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HOW TO PLAN A NATIONAL PARK VACATION AT THE LAST MINUTE By Mona Mesereau National park vacations continue to be popular with travelers from around the world, and many people plan their national park vacations well in advance of their travel date. That doesn't mean, however, that a national park vacation is out of the question for last-minute travelers. In fact, by following a few simple suggestions, any traveler can enjoy an affordable and memorable vacation in one the country's most spectacular settings, even with as little as 24 hours' notice. "People have become so accustomed to planning their national park vacations far in advance that they are often forced to change their travel dates or cancel their reservations entirely," said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Amfac Parks & Resorts, the largest park and resort management company in the U.S. "That's good news for last-minute vacationers. With a little bit of persistence and flexibility, these travelers can often successfully find accommodations at the national park of their choice." Todd offers these tips for planning a national park vacation. 1. Be a bargain-hunter. National Park vacations are a great value, and prices at lodges, restaurants and gift shops inside the parks are often lower than prices at facilities outside the parks. Visitors can find great bargains on popular items such a s Black Hills Gold at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial gift shop and Native American jewelry at the award-winning Hopi House gift shop at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. 2. Be flexible. Because people make their plans so far in advance, they often call back with changes. In fact, half of all calls to Amfac Parks & Resortsí reservations center are to change or cancel existing reservations. Be as flexible as possible w ith travel dates and choice of lodging and you stand a better chance of getting a room on short notice. 3. Be persistent. Room availability is constantly changing, so make frequent calls to the Amfac reservations center to check on the situation at your park of choice. 4. Be timely. Room blocks are released 30 and 21 days prior to arrival. Even if a lodge or hotel has been sold out for months, travelers can often secure rooms when these blocks open up. 5. Be patient. Reservations agents typically handle many calls in a day, so you may have to wait a few moments for an available agent. 6. Be informed. Visit Amfac's web site at for general information on the parks as well as lodging descriptions, rates and availability. Amfac Parks & Resorts operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at Grand Canyon National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Yellowstone National Park, Death Valley National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Petrified Forest National Park and Everglades National Park. In addition, the company manages resorts in Napa, Calif.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nebraska City, Neb.; and at eight Ohio State Parks and three North Georgia State Parks. For reservations at national park lodges other than Yellowstone, call (1) 303-297-2757 or visit Amfac's web site at Reservations at Yellowstone can be made by calling (1) 307-344-7311 or visiting its web site at © 1998 Mesereau Public Relations
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WINTER PARK RESORT ANNOUNCES 4-PACK SEASON PASS DEALS WINTER PARK, COLORADO, August 25, 1999--Winter Park Resort is again offering the Friends and Family Four Pack, the season pass program that generated so much excitement about Colorado skiing among Front Range skiers and snowboarders. New this fall is the option to purchase an individual pass at a special rate. "This pass has been extremely popular with our Front Range skiers, and a very successful program for the resort," said Paula Sheridan, vice president of marketing for Winter Park. "While we exceeded our sales goals when we offered the passes last spring we knew that many skiers would not be willing to commit their money six months before opening day. So we are offering the Four Pack again, with both a weekday and everyday option plus the additional child pass option, but the price is slightly higher in deference to those who did purchase last spring." Weekday Four Pack Unlimited skiing Monday through Friday: $795 for four people ($198.75 per person) Additional weekend day cost: $10-$20 per weekend day (depending on season, must be tied to credit card) Child add-on (6-13) $100 per child - must be dependent of adult in primary purchase group - children add-on passes valid seven days a week (limit six child add-ons per four pack.) Everyday Four Pack Unlimited skiing seven days/week: $995 for four people ($248.75 per person) Child add-on (6-13) $100 per child - must be dependent of adult in primary purchase group - children add-on passes valid seven days a week (limit six child add-ons per four pack.) The Details Like last year, the passes must all be purchased at one time with a single payment. Passes will be sold only as four packs of the same type of pass-- all Weekday or all Everyday. Friends and Family Passes are available in limited quantities through Sept.12, 1999. Once purchased the passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Child must be 13 years of age or younger as of Nov. 17. New this season is the option to purchase an individual season pass for $350, for those who would prefer to pay a little more instead of going in with three friends on the Four Pack. This deal ends on Sept. 12 as well. How to Buy the Pass Passes can be purchased Sept. 4-12, in person at Garts Sportscastle in downtown Denver, or at the resort's Season Pass office located in Balcony House, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Phone orders will be taken at (800) 977-7669 daily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and purchasers will need to have the names, mailing addresses, and birth dates of all pass holders as well as a credit card number to complete the sale. Other benefits of the pass include the ability for pass-holders to buy three additional specially priced single-day tickets for friends; on-mountain charging; a 20% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at resort-owned food courts; a 1 0% discount on lodging booked through Winter Park Central Reservations; and discounts on admission at the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Natural History, and on tickets for The Ski Train. In addition to the Friends and Family Four Pack, Winter Park is also offering the Winter Park Express Pass--a pay as you go, direct-to-lift pass that offers discounted lift tickets and free ski days based on how often the card is used. The card cost $15, and is linked directly to the holder's credit or debit card. Pass-holders get their first day of skiing free when used by Dec. 17, discounted daily rates ($26-37 for adults), a free day after every four paid days, as well as all the benefits listed above. The Express Pass can be purchased in person at Garts Sportscastle Sept 3-12; at the Denver SnowSports Expo at Currigan Hall Nov. 4-7; and on weekends (Friday evenings, all day Saturday and Sunday) at all metro area Christy Sport s from Oct. 15 - Nov. 14. The Express Pass is available only at these Front Range locations. For more information on season passes, contact the Winter Park Marketing Department at (970) 726-1575. ******************************************************************************* Colorado Snow Report TravelBank Systems, U.S.A. Last Update - Date: September 14, 1999 Time: 10:17 MDT Next Update - Anytime, Veriable Summer Conditions
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | New | Snow | New | New | Snow | Lifts Colorado | Snow | Depth | Snow | Snow | Cond.|Open/Total Ski Area | Past | | | | | | 24 Hrs | | 48 Hrs | 72 Hrs | | | | | ago | ago | | | |Mid-Top | | | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arapahoe Basin | CLOSED | 18" 22"| " | " | / | 0/5 970-468-0718 : $23.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: December Aspen Highlands | CLOSED | 57" 70"| " | " | / | 0/6 970-925-1220 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: December Aspen Mountain | CLOSED | 49" 58"| " | " | / | 0/8 970-925-1220 : $60.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Beaver Creek Resort | CLOSED | 27" 50"| " | " | / | 0/13 970-476-5601 : $59.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Berthoud Pass Ski Area | CLOSED | 40" | " | " | / | 0/2 303-569-0100 : $23.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Breckenridge | CLOSED | 69" | " | " | / | 0/22 970-453-5000 : $50.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Buttermilk Mountain/Aspn.| CLOSED | 34" 46"| " | " | / | 0/7 970-925-1220 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: December Copper Mountain Resort | CLOSED | 71" | " | " | / | 0/22 970-968-2882 : $50.00,Lifts, ExpTemp: 's OPENS: November Cuchara Mountain Resort | CLOSED | " | " | " | / | 0/4 888-282-4272 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: , OPENS: December Eldora Mountain Resort | CLOSED | 45" | " | " | / | 0/10 303-440-8700 $29.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: December Keystone/North Peak | CLOSED | 69" | " | " | / | 0/22 970-248-0732 : $50.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: Mid October Loveland Ski Areas | CLOSED | 69" | " | " |sp/pp | 0/11 303-571-5580 : $22.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's OPENS: Mid-October Purgatory Resort | CLOSED | 62" | " | " | / | 0/11 800-525-0892 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Snowmass | CLOSED | 56" 78"| " | " | / | 0/20 970-925-1220 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Steamboat | CLOSED | 56" | " | " | / | 0/22 970-879-6111 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Sunlight Mtn. Resort | CLOSED | 40" | " | " | / | 0/4 970-945-7491 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: December Telluride | CLOSED | 49" | " | " | / | 0/13 970-728-4431 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Ultima Resort ** | CLOSED | 36" 49"| 0" | 0" |summer| 4/36 303-745-8586 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 50's, Ski area closes Aug. 2nd, for a one month summer break. Vail | CLOSED | 51" | " | " | / | 0/30 970-476-5601 : $59.00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November Wolf Creek | CLOSED |141"148"| " | " | / | 0/4 970-264-5639 : $ .00 Lifts, ExpTemp: 's, OPENS: November ****************************************************************************** ** Skiing you into The 21st Century ExpTemp = Expected Temperature for the day. NR = No Report Recv'd BS = Bare Spots CS = Corn Snow FG = Frozen Granular IP = Ice Patches IS = Icy surfaces LG = Loose Granular TC = Thin Cover V = Variable Cond. WG = Wet Granular P = Powder SP = Spring Conditions cl = Closed PP = Packed Powder HP = Hard Pack WP = Wet Powder SM = Snow Making MM = Machine Made S = Snowing @ report time IC = Icy Conditiions MG = Machine Groomed s = Lite Snow @ report time
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WIND-CHILL CHART ================ Both temperature and wind cause heat loss from body surfaces. A combination of cold and wind makes a body feel colder than the actual temperature. The left column of figures shows temperatures in Fahrenheit. The top column shows wind speed. Both are combined to calculate wind-ccchhhiiillllll. WIND SPEED(mph) DEGREES 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 ------|----------------------------------------------------- 20 | 16 3 -5 -10 -15 -18 -20 -21 -22 15 | 12 -3 -11 -17 -22 -25 -27 -29 -30 10 | 7 -9 -18 -24 -29 -33 -35 -37 -38 5 | 0 -15 -25 -31 -36 -41 -43 -45 -46 0 | -5 -22 -31 -39 -44 -49 -52 -53 -54 -5 | -10 -27 -38 -46 -51 -56 -58 -60 -62 -10 | -15 -34 -45 -53 -59 -64 -67 -69 -70 -15 | -21 -40 -51 -60 -66 -71 -74 -76 -78 -20 | -26 -46 -58 -67 -74 -79 -82 -84 -85 -25 | -31 -52 -65 -74 -81 -86 -89 -92 -93 -30 | -36 -58 -72 -81 -88 -93 -97 -100 -102 -CtB- DID YOU KNOW ? The National Weather service and othe government agencies use certain descripitions for varing levels of winter conditions. From buzzwords to blizz-words, here is your key to figuring out what level of storm the announcer or recorder is talking about. In the Denver front range the Emergency Ham Radio Weather Net is on 146.94. or 147.12.MHz. HEAVY SNOW WARNING: Plains and lower elevations may get snow accumulation of six inches or more in 12 hours, or eight inches or more in 24 hours. Mountain areas could experience snow accumulation of eight inches or more in 12 hours or ten inches or more in 24 hours. WINTER STROM WARNING: This warns of snow accumulations as described above, but with conditions aggravated by blowing and drifting snow. BLIZZARD WARNING: This means that the following conditions are expected to last for three hours or longer: wind-sustained or frequent gusts to 35 mph or stronger, and snow falling or blowing which will reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile.
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"In Lasting memory of Al Wolf - 7/9/97"

                        September 15, 1999
                 By Brad Frano - Public Services

The Division of Wildlife has several 24-hour-a-day recordings
available to provide the latest in fishing condition reports and
stocking information.  For up-to-date information, call 291-7534.

     This will be the last Division of Wildlife weekly fishing
report for the year.  We will continue to update our recording
system and web site through the winter months as information
becomes available.  Most likely on an every other week basis.
     Fall weather, and soon winter is already coming to the high
country.  Shorter days and cooler nights, for our higher elevation
lakes, is our first indication that fall is upon us.  Trout fishing
success has improved across the state.  As of September 1st, some
of the areas around the state have opened up for the fall kokanee
snagging season.  Check the local area reports for more information
on where the kokanee are starting to school.  Our lower elevation
lakes are also starting to pick up, but most areas are still
reporting that fishing is best early or late in the day, with most
action being reported fishing at a deeper depth.  As our weather
continues to cool, fishing should continue to improve.
     To everyone who participated in reporting our weekly fishing
conditions across the state this year, Thank You!  It again, has
been a very successful year and I'm looking forward to starting
back up our weekly reports in late March.  Again, thank you and
have a great end of year, holiday season!

COLORADO MASTER ANGLER AWARD PROGRAM The Master Angler Award Program is designed to recognize anglers who catch fish of trophy size, as well as to promote the wise use and conservation of those trophy fish. For entry forms and more information call or write to the Master Angler Award Program; Colorado Division of Wildlife; Aquatic Section; 6060 Broadway; Denver, CO 80216; (303) 297-1192 The following are the recent additions to the award program: NAME SPECIES/WHERE LENGTH KEPT/REL Austin Parr/Highlands Pike/Spinny Mtn 38" kept Kevin Plowman/Greeley Sm Bass/Yampa Riv 18" release Reiner Seelhoff/Montrose Lg Bass/Chipeta Lk 21" release Jimmy Swonke/Colo Sps Bullhead/Valco Pd 15" kept Jennifer Swonke/Co Sps Bullhead/Valco Pd 14" kept Bryce McGuire/Manitou Lg Bass/Kiss Cam Pd 19" release WOW! Thomas Perry from Wheat Ridge, Colorado recently caught a 34" wiper out of Nee Gronda Reservoir. Perry was trolling a crank bait on the reservoir when the big fish hit. It turns out Perry's wiper was just about a pound shy of the current state record which was caught out of Nee Noshe Reservoir, which is also in southeast Colorado. The current record stands at 34", 23 pounds/15 ounces. "The fishing was pretty slow this last trip, we only caught four fish during the course of two days. But this was the last one, and it made the whole trip worth it." said Perry. CENTRAL REGION 291-7535 Aurora Reservoir - Water level down; boat ramp still open; clear; fair to good trout action reported; best reports for trout has been along the dam; fair to good catfish action all around the lake using stinkbaits, worms or crawdads; wiper and walleye action picking up; few reports of some fairly nice walleye being caught; perch action good. Barr Lake - Water level low; good shoreline access; boat ramp still open; fair action for trout using worms or Power Bait from shore; catfish and wiper action fair to good on crawdads, worms or Power bait; slow for all other species. Bear Creek Reservoir - Water level full; slow to fair action for stocker size rainbows using typical baits; slow for all other species. Chatfield Reservoir - Water level steady; current temperature 66 degrees; clear; trout fishing improving; most trout action fishing on the bottom in deeper water areas with worms, minnows or Power Bait; fair boat action trolling slow with flashers trailing a nightcrawler harness; slow to fair for all other species; campgrounds will remain open for use until Oct. 31st. Cherry Creek Reservoir - Water level full; water temperature 63 degrees; trout action improving with cooling temperatures using worms, minnows and Power Bait; catfish action fair on typical stinkbaits, worms or crawdads; best catfish action at night; slow for all other species. Clear Lake - (Gunella Pass Area) Water level good; clear; fishing reported as slow to fair for rainbow trout. Georgetown Lake - Water level high; clear; fishing reported as slow to fair; some reports of browns being caught. Golden Gate Park - (ponds) Fishing fair for trout on the park ponds; note: the RV campground at Reverends Ridge will be closed on September 17 & 18 for a special event. Quincy Reservoir - Water level dropping; trout action has been fair; fair to good largemouth bass action reported using top water lures or curly tail grubs fished along structure or drop-offs; perch action picking up fishing in 15-25 feet of water with small jigs; tiger muskie action reported as slow. South Platte River - (Deckers) Trout action reported as fair with most results on PMD, flash back Pheasant Tail, black Beauty, Parachute Adams, Buckskin and San Juan worm fly patterns; fair action on small spinners worked in the pockets and riffles. NORTHEAST REGION 291-7536 Barbour Ponds - Water conditions murky; fishing fair to good for 10-12 rainbows with Power Bait, shrimp or garlic salmon eggs and crawlers; slow for all other species. Bellaire Lake - Fair with shrimp salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms; fair to good on Thomas Buoyants, Tasmanian Devils and Kastmaster lures; good evening action on Float'n Fool, mosquito and BWO dries. Big Creek Lakes - Fishing for trout fair on Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms; fair to good on Thomas Buoyants, Cyclones and Tasmanian Devils; fair to good late afternoon and evening on Adams, Blue Quill and Blue Dun dries; lake trout action is very slow; some results on jointed Rapala and Fat Gitzit lures; some edge ice on cold mornings. Big Thompson River - Fishing is fair to good with bait where permitted; good with Mepps yellow Black Fury and Panther Martin yellow with red spots; running at 77.0 CFS from Drake upstream; good fishing using beadhead Damsel or Beadhead Drake nymphs and Flash-A-Bou Olives on the upper quality water; good on Elk Hair Caddis, Solomon Caddis and Green Humpy; fair to good on small silver Panther Martins, Colorado Spinners, or small Mepps. Carter Lake - Water level fair; fishing slow to fair for trout using Power Bait, minnows and small metal lures. Chambers Lake - Water level low; boat ramp out of the water; fair to good on Power Bait, eggs and crawlers; fair to good on Thomas Buoyant, Panther Martin and Vibrax; good results on mosquito, Blue Quill and Float'n Fool dries when casted to rings of rising fish; some reports of mack being caught on large flutter spoons and Sycolps lures run deep; some edge ice in some places. Cowdrey Lake - Fair on salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms; slow to fair on Z-rays, Super Dupers and Kastmaster lures. Douglas Lake - Fishing is slow for all species. Dowdy Lake - (Red Feather) Fishing fair off the dam face or the southwest side with Power Bait and eggs; fair action on Thomas Buoyant, Cyclones and Little Cleo lures; some action trolling Needlefish, Triple Teasers and Sep's lures. Flatiron Reservoir - Fishing fair with best results on Fireballs, Power Bait and crawlers. Frank Easement Pond - Bluegill fishing is good; great place to take kids to fish; best action on a worm below a bobber; good bass fishermen are finding fair to good results on top water plugs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits; some catches in the 3-5 pound range. Hidden Lakes - Fishing fair to good on small Mepps, Panther Martin and Thomas Buoyant lures and bait; best fishing at Stambaugh Reservoir (north end) or Ross Reservoir (south end). Hohnholz Lakes - #2 fishing is fair with bait; slow on flies and lures; # 3 has been fair to good with Thomas Buoyants, Cyclones, Little Cleos and Tasmanian Devil lures; evening action fair to good on mosquito, Float'n Fool and Hare's Ear dry flies; cold mornings causing ice along the shore. Horsetooth Reservoir - Water level fair; fishing fair for trout; slow for all other species. Joe Wright Reservoir - Water level fair; but falling; trout fishing fair on small Kastmasters, Thomas Colorado's and Little Tigers; fair evening action on mosquito, Adams and Hornberg patterns; grayling action good on parachute Baetis, floating Tan Nymphs and midge dry flies in sizes 18-22 fished in the surface film near the inlet and along the south shore; best results from belly boats. Lake Estes - Water level fair; fishing fair on salmon eggs, crawlers and Power Bait; fair on small gold lures, Z-Rays and Spin-A-Lures; fair night action on Woolly Bugger, Maribou and Zonker fly patterns; best results near the inlet and along the south side. Lake John - Fair on bait of all kinds; fair on Thomas Buoyants, Cyclones and Tasmanian Devils; fair action trolling Triple Teasers, Sep's and Needle fish lures; best action from belly boats using shrimp or scud pattern flies. Laramie River - Low and clear; flow at 36.0 CFS; fair to good on Panther Martins, Mepps Black Fury and Vibrax lures; fair to good on streamer flies; good on large dark nymphs; dry fly action is good; best results on Mayfly and Red Quill patterns; upper end beginning to ice in many places. Lon Hagler Reservoir - Fair action on trout with Power Bait or worms; fishing slow to fair for all other species. Long Draw Reservoir - Water level is low; fishing fair to good on Thomas Colorado's, Little Tigers and Rough Riders with fair evening action on mosquito, Float'n Fool and Hornberg fly patterns; some good results on gold Rapala lures and Matuka, Dace, Mickey Finn and Sofa Pillow streamers fished near the inlet and in the stream above. Lost & Laramie Lake - (at Chambers) Some edge ice; fair on Buoyants, Cyclones and Little Cleos; fair with bait of all kinds. North Delaney Lake - Fair to good from belly boats with shrimp, scud and Damsel nymphs fished right above the moss beds; fair to good on Thomas Buoyants, Tasmanian Devils, Thomas Cyclones and Little Cleos; trolling action slow; shore action slow. North Michigan Lake - Water level good; fishing fair to good on bright metal lures, halfback and Hornberg flies; good evening action with Adams, mosquito and Hare's Ear dry flies; trollers using Dick Nite, Triple Teasers and Needlefish are doing well in the evenings. North Park Streams - Water levels are normal; nearly clear; fishing fair to good on Black Fury, Vibrax and Rooster Tail lures; fair to good action on Black Halfbacks, Black Bear and Jeff's Stonefly patterns; good dry fly action on Blue Dun, Adams Wulff, Float-N-Fool and Ginger Quills; current flow on the Michigan 63.0 CFS; North Platte is 78.0 CFS; Illinois River 11.0 CFS. North Sterling Reservoir - Water level still dropping; will be down to one ramp by this weekend; reservoir closes for boating Nov. 1st, except for hand launch, hand propelled boats for waterfowl season; good catfish action reported using typical catfish baits; slow action for the walleye; few being caught on harnessed nightcrawlers trolled in 15-20 feet of water; good wiper action still reported fishing in 12-20 feet of water using crawdad tails or when you can locate the schooling shad; fair trout action using Pop Gear with a harnessed nightcrawler; better trout action from boats. Pinewood Reservoir - Fishing fair to good on Thomas Buoyants, Little Tigers and Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Parvin Lake - Fishing fair to good from belly boats along the shore with Float-N-Fool, Quill Gordan, brown hackle Peacock dry flies and olive leech patterns; fishing from the bank is slow. Poudre River - Water level is normal; clear above Water Works hill; flow at 84.0 CFS; fair to good with Stonefly, beadhead Prince, Zug Bug, Flash-A-Bou Olive; Elk Hair Caddis, Humpy, Quill Gordon and Float-n-Fool dry fly patterns or Panther Martins, Mepps Black Fury, Vibrax and Rooster Tail lures; fair to good success with Power Bait, eggs and worms where permitted. Poudre River North Fork - On the lower quality water fishing fair to good on Panther Martin, Mepps and Rooster Tail lures or Stonefly and Helgramite nymphs. Seymour Reservoir - Fair to good on bait or trolling Hornbergs, Halfbacks, streamer flies and Triple Teasers or Dick Nite lures; beginning to ice around the edges on cold mornings. Slack Weiss Reservoir - Fishing fair to good on Panther Martin, Mepps and Colorado Spinners; best action along the south shoreline; fair to good on Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms; fair evening action with Adams, Humpy and Float'n Fool dry flies; some ice on the edge in the mornings. South Delaney Buttes - Fishing fair to good on shrimp, scud and Damsel nymphs fished along the shoreline and over moss beds from boats or belly boats; slow to fair on small bright metal lures. St Vrain River - Flow at 65.0 CFS; fishing fair to good above Lyons with best results on Power Bait, worms, Fireballs and small silver Panther Martins; good on Adams Wulff, olive Elk Hair caddis and gray hackle Yellow. Watson Lake - Water level good; fishing fair; with best results on Power Bait, Fireballs, crawlers and Thomas Buoyant, Z-Ray and Panther Martin lures; fair to good evening action with Spruce, Platte River Special and Hornberg streamers. Wellington #4 - Slow for all species. West Lake - (Red Feather) Fair to good on Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs; fair on Thomas Buoyants, Little Cleos and Z-Ray lures; good evening action with halfback, Hornberg and Hopper patterns. SOUTHEAST REGION 291-7538 Antero Reservoir - Fair action for rainbow trout; most action using Power Bait or worms fished on the bottom along the shoreline; trolling action slow to fair depending on the weather; best action for the boaters has been using flashers trailing a nightcrawler or small lure. Arkansas River - (Salida) Current flows at Wellsville now at 643.0 CFS; good flows; just slightly off color; good action on hopper and yellow stimulator patterns; still seeing some caddis and PMD action. Bonny Reservoir - Low water level; the reservoir is down 4.5 feet from full; low water is causing some difficulty at the boat ramps; large pontoons and boats with deep V hulls, 18 feet and longer can expect to have difficulty and may not be able to unload; water temperature 70 degrees; fishing reported as fair for wiper, white bass and catfish; slow for all other species. Clear Creek Reservoir - Water level low; boat ramp most likely out; shore fishing difficult due to muddy shoreline. DeWeese Reservoir - Special Note: DeWeese Reservoir is currently being drawn down for construction repair on the top of the dam. The east portion of the reservoir will be closed to boating and recreational use, as well as the area immediately below the dam. Elevenmile Reservoir - Water level high; temperature 55 degrees; all boat ramps are open; rainbow trout action picking up; fair rainbow action on worms, Power Bait or marshmallows; most of the rainbow action is being reported along the south shoreline; some lure action for trout on Krocodile or Kastmaster lures; few pike reported being caught in the coves; most action on large crankbaits, black Bunnies and buzzbaits; kokanee action starting to pick up; few being caught trolling Needlefish, Cow Bells and Dick Nite lures. Forbay Reservoir - Fair rainbow trout action; slow to fair mack action; should pick up with cooling weather temperatures. Jefferson Lake - Fair to good action being reported for stocker size trout from shore or boats; few larger reported caught; most action using standard baits from shore fished on the bottom. John Martin Reservoir - Water level high; clearing; catfish action good; most action on stinkbaits, cut bait or shrimp; best action near the inlet area; saugeye action has been slow; crappie action has been slow to fair, with some being found around the dam on small Twister Tail jigs or live minnows; wiper and saugeye action has been slow; should improve with cooler weather. NEW this year - 40% of the campsites at the Lake Hasty campground (below John Martin) are now under a nation-wide reservation service, the rest of the sites are still first-come, first-serve; the reservation service is 1-877-444-6777 (toll-free) Lathrop State Park - (Martin Lake & Horseshoe Lake) Horseshoe Lake is open; boat ramp on Horseshoe is closed; fishing fair for tiger muskie and catfish at Horseshoe lake; fair for trout on Martin Lake. Montgomery Reservoir - Fair trout action from shore using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms rigged to suspend just off the bottom. Fair to good action on Kastmaster, Mepps and Rooster Tail lures casted from shore in the early mornings and late evenings. Nee Grande Reservoir - Water level high; clearing; fair catfish action on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and crawdads; some saugeye action reported, but mostly smaller fish being caught; wiper action off and on, but producing some action when you can locate the schools. Nee Noshe Reservoir - Water level full; clearing; wiper action fair on live minnows, Mr Twisters tipped with a piece of nightcrawler or Rattle Trap lures; saugeye action fair; some crappie and catfish action also reported. Pueblo Reservoir - Water level full; temperature 70 degrees; clearing; anglers are reporting that wiper action has been good; wiper action continues to improve; slow to fair for all other species. Rampart Reservoir - Water level good; clear; fair action for rainbow trout using standard baits from shore; some morning and evening action on small spoons or spinners casted along the shoreline; slow to fair action for macks; most action from boats vertical jigging Gitzit tube jigs. South Platte River - (between Spinney and Elevenmile) Fair to good action on spinners or nymph and midge pattern flies; mostly small fish being reported caught; some brown action being reported up in the river. Skagway Reservoir - Special Note: Water level is being lowered for construction of a handicap access pier in the boat ramp area; low water levels will remain until the construction project is completed in late September or early October; the reservoir will remain open, but anglers should be aware that muddy conditions will probably exist along the shoreline; the boat ramp will remain accessible throughout the project, but a reduction in surface-area could make launching boats difficult. Spinney Mountain Reservoir - The reservoir will remain open until first ice on; check with the local state parks office for information on winter closure; water level currently reported as high; slow to fair action for trout reported; best early in the morning; most action on in-line spinners and dark colored Woolly Buggers, damsel, midge, egg or scud pattern flies; some results trolling Kastmaster, Krocodile spoons or Thomas Buoyant lures; pike action good; most action in the coves; mostly smaller pike being reported caught; best action on large crankbaits, black Bunnies or buzzbaits; Special Note: There will be an upcoming pike tournament at Spinney on Sept. 26th put on by the Colorado Fishing Federation. For more information call (719) 635-4435. Tarryall Reservoir - Reported as fair for rainbow trout; best action shore fishing using typical trout baits or trolling flashers trailing a nightcrawler; pike action slow to fair. Trinidad Lake - Water level high; boat ramp is open; maybe difficult launching larger boats; trout action fair; best action from the boaters working the deeper water areas; boat and shore action best on nightcrawlers; fair walleye and saugeye action jigging twister tails; best action on the south shore and near Longs Canyon areas; fair bass action; most along the south shore; anglers are catching a lot of bass, most are under the size limit; fair catfish action; best action in the Reily Canyon area using chicken livers. Twin Lakes - Water level dropping slowly; rainbow trout action has been good; best action from shore has been using Power Bait or salmon eggs fished on the bottom; boat action for rainbow has been fair to good trolling flashers trailing a piece of nightcrawler; mack action spotty; few smaller macks reported being caught; mack action slow; should improve with cooler weather. SOUTHWEST REGION 291-7539 Beaver Creek Reservoir - Fair action for stocker size trout using bait; better action in the mornings. Big Meadows Reservoir - Water level good; fair action for trout using Power Bait or nightcrawlers from shore; some action casting lures from shore in the early mornings and evenings. Blue Mesa Reservoir - Water level good; clear; fair kokanee action being reported; most have moved up in the rivers; some kokanee still being found trolling 5-7 colors down; best action trolling with red or green Arnie's or Dick Nites lures; good action for rainbows and browns; best action on Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs or small jigs from shore; better trout action being reported trolling spinners with a worm; slow mack action; very few anglers locating them; should improve with cooling temperatures. Crawford Reservoir - Water level down 24 feet and dropping; due to low water level, the Iron Creek boat ramp is closed for the season; the Peninsula boat ramp will remain open for the remainder of the year; all other facilities are open, except for the swim beach, which closed in August; anglers are reporting good fishing conditions for perch, northern pike and catfish. Dome Reservoir - (Upper and Lower) Fair to good trout action reported. La Jara Reservoir - Drained due to construction on the dam. Mountain Home Reservoir - Water level good; clear; fair for trout and pike; trout action best on standard baits fished on the bottom. Navajo Reservoir - Water level almost full; fishing action fair for most species; fair to good action being reported for bass on the New Mexico side; some catfish action near the river inlets; fishing for all species improving. Needle Creek Reservoir - Fishing reported as slow to fair; reservoir still reported as mossy; difficult to fish. Paonia Reservoir - Water level down 20 feet from full; fair for northern pike action in the reservoir; fair trout action in Anthracite Creek below the dam on assorted fly patterns. Ridgway Reservoir - Water level full; temperature 68 degrees on the surface; boaters should use caution and watch for floating debris; fishing on the lake has been fair for all species; fair action on the river below the dam; good action in the area ponds. Roaring Judy - (Hatchery) The tentative dates for the annual Roaring Judy kokanee spawning are on Fridays - Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, depending on the spawning run. Check for updated information closer to those dates. San Luis Lakes - Water level good; murky due to algae bloom; slow to fair for trout; best action on Power Bait or salmon eggs. Sanchez Reservoir - Water level fair; slow to fair for most species; fair to good for pike on red and white Daredevils or Rapala lures. Spring Creek Reservoir - Good trout action being reported from the shore fishermen. Taylor Reservoir - Water level dropping slowly; still good level; trout action improving; anglers are catching rainbows, cutthroat and browns; few salmon reported caught recently; but the kokanee action is slow; trout action rated fair and improving; few mack being reported caught; but they still seem to be fairly deep; weather temperatures are changing in the area, it looks like the Taylor area will be having an early fall; mack fishing will continue to improve with the cooler weather. Uncompahgre River - (Below Ridgway Reservoir) Flows on the river below the reservoir are good at this time; current flow at 399.0 CFS; fishing reported as picking up on the river. NORTHWEST REGION 291-7537 Colorado River - (Near Kremmling) Current flow at 926.0 CFS; fishing fair on Elk Hair Caddis, Stonefly, Pheasant Tail and stimulator patterns or gold spinners in the sections above Kremmling; seeing some hatches. Frying Pan River - Currently running at 250.0 CFS; good trout action being reported on Green Drake, PMD and caddis patterns. Granby Reservoir - Water level full; fair action on stocker size rainbow trout using Power Bait or salmon eggs fished from shore; lake trout action picking up with cooler weather temperatures; most action for mack at a depth of 40-60 feet; few smaller macks caught; most action either trolling Rapala or Flatfish lures or jigging Gitzit tube jigs tipped with sucker meat. Green Mountain Reservoir - Snagging opened for kokanee on September 1st; fair to good snagging action being reported; best area McDonald Flats near the inlet; location is the key for finding the schools; few reports of some limits being taken; remember snagging can be sporadic from day to day. Harvey Gap Reservoir - Water level 10 feet from full; open for boating; check for current boat motor restrictions; current temperature 70 degrees; good action reported for catfish; best action fishing in the evenings with worms; slow for all other species. Highline Lake - Current water temperature at 73 degrees; good action being reported for crappie, bluegill and catfish using jigs and worms. Island Acres - Water temperature 70 degrees; fishing slow for all species during the day; few trout and bass being caught in the morning and evening hours using typical baits and lures. Mack Mesa Lake - Water temperature 73 degrees; good action for crappie, catfish and bluegill using worms. Muddy Creek - (below Wolford Reservoir) Good flows clear; fair trout action being reported in the area just below the dam at Wolford; look for early or late hatches; good on nymph patters; sunny days producing good action on Prince and Buckskin patterns. Pearl Lake - Good water levels; clear; fishing reported as slow to fair; some action in the evenings on flies and lures; mostly cutthroat trout being caught. Rifle Gap Reservoir - Water level down 15 feet from capacity; clear; open for boating; water temperature 70 degrees; reporting fair to good action for trout; most trout action on Power Bait, salmon eggs or nightcrawlers fished from shore; better trout action fishing early or late in the day; walleye action fair to good; most being caught slow trolling at night; fair numbers of perch also being reported caught; slow to fair for all other species. Roaring Fork River - Running clear on the upper section; flow near Aspen at 96.0 CFS; flow at Glenwood Springs at 865.0 CFS; still seeing good caddis action and a few PMD's on the upper section; lower section reporting better action on terrestrial patterns, such as hoppers. Shadow Mountain Reservoir - Water level good; rainbow and kokanee action fair from both boat trollers and bank fishermen using bait. (Shadow Mountain Spawning giveaway) Currently there are no tentative dates scheduled. The kokanee run and spawning is usually in late November. Check with you local Division office in mid-November for more information. Stagecoach Reservoir - Water level full; water temperature 64 degrees; trout action fair on standard baits from shore; pike action reported as fair to good; most action on green or chartreuse Tasmanian Devils and other assorted large lures; best action for pike has been along the south shore. Steamboat Lake - Water level good; clear; trout action fair to good; best action using standard baits; trout action is picking up as temperatures cool. Sylvan Lake - Water level full; temperature 60 degrees; open for boating; good action for rainbow and brook trout and rainbows on Woolly bugger fly patterns. Vega Reservoir - Water level down 23 feet from full; still open for boating; boat ramp at Island Area in good shape; fishing reported as fair to good for trout using typical baits and lures all around the lake; best action reported along the south and west shorelines; there have been anglers rumors of pike in the reservoir, but there are no reports of any pike every being taken; Vega is primarily a trout fishery. Williams Fork Reservoir - Water level good; snagging reports for kokanee have been picking up; few limits being taken; pike action has been fair on sucker meat or frozen chubs fished in the weedy areas; most are smaller, few larger; some action on spoons, spinnerbaits and Rapala lures; rainbow trout action slow to fair. Willow Creek Reservoir - Slow to fair action being reported for mostly 10-12 inch rainbow trout using typical baits from shore; some action reported trolling with Needlefish or Dick Nite lures. Wolford Reservoir - Water level full; clear; open for boating; fair to good trout action throughout the day; most action on nightcrawlers or Power Bait from shore; better action from boats slow trolling with harnessed nightcrawlers, Tasmanian Devils, Dardevles lures; trolling action has been best on the north end or the reservoir; still seeing some kokanee being taken trolling at 20-25 feet with lures or worms behind Pop Gear (There is no snagging at Wolford).
DIVISION OF WILDLIFE WEEKLY CATCHABLE TROUT STOCKING The following is a listing of areas that have been recently stocked WATER STOCKED LOCATION OF WATER COUNTY CARTER RESERVOIR West of Berthoud LAR DOUGLASS RESERVOIR West of Wellington LAR GREEN MTN FALLS LAKE Green Mountain Falls ELP O'HAVER RESERVOIR West of Poncha Pass CHA TARRYALL RES East Fairplay 20 mi PAR TEAL LAKE West of Coalmont JAC TIAGO LAKE West of Coalmont JAC The Division of Wildlife's stocking program is basically through for the winter months. Depending on spring weather and ice out, we will generally start up our stocking program again in March.
SUPER Fly Fishing Guide "Fly Fishing the Colorado River: An Angler's Guide" by Al Marlowe is now available. The book covers fly fishing on the Colorado River and tributary streams from the headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to Rifle. In addition to the Colorado, streams included are the Frazer, Williams Fork, Blue, Eagle, Roaring Fork, and Fryingpan Rivers, and Troublesome, Muddy, and Rock Creeks. The guide also has sections concerning stream hydrology, which tells how a river works and ways to fish various structures, fly patterns with recipes, and an appendix of shops and information resources. The book is from Pruett Publishing and will sell for $16.95.
PUT THEM BACK ALIVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The following steps will ensure that a released fish has the best chances for survival: 1) Do not play any fish to total exhaustion. 2) Keep the fish in water as much as possible when handling and removing hook. 3) Romove hook gently - do not squeeze the fish or put fingers in gills. 4) If deeply hooked - cut line - do not pull hook out. 5) Release the fish only after its equilibrium is maintained. If necessary gently hold the fish facing up-stream and move the fish slowly back and forth. 6) Release the fish in quiet water. ******************************************************************* THE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE'S CATCHABLE RAINBOW TROUT STOCKING PROGRAM RUNS THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR.
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