Monday, October 10, 2011

Upcoming Changes To Adventure Colorado

I'm excited to announce some changes here at Adventure Colorado.  I've had the Adventure Colorado Blog going for about 8 months now.  In that time a lot of you have come by to read about my fishing trips and other information.  I'm grateful to everyone that comes by and checks out my posts.

In order to help the site grow for the long term, I've decided to make a couple changes.  First off, if you haven't already noticed, I've obtained the domain name  While I will still be using the Blogger interface, it will no longer be in the web address.  Hopefully some of the people that drop by and then don't come back will think a little higher of the site if it doesn't have a blogspot address.  If you have the site bookmarked, or if you have links to me, don't forget to switch them over.  Don't worry too much though, http://adventurecolorado.blogspot com will now redirect to the new site.

Along with the change in the URL, I will be changing the name of the blog to Rocky Mountain Adventure.  I've decided that even though I fish, hike and camp primarily in Colorado, I want to encourage visitors and even contributors from a broader area.  

The last change is one that may cause more problems to some of my readers.  I will be changing the layout of the blog.  I've been worried for a little while that the dark background and light text is difficult to read for some people.  I haven't quite decided what the site will look like yet, so I may be trying out a couple different formats.  If you see one that you like, or that you hate, let me know!  You can e-mail me here.

Also in order to provide as much high quality content as possible, I'm interested in guest posts.  If you write on topics similar to those on this site, e-mail me about writing some content and getting it posted here, here is my e-mail address again.

So what are your thoughts on the changes here?  Let me know by e-mail or in the comment section below.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Printable Geocaching Logs

Here is one of my more popular posts from, with some of the upcoming changes that I will be talking about soon, I am probably going to post more about Geocaching here on this site again.  Keep checking back for more updates.  There are some exciting things coming here in the next couple weeks.
Finding a micro Geocache

I haven't had a lot of time to go Geocaching recently.  Since I don't have any caches to post about, I figured I would post a resource for printable Geocaching logs.  I know that when I hid my caches, I didn't want to wait for logs ordered from an online source (not that there is anything wrong with getting them that way).

The best site that I have found has to be Techblazer.  There you can print off logs in several different dimensions, with various info and in color or black and white.  That is where I found mine, I would definitely suggest you start there if you are looking for printable logs.

Of course you can go directly though Groundspeak and get the official log books.  Click the link here, to see what they have to offer.

Either way, logs are easy to get your hands on, so find a container and print off a log to start hiding your own geocaches.  Do you know of any other great resources?  Let's hear what you use in the comment section below.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bonny Reservoir Fish Salvage

On September 21, 2011, the Colorado State Engineer started releasing water from Bonny Reservoir.  The State claims that the lake must be drained to satisfy legal obligations for supplying water to Kansas and Nebraska.  The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) believes that the draining will most likely result in the complete loss of the reservoir.

On September 23, the DOW released a press release stating that they would be trapping and relocating as many of the sport fish as possible.  The will also continue to allow fisherman access to the lake to help remove fish from the draining lake.  As long as it is still safe to access the banks of the lake, the DOW will try to allow access to the lake.

All manners of take will be permitted, including trotlines, jugs and seines.  The DOW has also removed all limits on species and numbers of fish, but will still require that everyone fishing at the lake has a valid Colorado fishing license.  They will also require everyone to fill out an angler survey card, available at the reservoir.

As the lake is drained, Bonny will transition from a State Park, to a State Wildlife Area.

You can read the full press release on the DOW site here:
Bonny Lake Fish Salvage Authorized

What are your opinions on the draining of Bonny Reservoir?  Is it really necessary to provide water downstream?  Or is it just one less lake for the state to manage?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Colorado Division Of Wildlife Is Giving Away Free Salmon!

Check out the 2013 announcement here.

Each year the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) gathers along several rivers throughout the state to collect eggs from spawning Kokanee Salmon.  The eggs collected from these fish are then used by the DOW to raise a new generation of Salmon.  Once the Salmon are a little older they are reintroduced to lakes all over the state.   Once they are done "milking" the Salmon for the eggs, they want to give those Salmon away, free!

Just like their Pacific brothers, famous for returning to rivers along Washington, Canada and Alaska, the Kokanee Salmon in Colorado will die shortly after spawning.  The DOW has decided that after milking the fish, they will give them away, rather than releasing them, only to die shortly afterwards.  That way others can take advantage of the meat that the Salmon have to offer, instead of letting them go to waste.

That means that if you have a Colorado fishing license, and you're willing to drive to one of the pick up points, you could receive some free Salmon.  The giveaways are, of course, first come, first serve.  They are also dependent on the number of fish that are actually collect by the DOW. 

Here are the giveaway locations and dates:

  • Roaring Judy hatchery near Almont, Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4; be in line by 9 a.m.; call 970-641-7070 for information.
  • Vallecito Reservoir, community center on northwest side of reservoir; 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 and 11; call 970-247-0855.
  • Dolores River, Joe Rowell Town Park in Dolores; 3 p.m. on Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10; call 970-247-0855.
  • Williams Fork Reservoir, at reservoir inlet; Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 3; call 970-725-6200.
  • Granby at Shadow Mountain; Nov. 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 and 28; call 970-725-6200.
So if you are looking for Salmon, make sure you check out those dates!  You can always try to catch your own Salmon as well!

Check out some more of my posts on Salmon:

Learning To Cacth Salmon
Smoked Salmon Recipe

Want to catch your own salmon?  Check out the video below for some of my favorite lures and info for salmon:

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Well, I know that I haven't been posting as much recently.  Fortunately many of you have still been coming to read previous posts, which is great, because I was hoping that this blog could become a resource and not just a place to check for updates.  As I logged on this morning, I noticed that the number of views was at exactly 5000.  I just thought I would share that milestone with some of my regular readers.  Keep checking back, as I will try to add some more content soon.

If you have any suggestions about what to write on, let me know in the comment section below.  Also, if you are new to the site, check out my top five posts.  The posts below are ranked in order of number of views:

Trolling With Lead Core Line- Getting Set Up.
Trolling With Lead Core Line- In The Water
Home-Made Fishing Pole Float
Trolling With Lead Core Line- What Is It?
Big Brown Trout From Eleven Mile State Park