Monday, July 29, 2019

Dixon Reservoir below Horsetooth 19 July 2019

Not many fish were caught but the ones that were caught were nice and fat.
Dixon Reservoir Photo by Rick Golz

Pumpkinseed for Bill. Photo Rick Golz

Bluegill for Rick. Photo Bill Prater

Walking to a good spot. East side of Dixon Reservoir. Photo Rick Golz

Saturday, July 27, 2019

River's Edge

Photo by Bill Prater
Jim Clune displays a fat crappie yanked from one of the River's Edge ponds Friday. Fishing wasn't great, but not bad either, as a steady stream of decent, hand-size bluegills came to the net.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Not one Master Angler award, but two!

Wayne Baranczyk had a great day on Boyd Lake fishing with Dave Boyle during Boat Day, earning a couple Master Angler awards from Colorado Parks and Wildlife:  one for a 30-inch blue catfish, the other for an 18-inch largemouth.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Harvest Festival Saturday at hilson

Whether you’re volunteering or just ready for a good meal, don’t forget the harvest fest Saturday, Sept. 24.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Windsor Lake closed due to suspected blue-green algae outbreak

The Town of Windsor has closed the reservoir to "town-provided recreational activities" due to what it called "an abundance of caution" about a suspected presence of blue-green algae. Fishing is still permitted, but they recommend catch and release.

The Town of Timnath, a few miles to the north, issued a similar warning about its lake Friday, but it's not open to the public outside of town residents.

No reports of similar problems at other area lakes and ponds, but an outbreak is pretty likely. If you see a problem, let the rest of us know with a note to Bill.

The stuff is not a true algae but a form of bacteria. Humans can suffer sore throat, headache, skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nausea and stomach cramps. The stuff's not rare in Colorado; it's generally caused by extended hot weather, which we've had plenty of, and nitrogen runoff from fertilizer.

At minimum, you probably want to wear waders if you go in the water, and keep your dogs away from ponds around here.

What the Town of Windsor has done is stop boat rentals and closed its dog park. Other access is at your own risk.

Fish Explorer website had a Forum posting on July 16 that noted "a strong algae bloom has clouded the water for very low visibility."

To see the complete Windsor town website posting, click here.

This stuff is annoying, but not uncommon in Colorado waters during summer months, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Hard to miss: may look like thick pea soup or spilled paint, can create a thick mat along shorelines, sometimes made up of blobs of slime floating at or just below the water's surface.

Ranger Lakes - North Michigan Reservoir Trip coming up

As a reminder, the Ranger Lakes - North Michigan trip is only about a week away, July 29-Aug 2.

Reservations may no longer be available at the campsites but there may be places to stay along the way to Walden, in Walden, or even in Poudre Canyon.
A few of us are planning on one day trips to go there and fish with the groups that are camping so even if you aren't staying for a few days come on up and join in the fun. It's about 1.5 hours drive time from where you turn off of Hwy 287 to go up Poudre Canyon depending on whether you make stops to fish on the way or just stretch your legs along the river or make a pit stop at the Moose Visitors Center.

Ranger Lakes and North Michigan Reservoir are both Colorado State Parks and require either an Annual or Daily Pass. No water craft on Ranger Lakes, shore fishing only but boats are allowed on North Michigan Reservoir.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Boyd Lake State Park: Lake Appreciation Day 2019 Saturday, July 20: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, July 20: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Boyd Lake State Park is proud to announce its sixth annual "Lake Appreciation Day" to be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event is held annually to celebrate the importance of Boyd Lake to the community for recreation, drinking water, irrigation, and wildlife habitat, and to increase public awareness of the importance of water safety. We are pleased to partner with some local organizations, as well as CPW/ park staf that will provide a unique experience to Park visitors. Some of the activities include: • Colorado Boating Safety awareness and safety tips and kid's activities including t-shirt coloring, • Loveland Dive Rescue personnel & truck and boat on display; • Fishing Clinic; • Scheel's sporting good store exhibit; • Lake Appreciation Day giveaways; • Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Q & A booth- learn about mussels and plants; • Try out your skills on free trial of a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) provided by Mountain Rentals Inc., a concessionaire located at the Swim Beach building!
PLEASE NOTE: Event is free, however, ALL motor vehicles must have a park pass to enter the park. A Daily Park Pass is $9.00 and annual park passes are $80. We accept cash, check, Visa/MC/Disc.
Audience: All Ages
Swim Beach area
Boyd Lake State Park, 3720 N. CR 11C, Loveland, CO 80538
Boyd Lake

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The bad news was, Linda Prater went back for more eye surgery Thursday morning (minor stuff, honest; went well).

The good news was, that left Bill a couple hours to neglect his spouse of 50 years in order to fish Hygiene's Pella Crossing in 96-degree heat. Looking for bluegill, and using a black marabou jig 4 inches under a chartreuse bobber, the devoted lad hooked and released a very surprised 34-inch channel cat.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Are there fish biting in Dixon? Find out Friday

Bring your pole and some worms to breakfast, the club’s cleverest anglers are headed to Dixon Lake Friday. Haven’t been there since the big drawdown three years ago, so the fish should be gullible.

The plan is to head for the Fort Collins lake right after a satisfying meal, and bail around noon when temperatures start to get annoying. The lake is at the base of the first Horsetooth dam on the southeast end, just south of the site of the old CSU football stadium. Questions? contact Bill or see Charlie at breakfast.

Next Boat Day is 14 August at Boyd Lake

Howdy, our next Boat Day is Wednesday 14 Aug at Boyd Lake.

If you would like to participate by sharing a boat, riding on someone else's boat or just want to attend lunch with the group and socialize after they off of the water. Sign up sheets will be available at Friday breakfasts or you can get in touch with Rick P.

The typical schedule is 8am to noon but some may want to start earlier. Starting times and meeting places are determined by the boat owner and anyone that rides with that owner. Friday breakfast is a good time and place to work that out.

It would really be great if a couple volunteers who aren't going to fish would help with a lunch and drinks for all that attend. Food and drink items will be reimbursed by the club. The plan is to be off the water by noon so we can all meet together and share some food and swap fishing stories.

If we don't have volunteers for lunch then the group of boaters that have signed up will decide how we want to do lunch. It's hard to fish and also be responsible to do a BBQ or prepare lunch for the group.

I'll be sending an email to those that have signed up a week before the event so we know who's going and how many of us will be there.


Photos of Girl Scouts at Swift Ponds 16 July 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Services Friday for Moe Yauk

Morris “Moe” Yauk, 73, of Loveland, passed away on July 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.  He was the loving husband of 23 years to Arlene (Hardy) Yauk. Born in Goessel, Kansas, he was the son of the late Clinton Yauk and Martha (Helmer) Yauk.

Moe was an active member of the Loveland Fishing Club for several years, a good angler and good friend. 

A Memorial Service will be held in honor of Moe on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 Wilson Avenue, Loveland, Colorado, 80538. Luncheon to follow.  

Memorial donations in memory of Moe can be made to either The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation ( or King of Glory Lutheran Church (

Moe is survived by his wife Arlene; three children Shannon Love of Denver (Keith), Adam Yauk of Denver (Stacy) and Meghan Gosk of Seattle (Canaan); two step children Sara Case of Loveland (Bill) and Angie Schaefer of Aurora (James); sister Phyllis Elston of Wichita (Don); and nine grandchildren Clyde and Keenan Love, Annie Yauk, Ascher Meunier and Cohen Gosk, Emma and Ryan Case, and Jay and Camryn Schaefer.

For a complete obituary, go click here.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Nice catch for Wayne out on Boyd last Wednesday

For all you flyfishing guys from tubes etc..

Catch of the week from CPW 12 July report. Zach with a healthy Brown Trout caught on a recent trip to Antero Reservoir using a size 16 callibaetis nymph!

Monday, July 8, 2019

A few Photos from Girl Scout Event at Lon Hagler 08 July 2019

All went well at the event today. We had lots of sunshine, a few welcomed breezes and good company. We had to close up shop right before the last of six groups of girls got to fish because of threatening weather that moved in.
The biggest fish of the day was a carp that looked to be about 14". He got off the hook but not before we caught a picture of it for evidence.

Seems like Norm always draws a crowd!

Updated Fort Collins Girl Scouts Fishing Events at Swift Ponds

OK, Save these dates to your calendar. These are the final dates for the Fort Collins Girl Scouts fishing event that we need volunteers for. Contact Jim Visger to volunteer.

Fort Collins Girl Scout Day events at Swift Ponds, Tuesday July 16, 2019, 9:00 AM – Noon. Fortunately, this time frame leaves plenty of time to attend our monthly meeting on July 16th.

Fort Collins Girl Scout Day events at Swift Ponds, Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:00 AM – Noon.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Lon Hagler fishing with Scouts is Monday

Reminder, Fishing with Loveland Girl Scouts will be 8:30 a.m. Monday, July near the boat ramps at Lon Hagler. If you can make it, we can use the volunteer help.

Fishing with Fort Collins area Girl Scouts will be at 8:30 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23 and 24, at Swift Ponds north of Windsor.

Smallies at Horsetooth.


Charlie, Bob, and Rick Golz found a new spot on Horsetooth to go fishing. Rick says that it's an easy spot for Bob and Charlie to get to and sit in chairs. Sounds good to me!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Girl Scout fishing volunteers needed

One of our annual traditions is taking Loveland and Fort Collins area Girl Scouts fishing, at two events in July.  We'll be working with about 80 girls each day, so many volunteers are needed.

If you can help, please sign up for the days you can attend at Friday morning breakfast. 

The first for Loveland kids is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16 and 17, at Lon Hagler.

The second out is for Fort Collins scouts, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday July 23 and 24 at Swift Ponds.

We'll be using worm pieces as bait for the Lon Hagler fishing, and small jigs and plastics at Swift.

Questions? See Jim at breakfast or contact him by e-mail:

Monday, July 1, 2019

Silent Auction - A StrikeMaster gas auger has been donated by Keith Gentry for a silent auction. This auger has an 8" steel auger with a Honda 4 stroke motor (35cc Lite). The winner will receive the auger at our December monthly meeting.This auger looks like it was just taken out of the box.
To enter a bid see John Gwinnup or Norm Engelbrecht at a monthly meeting or a Friday breakfast.