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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Feeding Wildlife

CPW wants to let citizens know that feeding corn and grain to some big game animals can be toxic and cause their death. Recently, four big game animals died on the Front Range as a result of being fed.

Deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other ungulates are all ruminants, animals with a complex digestive system composed of a four chambered stomach. These animals digest plant-based food through fermentation in a specialized stomach.

"Wildlife are well adapted to feed on natural food sources; they don’t need food from humans," said Matt Martinez, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer in the Parker area. "People think that feeding wildlife doesn’t negatively affect wildlife, but in reality it is irresponsible and often leads to the death of the animal being fed."

A law passed in 1992 makes it illegal to feed big game animals. 

This includes deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and bears. 

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June 2017 Fishing Experience
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Family Fun
Washer Toss Game

The washer toss game is a perfect game to take on your next camping trip. It's fun for the whole family, and it's easy to learn.

Washer toss is similar to horseshoes, but easier to learn and more practical for young children. (Have you tried horseshoes? Getting a ringer is not so easy!) Everyone can play together.

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August Around Town
  • Vino and Notes

    August 05, 2017 in Woodland Park
    Settle in with an amazing glass of wine from 20 wineries, a bite to...
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  • Pop, Bang and Fizz

    August 26, 2017 in Woodland Park
    A little of this, a little of that, some wild reactions is where it..
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    3rd Annual Cripple Creek Tesla Rally

    August 12 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
    City of Cripple Creek, Bennett Avenue 

    Come join us for the largest gathering of Teslas in Colorado!

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    25th Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally & 30th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm

    The City of Cripple Creek welcomes the Salute to American Veterans Rally August 18 - 20, 2017 for a show-stopping, patriotic display that recognizes our nation's finest. Join us on Saturday for an impressive parade and the 30th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride - Colorado's largest procession of motorcycles.

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    Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall Dedication

    August 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Teller County Road # 1 
     

    The Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall offers a place to reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom. Any members of our Armed Forces who were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 and were stationed at one of our five area installations, had a home of record in El Paso or Teller County or graduated from the Air Force Academy are listed on the wall in remembrance of their sacrifice and service.

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    District Museum Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

    August 25 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm
    Free

    Join us for The Cripple Creek District Museum's Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show. Featuring the Adventure "Rock-Hound Expedition" with Special Guests from the Hit Dhow Prospectors! An event that's gonna be talked about for Quite awhile! A show with a twist, so join our Rock-Hound Expedition for Daily Prizes.

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Fishing Tips

THE FOUR FUNDAMENTALS OF SUCCESSFUL FISHING
Harold Blaisdell

Here are some tried-and-true fishing tips from an expert fisherman.

BE AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

General rules regarding the right time are as follows: 

  • Trout are abundant when water temperatures are between 50ºF and 55ºF. For fly-fishermen, this is when mayflies are hatching and trout are feeding at the surface, usually from dusk to dark during the summer. For bait fishermen, the right time is early spring, when stream levels rise.
  • Smallmouth bass are abundant during spawning season (late May to early June) wherever the law allows. Cast to the shoreline with fly-rod lures.
  • Largemouth bass are all-season feeders, with depth more important than time. They will cruise the shoreline after dark, so use a flashlight sparingly.
  • Northern pike, pickerel, and panfish are all-season biters as well.
  • Walleyes can be caught during spawning runs where legal (late April and early May). After spawning, look along shorelines, where they tend to cruise in schools.
  • Landlocked salmon are ready from ice-out until surface temperatures approach 60ºF.
  • Bullheads feed most actively at night. 
FISH AT THE PROPER DEPTH.

Determining the right depth is of critical importance, especially in lake fishing.

  • Shallow depths are tolerated by northern pike, pickerel, largemouth bass, and panfish. They can be caught throughout the season in water bordering weed beds, around sunken brush, and in the shade.
  • Thermocline-level fish dwell approximately 20 to 35 feet below the surface, and include trout, walleye, and smallmouth bass. They are attracted to hot spots such as drop-offs and sunken reefs. Once you've found them, fish natural baits within inches of the bottom.
USE THE CORRECT BAIT OR LURE.

Most species have a particular preference:

Baits
  • Nightcrawlers are preferred by trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, bullheads, small catfish, and eels.
  • Crayfish are preferred by trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass.
  • Minnows are preferred by trout, northern pike, pickerel, smallmouth bass, and walleye.
  • Smelt is preferred by landlocked salmon.
Lures
  • Streamers attract trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass.
  • Plugs attract smallmouth and largemouth bass.
  • Popping bugs attract northern pike, pickerel, panfish, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass.
  • Wobblers attract landlocked salmon, walleye, and trout.

                Pictures of streamer, plug, popping bug, and wobbler

USE THE PROPER PRESENTATION.

Even if you follow the three steps above, you can still come home empty-handed because of faulty presentation.

  • Remember, natural baits appeal to fish hunger. Lures draw strikes by exciting fish to attack.
  • Use the smallest hooks, lightest sinkers, and finest lines and leaders that are practical. This will avoid causing alarm and suspicion.
  • The secret of success with lures is erratic retrieves. Experiment with different variations.

Following these tips will improve your chances of a good catch but will not guarantee it. On some days, the fish win. Remember, only a poor loser begrudges a worthy opponent his share of victory.

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook on one end and a fool on the other. 
–proverb

SOURCE: The 1981 Old Farmer's Almanac

            USE THIS FLY TO CATCH FISH ANYWHERE IN COLORADO

The cliché holds there are only two things in life that you can count on: death and taxes. Yet, if you’re an angler in Colorado, there are actually three. The third is that you can catch a lot of fish on chironomids.

What is a chironomid you ask? While it sounds like an evil character from a science-fiction movie, chironomids (pronounced “KYRO-nomids”) are actually members of the Chironomidae midge family. Midges are tiny flies that resemble gnats or mosquitos. They are the most prevalent aquatic insects in Colorado, making up more than 50 percent of a fish’s diet in some waters. While tricky to pronounce, fishing with chironomids is quite easy.

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Bringing Awareness
Extreme caution with all campfires.
During extreme dry periods campfires may be banned. If so, a sign will be posted at the entrance of the main gate. Please if you are not sure if you may have a campfire, feel free to contact the main office. For current burn ban status, please call Teller County Sheriff`s office at 719-687-9652.
 
We encourage all members to sign up for NIXLE alerts by clicking on this link: nixle.com/register/
(A free alert service that you can cancel at any time) 
 
Use the following address:
Trout Lake Rd
Florissant, CO 80816
You may also contact the Resort for fire ban status.
 
Click here for Descriptions of Fire Bans
The Lost Dutchman Resort Website

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road and lake conditions, or for information on whats new for 2017 on the Resort


www.lostdutchmanresort.com


New 2017 "Members Only" Section Password

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2017-2018 FISHING CONTEST
(MAY 2017-APRIL 2018)


Send in Those Pictures!
Send us a picture of your prize catch. Reminder that we need a picture of you, your fish ,date you caught your fish, length of fish and the lake you caught it at. Don`t forget to include your big fish story of how you caught that prize winning fish. eg. bait used, technique 
Please send in your pictures and story to 
LDR@ PKENTERPRISESINC.COM
Resort Lake Fishing Reminders 
 
Brown Trout Reminder:
All brown trout caught must be released back into the water immediately

Fishing Activity Report:
Please fill out a Fishing Activity Report for ALL fishing. 
 
You may submit your fishing activity report through the website.
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