Fish Tails and Fish Tales: A Fishy Leadville Monday
Fishing report: Leadville’s The Place!
The weather is still good in the high country, with warm days and cooler nights. Take advantage of “off-season” fishing and the incredible fall foliage.
Here’s Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides, right here in Leadville, with the latest fishing report. Hint: Be sure to check out the Fall discounts offered at the end of Tim’s report!
Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista)
The Upper Arkansas River Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Project is taking place in the State Trust Land, the Reddy Easement, and Hayden Meadows for the duration of the season. It is important to note that this project does affect water clarity to varying degrees throughout the day. Areas above the Lake Creek confluence are best fished early or in the evenings, and they do not work in the river on weekends.
Despite the restorative effort affecting clarity, lower flows have the entire headwaters totally accessible for the walk/wade angler and the fishing remains great.
Hoppers are still around and there is a prevalent midge presence. There are also a few types of mayflies hatching (PMD, Quill, and BWO) so fish will look up at these patterns. However, nymphing with small stones or copper johns with a small mayfly or midge emerger as a trailer is providing the most consistent action.
Fish Hatchery Pavilion Almost Complete
The Pavilion at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is nearing completion. The covered pavilion has been constructed at the picnic area up at Evergreen Lake. The structure’s design has given great attention to detail, including a tongue and groove beetle-kill wood ceiling, and other unique features.
The $39,000 facility was made possible by the efforts of the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, as well as a $27,000 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Climax Area Community Investment Fund grant. The dedication ceremony for the Pavilion is planned for the end of September, early October, depending on weather and construction schedule.
Fish Tales: Don’t Get Hooked . . . Just Yet!
There are fish tails and then, there are fish tales. Assuming that most readers know the difference, Leadville Today offers the following information and links for those wanting to keep up on the unfolding National Fish Hatchery story.
Say what? For those who may not have caught wind of the news, there has been discussion, particularly concerning the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish, South Dakota, that national fisheries could be on the Federal budget chopping block. And of course, that conversation includes Leadville’s National Fish Hatchery.Leadville National Fish Hatchery, established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. Recent reports of possible hatchery closings has the facility on alert, although no offical announcement has been made.
But after a brief, informative conversation with Ed Stege, manager of the local hatchery, it seems like the jury is still out on what exactly will happen. No official announcement has been made.
In fact, many news stories regarding the Booth South Dakota Fish Hatchery are not clear about exactly what the Feds have cut, or who even released the news in the first place. Early reports indicated strong urgency, stating that the Booth hatchery could close as early as Oct. 1, then that date changed to Nov. 1, and now any tangible date seems to have been taken off the table altogether.
That’s not to say Leadville should not have a heightened level of awareness regarding the situation.
To that end, Leadville Today spoke with Judy Cole of the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. At this point, since no official decision has been made, the non-profit group is letting the local hatchery office take the news lead. Therefore, not much to report – today.
“We are taking a wait and see attitude, waiting for an announcement, which should be coming out in a week or two,” said Cole. “If Leadville’s on that list, we’ll be ready to mobilize.” At that point, the local community would be alerted as to how they can help.
“We’re hopeful, but definitely considering our options,” concluded Cole. Stay tuned to Leadville Today for updates.