system I'm aware and we are always attempting to improve our customer service while maintaining the remarkable negative for Quagga/Zebra mussel status we have. 

I understand there are people that think this is a broken system and I can see why they think that, but at the end of the day the people that own the water bodies (rarely CPW) have final say on what goes on there. Sadly this means if there was no inspection station at the water body than it would be closed to boating regardless due to the substantial financial risk that they would be undertaking.

Hopefully I was able to extend an olive branch and not throw dynamite to the fire, but if you feel the need to contact someone about this contact me and I will be able to forward you up the chain with some extra oompf. I promise to never ignore your emails, I may not get to them right away but I will eventually.

Ranger Green 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Another great trip

There we stood, six of the Loveland Fishing Club’s finest, angling for big trout in a legendary North Park lake under superb late March conditions:  a brutally cold 25 mph wind from the west, half the lake still capped by rotten ice, and giant snowbanks blocking 90 percent of the shoreline.  The fishing would pick up dramatically on day two, but by late Thursday I hadn’t landed a single fish.  Desperate measures seemed reasonable.

So when I climbed to the top of a steep, 35’ bluff and cast out beyond an inaccessible, snow-packed shoreline far below, I hadn’t really considered what would happen if something actually bit.  I quickly found that out when two seriously obese cutthroats headed straight for my little Gulp minnow, and the closest one took a bite!  In the clear, icy water we watched that fat fish fight for its freedom, going aerial, darting east and then west – the one direction that would eventually take her safely past the bluffs into muddy but fishable shallows where Jim Clune during all this had been minding his own business.

Eventually the cutthroat made its way all the way to shore, and to Jim, who'd gamely waded into the frigid water with a landing net and short leather boots. She made a last-second break for freedom as Jim lunged -- while I kept thinking about that scary heart attack of his a few years ago, not to mention that hip replacement surgery.  But it all ended well, in a kind of great muddy blur, with both the trout and Jim covered with ice and muck, followed by a quick Walt Graul photo and then release of an indignant but unharmed lunker (a chunky 18 1/2 inches if you cared to measure.)  
From left, a mud-covered Jim and the trout, held by a dry, clean Bill.  Photo by Walt Graul
This was just the kind of unforgettable, icy, “what are we doing here?” drama you hope for on outings with the Loveland Fishing Club.  It reminds me of a long-ago January ice fishing outing to Lake Grandby, where I grimly sat on a bucket next to the late Dave Harem, who pondered the 23-below zero temperatures and gale-force winds before telling me:  “Bill, I think the reason we do things like this is to show ourselves we still can.”

So, here's to another great fishing trip, with the kind of terrific companions who seem to improve with age.  Jim, thanks again for wrestling that fish.  And Jean, I hope he didn’t wear those boots into the house when he got back to Loveland.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delaney Ice Out Is ON! This Week!

Okay, the cool gang is headed for Delaney Buttes in search of legendary ice-out trout.
Several of us are heading up Thursday and it looks like Walt is heading up Wednesday and coming back Thursday.

If you're interested, we're lining up transportation and motel arrangements.  e-Mail Jim Roode.  We'll be staying at the North Park Inn.

The latest reports are the ice is receding at all three lakes, making the trout susceptible to shoreline fishing.  Wear your woolies.

North Delaney Buttes is Gold Medal water and fishing's pretty darned good at all three.  Special regulations apply.  Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sean Dunlavy, park manager at St. Vrain State Park and a ranger at Boyd for seven years prior to that, is looking for potential volunteers to provide information to the public on the importance of catch and release and flies and artificial lures only.

"I would like to try for a weekend or two in April and/or early May when a few volunteers could sit at a table near Bald Eagle Pond (with, or without, a ranger) and explain to the public why some ponds, and the public, benefit from Catch and Release and Flies and Lures Only," he says. (Bald Eagle is the state park's catch and release only pond managed for largemouth bass.)  

He's also looking to build more "partnerships" with organizations like ours, and is willing to help promote the club when circumstances permit.  He's also looking for help with cleanup days, fishing clinics and other future events.

Interested?  Call Sean at 303-522-4602.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pella Crossing to reopen April 14

Reconstruction of Pella Crossing on the south edge of Hygiene is almost complete. Boulder County is finishing fixing the breaches between the ponds, rebuilding the trails, and restoring the trailhead. The park will reopen on April 12 at 4 p.m. following a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Boulder County Commissioners and Parks and Open Space staff.  A guided hike follows the ceremony.  
One of the best warm water fisheries in Boulder County, Pella Crossing's five ponds were breached during the 2013 flood.  For more information click here:  http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/parks/pages/pellacrossing.aspx

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A quick update on 2017 boating

A few folks have already had their boats in the water, but high winds are mostly wiping out the advantages of unusually warm weather.

Your fishing license is good until April 1, and you can buy a new one online at this link.

Boyd Lake is open for the season, with boat ramps open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It appears there won't be any new fees assessed for invasive species inspection in Colorado, but that probably won't be the case for long.  If you take your boat to Wyoming and now Nebraska, an annual one-time fee is assessed.

Horsetooth and Carter open April 1.  Here's the inspection and launch schedule.  Remember, at these lakes you can only launch during these hours, but you can remain on the lake after hours.

Good luck, and wear your darned life preserver.

Horsetooth Reservoir Boat Ramp Hours
Starting April 1, 2017
South Bay ramp:7 AM – 7 PM, 7 days a week
Inlet Bay ramp:7 AM – 7 PM, 7 days a week
Satanka ramp:8 AM – 4 PM, Friday - Sunday

Carter Lake Boat Ramp Hours

Starting April 1, 2017
North ramp:7 AM – 7 PM, 7 days a week
South Shore ramp:CLOSED
North Pines ramp:CLOSED