Aspens, trout, snow and a moose
Passing along this beautiful photo recently taken at Wheeler Peak, N.M., the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet. The photo was taken by Donny Carter of Stratford on the eastern side of Bobcat Pass.
Donny Carter often sends photos from the Lower Mountain Fork and Blue rivers where he spends much of his time, but he just returned from a nine-day trout fishing trip in South Fork, Colo.
Donny reports catching lots of trout but nothing big. However, “the aspens were just beginning to turn and they were just beautiful,” he said.
Trout fishing in Oklahoma
Speaking of the Lower Mountain Fork River, a state wildlife official is going to give an update on trout fishing improvements on the Lower Mountain Fork and the Illinois rivers Tuesday night at Camp DaKaNi, located on E. Hefner Road in Oklahoma City.
Jeff Boxrucker, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will be addressing a joint meeting of the the Prairie Fly Fishers Club and the local Trout Unlimited chapter.
Most of the restoration work is complete on the Lower Mountain Fork River after last year’s devastating flood.
Boxrucker thinks Lost Creek is even better than before and said the flood actually carved out more and deeper holes along Spillway Creek which should make the fishing there even better.
However, the trout enhancement project on the Illinois River has been stalled due to the Wildlife Department losing its top stream biologists.
Paul Balkenbush and James Vincent have taken jobs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Boxrucker said the Wildlife Department now plans to hire an outside firm to perform the work. No date has been set on when that work might begin.
Snow skiing in Colorado
Speaking of Colorado, the snow skiing season is not far away and the Colorado Ski Country USA Colorado Gems Card is now available.
The card, which costs just $10, offers major discounts (in some cases even free lift tickets) at nine Gems ski areas: Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, SolVista Basin, and Sunlight Mountain Resort.
The Gems Card can be ordered from www.ShopColoradoSki.com. The cards are available until all are sold.
Speaking of another cool photo, Jennifer Rudolph from the Colorado Ski Country USA passed along this photo taken todayon(Monday) of a moose at Arapahoe Basin. The moose was at the base of the resort. Arapahoe Basin is located on the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass, a 96-mile drive west of Denver.