Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 20, 1973 · Page 32
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 32

Greeley, Colorado
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Friday, April 20, 1973
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Fri., April 2g, 1»73 OREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Out Around (fishin 1 ) with Charlie Brown (Drawing by Charlie Brown) Grapple most popular fish in E. Colorado B y C H A K L I E H R O V V N Wildlife Conservation Officer The old man lay back against the piece of broken concrete rip-rap, half dozing in the warm spring^sun. He only half-closed his eyes because he had lo keep watch.; on his red and white bobbej that was slowly moving up and down with the rhythm of the waves. Kyrjher down along the dike of the reservoir what appeared to be a father and son sat in Ihe sana. next to the water's edge. The 'father was bent over what looked like, and proved to be, a large'ball of Ihin spinning line. Most ^fishermen would recognize this tangle of line as a bird's next. Phrases such as 'should have kept your thumb on il".br."I told you to let me cast" 'drifted down the shore on the light breeze. Across from the dam where a point ''of land jutted into the lake', a man in waders could be seen 'casting. By walking on some rather slippery rocks and broken cement he had worked his way far out into the lake. He had about reached the limit of his waders and, when he leaned forward at the end of each east, he would dip a little water into his waders. Just at the end of an extra long cast he leaned over a bit loo far and lost his footing, slipping off the fool-high rock he was standing on. Before he had finished floundering around, he was wet from head to loc and his favorile old fishing hal was sailing wilh Ihe breeze far out inlo the lake. What great fish was keeping (he old man away from I he card game down al the recreation center? Was it a run of giant salmon thai made (he father work so at the tangle of line? Surely Ihe "Musky" must be biting to cause a man lo risk life and limb lo calch (hem. "Wrong," on all counts. These fishermen weren't afler records; Ihey were afler what /Hay 5-6 at Craig \ Local observers plan trip to view strutting grouse Thgfirst annual Sage Grouse grounds at 8 a.m., at which lime Safarj;will be held in Craig on observers will return to Craig the Western Slope the weekend for breakfast. of May' 5-6. ; Cost of the tour is $7.50, which includes the informative grouse programs, entertainment, tour of the strutting grounds, meals, Sponsored by the Craig Jaycces, safari activities will begifi Saturday evening with entef tainmenl, information on and a place to roll out sleeping the sage grouse of Colorado, films, slides, sound tapes, and a dinner served by the Jaycees. bags. Patricipants musl f u r n i s h Iheir own transportation and Sage grouse watchers will then sleeping bags, bed 'down indoors in sleeping Reservations must be made in Craig by April 29. Interested persons are asked to phone one of the following: Charlie Brown., 284-6302; Dr. Bert Thomas or Dr. Maynard bags! for a short night's rest They, will beawakened at 4 a.m. for hot coffee or chocolate before departing for the grouse struttirig grounds with local guides and conservation officers. Thfe grouse will leave the Stamper, tINC biology department; or Mrs. William Cults, 353-8373. is probably eastern Colorado's most popular fish, the Crappie. Crappies are nol nalive to Colorado, but have been around a long time. The first recorded introduction was in 1882. They can be found now in nearly all large reservoirs on Ihe eastern plains of Colorado. The fact thai Ihey spawn in Ihe spring and also move lo shallower water due lo water t e m p e r a t u r e changes, make them a favorile fish for early summer and iale spring. As with many fish, water tempera- lure has quile an effecl on crappie aelivilics. Fishermen just won't iiave much luck until (he water gels over (iO degrees. Most cruppie fishermen I check seem lo prefer minnows. The deplh fished and even Ihe way (he minnow is hooked on (he line seems lo make some difference especially if the crappie are a bit pcrsnickity. Some fly fishermen lhat have been stranded out here in the plains have good luck with the many colors and lypes of lead- headed flys. Although by no means an expert on crappie fishing, the most common mistake I have seen fishermen make is over- casting. Along some rocky dikes and shore lines a ten foot cast might put you out too far. I have caught and seen olhers calch crappie, using less than three feet of line, by just jiggin' a fly down among the rocks. As the water warms in Ihe summer,the crappie head for deeper water, but can some- limes be caught close lo shore by fishing al night. When the water temperatures reach 64 lo 68, Ihe male selceles the spawn- IIKATIN'C T I I K BASS AMSTERDAM. Mo. ( A P I -The early spring bass loves plastic worms. One of the popular bass fishing lures on Ihe market is Ihe slinky worm rig. It comes in numerous colors and scents. i ing sile. Afler spawning the 'male guards the nest until the young are hatched. Most crappie caught, at least in this area, are around nine inches long. The record crappie for Colorado waters is a three- pounder caught by Dave Wood from Kendick Reservoir in Jefferson County. This fish was 16 inches long. Some fair to good crappie fishing close by can be found at Seeley, Lone Tree, Boyd, Jackson and Black Hollow Lakes after the weather moderates. Although our fish men don't agree, many crappie fishermen believe that the stocking of Walleye and Northern pike has caused some decline in the crappie fishing. Pike, of course, do get quite large and offer a challenge for the fishermen; however, for an all-around fish (sporting, eating and catching) you would have to look a long time to find a better fish than the crappie. Charlie Brown says -"Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners -- spare'the match and save the bird!" D J Livestock wins Briggsdale cage tourney BRIGGSDALE -- The fourth annual Briggsdale Lions. Club I n v i t a t i o n a l B a s k e t b a l l Tournament was won by D J Livestock team of Greeley, which defeated Flatiron Paving 62-54 in Ihe championship game. Third place was won by Ihe Gilcresl Merchants over Y-R Bar Trucking of Ault, 63-49. Messier Construction of Greeley look the consolation championship wilh a 63-57 victory over Hastings Dairy of Kersey. Ernie Chacon of the Gilcrest Merchants was named the most v a l u a b l e player and was named lo Ihe all lourney leam. Other players named to the leam were Randy Earl and Randy Dyer, YB Bar Trucking; Joe Swank, Greg Hopkins and R a n d y Fagcrlund, Fiatiron Paving; Don Slone and Bob Darian, D J Livestock; Richard Nalividad, Gilcrest Merchants; and Tod Brotemarkle, Hessler Con- slruclion. H o c k e r s m i t h C u s l o m Combining of Pine B l u f f , Wyoming was awarded Ihe sportsmanship trophy. The revenue from the tour- n a m e n l is used by Ihe Briggsdale Lions Club in aiding Ihe blind and involvement in various community improvement projects. This's year tournamenl at- tracled 1C teams; in addition to Ihe learns previously men- lioned Ihe teams were: Gilcrest Gulf, I. R. Both and Sons Feedlot, Scott Realty, Monfort of Colorado, Monfort Packing Company, Grover Merchants, Thermal Services, Minerz Dehydrating and Hockersmith Custom Combining (Pine Bluff, Wyo.). OUTDOORS New fishing regulations, policies announced for RM National Park Some new fishing regulations and some new species of trout for the waters in Rocky Mountain Nation Park have been proposed by the National Parks Service. In announcement of longrange plans, the parks 'service will replace the Eastern Brook trout (actually a char), the German Brown trout (not even a native of the U.S.), and the Yellowstone black-spotted cutthroat trout with the native greenback trout on the east side drainages of RM National' Park, and with Colorado River cutthroat trout on the west side of the park. The replanting objective announced will take years to achieve. The proposed new fishing regulations will go into effect in the next few months. Those regulations are: --The possession limit for cutthroat trout is four fish, which must be 10 inches or longer. --Possession limit for brook trout, rainbow troul and brown trout is six, with no minimum length requirement. --Only one, hand-held rod or line for each person fishing is allowed. --Only artificial lures or flies with one (single, double or treble) hook with a common shank may be sued in park waters. --When in possession of any fishing equpmenl, the possession of fish bait, including worms, insects, minnows, fish eggs, or other organic matter is prohibited. --The Colorado River above its intersection with the park boundary (between sections 25 and 36, T. 4N, R 7GW.) to the confluence of Timber Creek is designated as a special management urea. Brown trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout caught in this section of the river must be 14 inches in length to be retained in possession. --Bear Lake is closed to fishing during the period of April I to October 31. 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