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:

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,

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. 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 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; 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

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, 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:

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

News for Newbies -- Fishing Club Facebook

New members, by now you've hopefully discovered 1. this blog and 2.  our website,  Our news usually comes on this blog or an e-mail and the website holds information that doesn't change to often (including a description of the club activities).
You'll see that you can't respond to articles posted on the blog or website; we had it set up that way originally, but got too much spam.  But there is also a Facebook page, where you can post information or ask questions.  It's a "Secret" page, meaning the only way you can access it is by being a member.  And you can only be a member if I or Jim Roode adds you to the roster.
I strongly suggest you sign up; just send a note to Jim at jimroode@yahoo.comAnother good thing to know:  you can sign up so that anything posted to this blog is sent to you by e-mail.  Look to the top right of this blog and find where it says Follow by Email.  and just enter your e-mail in the box.
You can also access the Club Calendar from the blog by clicking another link at the top right of the page,

Other questions?  Drop me a note .  Or better yet, post it on the Facebook page.  Bill

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Services were held Tuesday for Dave Harem, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 16.  Here are early arrivals from the group of more than two dozen club members who came to pay their respects.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Remember when Lou stepped out of Tom's boat and into the drink?

Okay, maybe he was not alone in keeping us amused.  Leland came across the following on YouTube:
YouTube fishing

Hands in their pockets, not on their poles ...

An indication the fish weren't biting at Carter last week.  Still, how often can you fish in open water in February around here without freezing our butts off?  It's rumored that Leland, seated at left, did pretty well.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

The first time I went fishing with Dave Harem, it was 23 degrees below zero when he and I and a dozen other club members dragged our sleds onto Lake Grandby for my very first experience fishing through the ice.  

The wind was howling as it’s supposed to in January in Grand County, and the fish were nowhere to be found, which sometimes happens in January in Grand County.  Dave was sitting on his overturned bucket facing me, and made an observation that I treasure:  “You know, Bill, I think we do things like this just to show ourselves we still can.” 

Dave taught me how dead stick in one hole while ice fishing, while jigging with the other; and he and Jim Roode taught me and others how to tie a fly, in a Chilson Center class.  Dang, he was a neat old dude, quiet in a group but a real talker one-on-one. And he was as tough as they come,

I remember the first time I saw him out fishing - out float tubing by himself – flipping his way through the weekend jet ski traffic on Boyd Lake.  And who can forget his legendary archery elk hunt a few years ago – when he could barely walk prior to his knee replacement surgery?  He somehow managed to get away from that enraged mother bear when he got between her and her cub, and come back home to tell us about it.  Like many in our club, including the second club member we lost last week, World War II veteran and teacher Bob Kuhn, he was one of a kind.  As Tom Miller says, “We’ve really got to enjoy our time together.  You never know when things will change.” 

Above are the club’s charter members who attended  the 2015 annual dinner:  left, Dave Harem, Norm Englebrecht, Lou Colton, Walt Graul, Dottie Bechtel, Jim Clune, George Kral, Bob Roelofsz, Skip Kral, Tom Miller and Bob Ray. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Club member Bob Kuhn dies at age 91

Robert "Bob" Kuhn, long-time club member and a veteran of World War II, died Saturday at age 91.
Memorial services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 East Mulberry, Fort Collins.  

Bob was born on February 17th, 1926 on the family farm to Eugene and Harriet Kuhn of Wangum Falls, Pa. He was the youngest of three children. He had a brother Denton Kuhn and a sister Jane Smith, both from Hawley, Pa. 

After graduating high school he was enlisted in the Army Infantry division. Stationed in Germany after the war he met Yolanda, his first wife and mother of his son. They married in August of 1947 and remained married for 57 years until the death of his wife Yolanda, in 2004. He resided outside of Philadelphia with his wife for many years. He attended night school to obtain his teaching degree where he became an industrial arts teacher. He taught industrial arts for 22 years until retirement upon which they moved to Washington State. 

In 2004, he and his wife moved to Loveland. After the passing of his wife Yolanda he met Alice Saldeen and was wed in 2005. After divorcing Alice he lived by himself until 2016 when he was placed into assisted living. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, outdoor activities and playing cards. He was a Boy Scout master for several years in Pa. and belonged to the Loveland Fishing Club. 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law who reside in Fleming, Co. and three grandchildren and one great grandson, all of Colorado. Please leave the family a condolence at
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Feb. 19, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

REPOSTING TO FIX VIEWING HOURS: Funeral services for Dave Harem will be Tuesday evening

Viewing for Dave will be at Viegut Funeral Home Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. with Rosary to follow.  Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish on Wedesday at 10 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to Mass, with reception to follow.  Cremation will follow services.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dave Harem has passed away

Dave Harem, one of the club's founding members and a former club treasurer, died Thursday at his home in Loveland.  He had been in ill health following surgery.

Dave is survived by his wife Mary and daughters.  Funeral services are pending.

He was a very good fisherman, and even better friend.

Dave shown here at a club meeting in November 2015 shares his knowledge
 of one of his favorite hobbies, ice fishing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fishing survey updates on area lakes

In our continuing drive to motivate anglers to look ahead to spring, it is good to note that the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife has just updated its fisheries surveys of lakes across the state, with several northern Front Range lakes updated in 2017.  This includes discussion of fishing prospects, 2016 stocking and results of gill net surveys conducted last summer and fall.  (For some reason there’s been no update of Horsetooth since 2013).  I’m including links below to survey information updates in 2017.

Among other things, the report indicates “walleye fishing at Boyd Lake should be excellent in 2017,” with gill net survey showing walley abundance in the lake at its second highest level since the late 1970s.  (2010 was better).  And Rivers Edge should continue to improve.

2017 Nebraska fishing forecast

Okay, ice is melting and the winds are howling, always a good time to read about fishing.  Nebraska Outdoors, ever on top of things, has just published its 2017 fishing forecast.  Among other things, they predict some of the best walleye fishing in the state will come from the Panhandle - particularly Minatare, Winter Creek and Box Butte.  Best white bass prospects:  Swanson, Harlan and McConaughy.  I'm organizing my gear this evening.  Here's a link to the report:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

North Park angling

Mine's bigger!  Mine's prettier!  Dave Boyle, left, compares his rainbow with Norm Englebrecht's during this week's club trip to North Park lakes.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 club officers installed

After a year as the club's Vice President, Fred Riehm succeeded Merle Boden as President during ceremonies at Friday's annual meeting.  Dave Johnson was unanimously voted in as vice president.
2017 Vice President Dave Johnson, left;
 and President Fred Riehm.

Fred Riehm, left, and Merle Boden.
Barbara Ding will continue as club treasurer and Kathleen Barker remain club secretary.  Merle becomes the club's sergeant at arms for 2017.

Norm Englebrecht is the club's member-at-large. Dee and Pat Mikulak will be Activities coordinators for 2017, overseeing club outings; while Dan Barker will be Raffle chair, aided by Norm.

President, Fred Riehm
Vice President, Dave Johnson
Immediate Past President  Merle Boden

Treasurer, Barbra Ding
Jim Roode presents Angler of the Year
award to Dave Boyle.

Secretary, Kathleen Barker
Government Affairs chairperson, Jim Roode
Member at large, Norm Englebrecht
Friends of the Big Thompson, Walt Graul

Activities chair, Dee and Pat Mikulak
Program chair, Dave Boyle
Kids Fishing Derby chair, Keith Gentry
Senior Derby Chair, Ray Park, Keith Gentry
Advertising/public relations, Tom Miller
Historian, Skip Kral
Banner Keeper, Dennis Kelsey

Raffle Chair, Dan Barker
Publicity, Bill Prater
Volunteers of America, John Grady

Webmaster, Editor, Bill Prater
Inventory, Jim Visger

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CORRECTION ON annual dinner time

The annual January dinner and election meeting will be held on January  20, 2017, with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. at the Chilson Center.  

Annual  2017 dues are now due, so please remit to Barbra Ding.  This dinner meeting includes your spouse as a free guest; others at an additional $5 per person payable at the door.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ice fishing outing to St. Vrain State Park set for Monday, Jan. 9

We'll be heading out about 9:30 a.m. from the northwest corner of Sam's parking lot on U.S. 34.  There's an admission fee to the state park, so you may want to carpool.  We'll probably start at Sandpiper Pond, one of the first after you enter the park.  It's located just east of the I-25 and Colorado 119 junction; the entrance to the park is about a mile west of I-25.

Not sure how the fishing will be, but the ponds are pretty heavily stocked and they're easily accessible.  You can park quite close to the ponds.  Questions? Call me at 970-988-9174.

Carpooling to Denver Sportsmen's Expo Thursday, Jan. 12

Anyone interested in traveling together to the Expo should meet at the northwest corner of Sam's Thursday.  We'll leave together no later than 10:30 a.m., probably returning by 4 or so.

Admission is $15 but we've got some $3 discount coupons; parking at the convention center is $12.