Spring thaw…

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Ice fishing and shore fishing were almost nonexistent recently as the lake ice was thinning and the first eight feet of shore were open water, making it pretty tough to get out of the ice. With the recent warm temperatures Kenney Reservoir and Rio Blanco Lake, both between Meeker and Rangely along State Highway 64, […]

One NW Colorado river upgraded to Gold Medal water, one downgraded

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising anglers about recent changes to the Gold Medal designations for sections of two rivers in the Northwest Region.

Ice fishing on Lake Avery…

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Sunday was a great sunny day to do some ice fishing at Lake Avery, about 21 miles east of Meeker. In addition to a couple of snowmobilers, the fishermen and women hauled bait, rods, reels, chairs and powered augers to cut a hole through the ice. One gentleman fisherman, who was just a bit frustrated, […]

Steamboat fishing tournament is Sunday

STEAMBOAT I Stagecoach State Park will host the fifth annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament is limited to 200 adult and 50 youth entries. Adults can register the morning of the event for $30, cash only. Youths under 16 can register free of charge […]

Rainbow trout make major comeback

RBC I After being devastated by whirling disease in the 1990s, rainbow trout populations are increasing in most major rivers in the state thanks to a 20-year effort by Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic scientists and biologists. “It’s been a long road, but bringing back populations of fish that were essentially extirpated from Colorado can […]

Lake Avery…

Ready to host visitors now that the weather has gotten warmer is the Lake Avery picnic area, just off County Road 8, roughly 21 miles east of Meeker. The picnic areas are clean and feature barbecue grills at each site, the restrooms are open and have been cleaned and the docks are in place so boats can launch and folks can spend an entire day enjoying the fun and sun.

In search of fish…

Sunday presented fishermen and women around Rio Blanco County with beautiful warm and sunny weather. Several folks from Craig came down to fish at Rio Blanco Lake, about 18 miles west of Meeker, because they said the fish they were after—crappie and perch—aren’t available in Moffat County. There were several groups fishing the lake and the anglers reported a few fish being landed and several hits that weren’t.

CPW: Licenses, permits and registrations now available for 2015-16

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations are on sale now for the 2015-16 season at licensing agents, CPW offices and online at cpw.state.co.us/.


Thin ice…

Weather on Sunday continued to be sunny and warm, causing the ice to thin even more on Rio Blanco Lake, located 18 miles west of Meeker along Highway 64 on the way to Rangely. Despite a small group of folks who were enjoying their day fishing (very top center left), the ice on most of the lake was much too thin and unsafe to drive a snow machine on.

Top hunting, fishing area opens to public along Yampa drainage

RBC I Western Rivers Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have now completed conservation of a historic property at the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek. The project conserves outstanding fish and wildlife habitat and opens new public access to a prime stretch of trophy trout water and […]

Hunting, fishing photos wanted

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RBC I The Rio Blanco Herald Times is currently working on its 2014 Northwest Colorado Hunting Guide, and the publication wants your hunting photos from last year or previous years.

CPW to open new archery range in Craig; fishing event also scheduled

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Northwest Colorado Outfitters Association, Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International, Brothers Meats and the Wyman Museum, invites families to celebrate the official opening of the new archery range by attending a family “Cast and Twang” seminar on Saturday.