This summer has been really warm and that means that the stream is heating up. Once the water temps reach around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it starts to get pretty tough for trout. They can survive in temps close to 70 degrees if there is good flow and clean water but will not often live through a fight on a fly rod at those temps. Optimal temps for trout is right at 55 degrees.
If you want to help conserve the fish population in the stream, you may want to consider suspending your fishing there until cooler times. See the Summit County Voice for a relevant article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2012/06/29/colorado-river-trout-face-brutal-summer-of-survival/
The LPROA pond over by Stagestop has traditionally been cooled by pumping in water from the stream but now that the stream flow is getting low and the water getting warm, there may not be much benefit from pumping in more water. TFC stocked in May and again on June 28. We will evaluate the ponds and stream before we decide if we should do any further stocking this year.
In May, grass carp* were stocked in the LPROA pond over by Stagestop. Please release any of those fish you catch right away.
* Grass carp can effectively control aquatic vegetation when stocked and managed at proper densities. Grass carp have been known to consume over 100% of their body weight in aquatic vegetation each day. At this consumption rate they can effectively reduce the abundance of aquatic vegetation in your pond or lake. Grass carp are stocked as juveniles (8-11”) and have a useful lifespan of 5-7 years. Grass carp need to be periodically restocked with young fish at the rate of 40% of the original densities.
TFC members may share tips on how to best fish the area. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to DOW Fishing information
- Seasonal report: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Reports/
- Fishery Survey Summaries: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Reports/FisherySurveySummaries/
Link to Stream Gage at Bordenville
Pelicans on our pond
This year we have had an increasing number of American white pelicans coming to the LPROA pond by Stagestop. These pelicans do not dive for fish like brown pelicans. They fish in cooperative groups. They form a line or half circle and drive fish into shallow water by beating their wings on the surface. When the fish are trapped in the shallows, the pelicans simply scoop them up in their pouched bills. Pelicans can hold as much as three gallons of water in their bill—as soon as they scoop up the fish, they tilt their heads back to drain out the water and then swallow the fish. Needless to say, they can devastate a fish population.
We have checked with Division of Wildlife and we are told that it is okay to try to frighten the pelicans away. We are going to get some noise-making cracker shells that we will be authorizing a few people to fire off in an attempt to convince the pelicans that our pond is not a good place to visit. We are not harming the pelicans, just scaring them. Please be aware that this authorized shooting activity is occurring and could be quite noisy.
Fish Cleaning Attracts Bears
The TFC has had reports of people cleaning fish at the ponds. We are asking for your help to discourage anyone from doing this. Some folks seem to think it is okay as long as they bury the entrails, but guess what…bears have an extremely keen sense of smell!
In June and July there have been reports of bears coming onto around in the middle of the day and they did not seem to be in any hurry to leave. We have contacted DOW officer, Mark Lamb. He is planning to drop by occasionally to talk to people about the consequences of attracting bears by fish cleaning or improper trash storage. The sad thing is that if the bear becomes too accustomed to being around people and/or too aggressive, it will have to be killed for the safety of all. This is definitely the sort of thing we want to avoid.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Keep your trash properly stored and take it all with you when you leave the pond. Clean your fish at home. If you see others cleaning fish, approach them and let them know that it is against our rules and it is a bear-related safety issue. Ask to see their membership card and report them to the TFC if they do not comply wit the no-fish cleaning rule. If they will not show a membership card or guest pass, use your phone or camera to take a photo of their license plate and we will try to figure out who the offender is.
Thank you for your cooperation and you help with making our fishing amenity enjoyable for all.
LPROA Pond near Stagestop: The LPROA water augmentation pond near Stagestop was evaluated last September 2009 by a limnologist, Dr. Chris Holdren. Reports of floating blue-green scum caused concern that there was something in the water that could make the fish dangerous to eat; however, we found that was not the case. Instead, we learned that we had a non-toxic variety of blue-green algae. When the blue-green algae die, they clump together to form floating scums. The scums are unsightly and also produce odors. They also block some amount of sunlight that aquatic plants need for producing oxygen needed by the fish. Dr. Holdren gave some suggestions for maintaining good water quality, the main one being pumping in more fresh water. Read the full report.
In 2011, we again had a few fish die at the pond at Stagestop. Lost Park Ranch has started the pump going and is again overflowing the pond to keep fresher water in there so the fish will have an easier time surviving.
Ponds in Lost Park Ranch: Stagestop has finished repairing both of the ponds in Lost Park Ranch. The ponds are now filled and were stocked this year with trout and some silvery minnows for food until the pond ecosystem begins producing enough food for the trout. You may wonder why SOA is responsible for fixing the ponds located in Lost Park Ranch near Copenhaver and Old House Road. Although, the ponds are used by the TFC for fishing and they are located on LPROA property, the main purpose of the ponds is for SOA to store water required by their water augmentation plan so they can replace winter depletion caused by their wells. Water rights the developers obtained for Stagestop were on House Creek and the location was a convenient place to build the water storage ponds so Stagestop was given an easement to maintain their water augmentation reservoir on Lost Park Ranch land.
So, where is the Lost Park Ranch water augmentation reservoir? It is located on the 40-acres that LPROA owns near Stagestop—a convenient location for storage of the water rights purchased for Lost Park Ranch.