Friday, March 16, 2018

Jumbo now open to boating

Colorado Parks and Wildlife began boat inspections at Jumbo Reservoir today, March 16. The boat inspection station will be operating from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset daily. Inspections are mandatory prior to entering the reservoir. Boating is only permitted during inspection hours and all boats must be off the water prior to the inspection station closing. 

The club has an outing planned at Jumbo May 16-18.

In a news release,  Robert Walters, Invasive Species Specialist for Parks and Wildlife, said:  “With Jumbo’s proximity to out-of-state waters, it is considered a high risk for introduction of aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels. Through our mandatory inspection and decontamination program and with the continued support of the reservoirs users, we have successfully kept these invasive species out of Jumbo’s waters.”
Based on 2017 fall sampling, anglers can expect a good walleye bite as soon as the boat ramp opens. For more information about the fishery at Jumbo Reservoir anglers can visit the Fish Survey Summary on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Licence increase bill passes Senate

The bill to provide additional funding for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife has cleared the Senate by unanimous vote and is on its way to the House.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let's go to Carter after breakfast Friday!

Okay, some of you have been faithfully turning up at the northwest boat ramp after breakfast on Fridays, but I for one have been kinda remiss lately.

Supposed to be nice.  Let's talk about it Friday and then go to Carter around 8:30 or so for some fishing.

Just so you're aware, a photographer from the Fort Collins Coloradoan will be showing up to take a few pictures for an upcoming article the newspaper is doing. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Survey says...John Martin is looking good

Okay, club members, we have a John Martin trip set for late May, set up by our rapidly recovering leader Norm Engelbrecht.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists conducted a net and electrofishing survey of the big impoundment in 2017, and the report filed early this years notes that 2017 "was one of the better years on record for walleye/saugeye fishing at John Martin, with numerous catches of fish over 20 inches reported."

Here's what the report says about walleye and crappie, followed by a link to the full report.

Walleye/Saugeye : High water levels were sustained throughout 2017. This added habitat has helped the walleye/saugeye population to flourish. Stocking success of fryand fingerlings has increased numbers as the lake has expanded. 2017 was one of the better years on record for walleye/saugeye fishing at John Martin, with numerous catches of fish over 20” reported. With high water levels starting out the 2018 season, excellent fishing is expected to continue. Walleye style crank baits (wally diver, shad rap, etc.), jigs tipped with night crawler, minnow, or leach, or worm harnesses can be effective. Shore anglers often catch these fish with live bait, shad-imitating casting lures (rattletraps, kastmaster, etc.) or jigs.

Crappie: High water levels have benefitted crappie populations by allowing the spawning crappie to be successful in the past few years. Crappie numbers are up at John Martin, and anglers can expect better crappie fishing in 2018. Supplemental stocking of hatchery reared fish has also helped to bolster crappie numbers. Fishing success tends to really pick up during mid-spring, as water temps. reach the mid-50s (usually late April). The rocky dam, railroad trestle and north coves are good areas to try for these fish. Live minnow rigs or small jigs (twister or tube, 1/8 oz. or less) are good choices for crappie.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Norm in recovery at mckee

Norm Engelbrecht is in recovery at McKee Hpspital after suffering an apparent heart attack Wednesday.  His wife Gail reports Norm is doing well and should be discharged over the weekend.  Best wishes buddy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Dave Coulson's retiring as chief editor at Fish Explorer

Northern Colorado is home to legendary anglers – folks like Terry Wickstrom, Chad LaChance, Dan Barker, experts in just about every aspect of our sport.  But as far as someone willing to test just about every body of water in northern Colorado, and share what he'd learned, it’s pretty hard to find a match for Dave Coulson, recently retired and about to hit the road with his wife Sue as full-time RVer. 

Dave was one of the earliest editors of, and on that website and in Fort Collins Coloradoan columns he's shared useful information about nearly every warm body of water in northern Colorado that might hold a fish. 

The first I recall seeing his byline was in an amazingly candid 2008 report on Fish Explorer, Boyd Lake from a Fly Fisher’s Perspective.” Darned if he hadn’t flippered his way all around that jet ski-infested, 1,700- acre reservoir in a float tube.  After flailing away with that three-fly, fly rod rig of his, darned if he didn’t tell the rest of us what he’d learned about 14 best spots to fish, and recommended ways to fish them.   I still refer to that article from time to time, reminding myself that some other anglers sure are more forthcoming than me, and maybe even more obsessive.
The first time I actually met Dave was in spring about 2010 at the Marina Inlet of Boyd Lake .  He’d spotted my belly boat in the back of the Silverado, and told me to fish right in the middle of the inlet, where water flowing in from Horsetooth Reservoir was attracting gangs of marauding white bass.  He was spot on – I anchored that boat smack in the middle of the current, just beyond casting range of some frustrated shore anglers – and sadistically amused myself at their expense. 

The point is, I may not be as generous as Dave in telling you where and how to go fishing around here (hey, the man’s a saint), but I do promise to occasionally share what I’ve learned about life.  And in this instance, I’m telling you that the fishing life around here is going to be a little duller without Dave in the mix.  I still haven't followed his advice and gone after carp on a fly rod.  

He was never a member of the Loveland Fishing Club, which is our loss, but he was a member of Rocky Mountain Fly Casters, the Fort Collins chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Centennial Bass Club, and sat on the Larimer County Parks Advisory Board. 

Boyd opens to boating on Friday, March 9!

Looks like the dock has been pushed into the water and they're getting ready to go.  Haven't seen the hours yet, but there's got to be a fish in there someplace. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bass Pond habitat finale is 1:30 Thursday

The ice cap is gone from Bass Pond and we’ll be completing the Christmas tree fish habitat project at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Plan to join Ben Swigle of Colorado Parks and Recreation at the Rivers  Edge Natural Area pond.  Questions? Ask Tom Miller at breakfast.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Float tube party at Chilson

For anyone who’s wanted to try their hand (and feet) at float tube fishing, don’t miss the club’s outing at Chilson Pool from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The Great Float Tube Experiencence was organized by Tom Miller and Legendary bellyboater John Gwinnup will lead instruction.  We’ll have several styles of tube on hand.  Fishing is catch and release only; barbless hooks only.  Appropriate swim attire required.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dee and Pat are 2018 Activities co-chairs

If you'd like to suggest or coordinate a club outing in 2018, contact Dee and Pat Mikulak, Dee and Pat.  They ensure our planned outings don' overlap, and communicate trip plans to club members.