Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mike Scheber has passed away

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Former Loveland Fishing Club member Mike Scheber, a good friend and club member, always looking for ways to volunteer on projects involving kids or seniors, has passed away at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Online condolences may be made by going to to this website:


Michael Allan Scheber, age 68, of Clarksville, TN passed away on Monday January 29, 2018 at his residence. 

He was born June 6, 1949 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Charles John Scheber Sr. and Dorothy Armbrust Scheber, Michael served his country in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 in the 4th Infantry in Vietnam. Following his time in the service he served as a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years with the Buckeye Valley Fire District in Arizona. He also worked for over 15 years as a truck driver with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 2009. 

While living in Colorado he was a member of the Loveland Fishing Club. He is survived by his wife Sharon Abbott Scheber of Clarksville; a son Jason Patrick Scheber of Ft. Collins, CO; a daughter Traci C. Scheber of Clarksville; a daughter and son in law Jennifer and Richard Adamowich of Clarksville. Michael is also survived by grandchildren Clinton Scheber; Halley Adamowich; Mathew Scheber; Ayden Adamowich; and Kayla Adamowich; as well as a great grandson Kiran Adamowich. 

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by an infant daughter Melissa; a brother Charles John Scheber Jr.; and a granddaughter Kennedy Adamowich. 

In keeping with Michael's wishes, there will be no public funeral services. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Gateway Funeral Home and Cremation Center 335 Franklin Street Clarksville, TN 37040. Phone 931-919-2600. Online condolences may be made by going to

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tell your state senator and representative to pass the hunting and fishing bill

Colorado has gone 13 years in without increasing spending on hunting and fishing. See the article below on introduction of  S.B. 18-143, the "Hunting, Fishing and Parks for Future Generations Act" in the Colorado Senate.  

The bill will be heard by the Senate Finance Committee, the folks who killed it last year.  

If you think it's time to change that, you might contact your state senator and representative on this one.  Loveland's elected officials are Senator Kevin Lundberg, kevin@kevinlundberg.comPhone: 303-866-4853; and Representative Hugh McKean, 303-866-2947.
If your residence is elsewhere, you can easily find your elected legislator at

License increase bill introduced in Colorado Senate

A bill termed the "Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act (Senate Bill 18-143) was introduced in the Colorado Senate on Jan. 29 in an effort to bring a long-term funding solution to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The bill is sponsored by two Republicans -- Sen. Don Coram of Montrose and Rep. Jim Wilson of Salida, and two Democrats -- Sen. Stephen Fenberg of Boulder and Rep. Jeni Arndt of Fort Collins. Introduction of the bill follows roughly three-years of public meetings with legislators and outdoor enthusiasts to gather feedback on the agency’s financial challenges and the future of Colorado’s outdoor recreation opportunities, state parks and wildlife.  The last badly needed effort died in the Senate Finance Committee last year.  Among other things, the bill would end the free fishing license for seniors - the fee would be $8 a year, and set a similar fee for 16- and 17-year-olds.  The last fee increase came in 2005, while inflation has increased nearly 30 percent.
The Alamosa News has an article on the bill introduction.  Click here:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bad idea: dropping “comments” again

Well, we tried. When we started this blog several years ago, we included the ability for readers to comment on posted articles, a way to let members voice their opinions. Stopped it when the only comments we got were from trolls and spammers. Tried it again last week when Google introduced some new spam controls. Still getting comments only from bozos apparently attracted by some kind of financial or erotic plan. So, dropping comments again.  If you want to communicate with club members, use our private facebook account. If you’re not signed up, send a request to Jim Roode.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Really cool jig fishing tip

Okay gang, I am sharing a link to one of my favorite YouTube videos, from Richard Gene, the Fishing Machine, a crazy old Southerner who really knows how to fish and is a kick to listen to. I just tried his suggestion for keeping soft plastic crappie jigs to stop slipping off jig heads, using dental floss.  I used some 1/32 oz. minnow heads and trout magnets, but don't see why it wouldn't work just as well for a larger swimbait or a grub. What he does is wrap dental floss a couple times around the shank of the hook and ties it off with a granny knot before super gluing it to the jig.  (It's easier if you use a fly tying vice, and for me the best kind of super glue to use is been Loctite Gel. Doesn't get all over your hands as badly) The floss lets the glue really set up tight against the hook, so it doesn't slide up and down.  I've tied up half a dozen in different colors, and plan to tie up a bunch in advance before spring, so I can kick your butts on the water.

If you're using a Ned rig, I don't think the dental floss trick is necessary.  I started super gluing those too, last summer, but with the flat bottom of the jig head you can get a good tight bond with Z-Man plastics without going to the trouble of using the floss.

Anyway, here's the link.  Let me know what you think.  (By the way, you can comment on this blog now; I'll see if we can do it without attracting too many spammers the way we did in creating the blog a few years ago.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Angler of the year

Yes, Dan Barker caught the biggest bass of 2017.  Okay, and the biggest walleye of 2017.  And because of that, he was the Loveland Fishing Club Angler of the Year.  I'm not one to brag about another angler, but even I will concede this old boy should have been our Angler of the Year even if he'd only caught carp, like Norm.  Never seen another fisherman so delighted when someone else caught a fish, or actually worked any harder to help them do it.  I for one won't be overly annoyed even if he wins the danged tournament again in 2018.  But it really is time for someone outside the Barker household to win this thing again.  So start recording your catch, from now through year-end, in line with the criteria in the article below, Angler of the Year Winners, and 2018 rules...

UPDATED 2018 meeting times and resources

Here's an updated list of club officers and other club volunteers for 2018.  Beginning in February, the board will meet at 9 a.m. on the Monday prior to the general meeting.

Alan Jones is our new liaison with Volunteers of America, succeeding John Grady keeping track of our volunteer hours.  John Gwinnup is new Raffle Chair in place of Dan Barker and our new vice president, Jim Visger, will continue as Inventory lead keeping track of club assets.

We're needing someone to serve as 2018 Activities chair, coordinating club trips. If you're interested, please contact Dave Johnson.

  • Chilson Center, Loveland, 2 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Board meetings 9 a.m. on Monday before each general meeting
  • Fishing trips: See calendar
  • Friday breakfast, 7 a.m. Fridays, Perkins Restaurant
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2018 Club Officers and other contacts:
President, Dave Johnson
Vice President, Jim Visger
Immediate Past President Fred Riehm
Treasurer, Barbra Ding
Secretary, Christine Weiss
Government Affairs chairperson, Jim Roode
Member at large, Norm Englebrecht
Friends of the Big Thompson, Walt Graul
Activities chair, OPEN
Program chair, Dave Boyle
Kids Fishing Derby chair, Keith Gentry
Senior Derby Chair, Ray Park, Warren Wolf
Advertising/public relations, Tom Miller
Historian, Skip Kral
Banner Keeper, Dennis Kelsey
Raffle Chair, John Gwinnup
Publicity, Bill Prater
Volunteers of America, Alan Jones
Webmaster, Editor, Bill Prater
Inventory, Jim Visger

Contact: Bill Prater,

Friday, January 19, 2018

Angler of the Year winners - and rules for 2018 competition

Dan Barker was declared the club's "2017 Angler of the Year," after logging not one but two Colorado Master Angler-class fish, according to tournament chair Jim Roode.

Dave Boyle placed second in the year-long competition, judged by a fish's percentage of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Master Angler criteria for the various species.  He tallied a 17 1/2-inch smallmouth and a 17 1/2-inch white bass.  Norm Engelbrecht earned third place with a magnificent 30-inch carp, 100 percent of Master Angler qualification for that noble species.

Barker turned in a 27 1/4-inch walleye (104 percent of Master Angler minimum size) and a huge
20 3/4-inch largemouth, 115 percent of Master Angler minimum.

Rules for the competition

This is a year-long tournament that runs January 1 through Dec. 31. First, second and third-place pins, patches or plaques will be awarded at the 2019 annual banquet, and Angler of the Year's name will be added to a permanent plaque. Jan 1 to Dec 31.1st, 2nd and 3rd place pins and/or patches or Plaques will be awarded at the annual banquet in January. Winners name will be placed on a permanent Plaque.
  • Eligible Fish - Any fish caught in the state of Colorado that is listed on the Colorado Master Anglers List.
  • Winner is the fish which is the largest percentage of a Colorado Master Anglers fish.
  • All Colorado Fishing regulations apply. Snagging not allowed except if the fish was 
  • accidently snagged in the course normal angling using commonly acccepted angling procedures and equipment.
  • Entries must be submitted to the record keeper (currently Jim Roode) in writing within 30 days of the catch.
  • Entries require picture or witness verification.Fish caught on a Professional Guided trip do not qualify.
  • Entries will be allotted time at Monthly Meeting to discuss their catch.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet in January.

Dave Johnson assumes presidency; Jim Visger is our new VP

By unanimous vote Friday night, Jim Visger was named the Loveland Fishing Club vice president.  Under club by-laws he assumes in presidency in one year.

Dave Johnson, 2017 vice president, succeeds Fred Riehm as president.
(note corrected spelling) 
Christina Weiss was elected club secretary, succeeding Kathy Barker.

Barbara Ding was elected treasurer for a fifth term, and Norm Englebrecht was elected to a second term as the club's member-at-large, a position that makes him a voting member of the board responsible for providing the board with input from club members.

Dan Barker concluded a year of service as club raffle chair; John Gwinnup takes over that position.

Dave, in brief remarks at the annual meeting at Chilson Center, pledged to be open to all suggestions on "anything that would make the club better.  We can't guarantee we'll adopt an idea, but I guarantee the board will talk about it and tell you what we decided and why."

Fred was recognized by members with rousing applause.  He noted that future board meetings, open to all members, will be moved beginning in March to 9 a.m. on the Monday before general club meetings.  Those meetings are generally held at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, at Chilson

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Acquatic nuisance inspection fee legislation has been introduced

No real surprise here; a bill has been introduced in the Colorado legislature to impose a $25 annual fee on all boat owners to pay for acquatic nuisance inspections, $50 for out-of-state.  Here's a link to the bill:  There's a hearing set on the issue for Monday Jan. 22 at 1:30 pm at HCR 0107.  If you've got an opinion on this, share with your state representative.

Not sure why they can justify a $50 fee for out-of-state boaters; surely they're going to be using our lakes less than residents, and doing this is almost certain to get a hefty charge for out-of-state inspections in neighboring states. 

I've seen nothing yet about a more pressing issue:  the need to increase license fees for fishing to stop further deterioration in our fishing opportunities.