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Rainbow Trout Fishing Report at Waneka Lake

Rainbow Trout from Waneka Lake, May 2017
Rainbow Trout from Waneka Lake, May 2017
Waneka Lake is a heavy-use urban reservoir of about 55 acres in Lafayette, Colorado. The official website says the lake is stocked with bluegill, carp, crappie, large and smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch, but a co-worker of mine recently mentioned that trout are occasionally stocked. He pointed me to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Stocking Report which details where in Colorado “catchable” trout were recently stocked, a great resource I didn’t know existed.

The stocking report indicated Waneka Lake had been stocked on May 2nd of this year, so with my new found trout information I visited Waneka after work one day in mid-May. My co-worker said he had no luck with Power Bait, but good luck with a little Rooster Tail. I decided to try a little gold Kastmaster spoon and within a couple minutes I landed a nice Rainbow Trout. Within 15 minutes I had a couple more Rainbow. After that the action slowed down and I only caught one more in the next 30 minutes, but that was enough to call the evening a success. I went a week later and caught a couple more nice Rainbow Trout.

It looks like Waneka only gets stocked every couple of years so if you’re looking for Rainbow it might be best to get over there sooner rather than later. I’ve done some bass fishing at Waneka without any luck, but I see lots of fisherman at Waneka Lake throughout the year. With a running trail, a park, a boathouse and disc golf course, the lake sees a lot of traffic, but at least for now, the fishing seems pretty good.

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Sandstone Ranch Fishing Report

A quick note about fishing at Sandstone Ranch. Recently I was talking to the guy behind the counter at Longmont Indoor Soccer when he mentioned he caught a nice pound or so bass at Sandstone Ranch. He even whipped out a picture on his phone. Since Josh practices and plays his home soccer games at Sandstone Ranch, I’m there pretty often. There is one small pond on the South side of the soccer fields, which I’ve fished before with only mild success (a few sunfish and very, very small bass).

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Bass caught at Sandstone Ranch, March 2016

So a couple days later I’m at one of Josh’s soccer games and wander over to the pond to try my luck. The pond is very small, maybe a hundred yards long and twenty yards wide. On the Southwest end of the pond are some reeds, and after about 10 minutes I pulled out what was probably the same fish the other guy caught and photographed. Weather was fairly warm for Spring in Colorado, and I caught the bass on a little crankbait by the reeds. I had a couple other bites in the same area, but nothing elsewhere, and didn’t land anything else in the 20 minutes I wet a line. I’ve only had success on the west bank, and never caught anything on the east bank, for whatever that’s worth in a pond that size.

Anywho, the sad part is that’s probably the nicest bass I’ve caught in the Boulder area since we moved here three years ago (Sandstone is actually in Weld County, East of Longmont).

Happy Fishing.

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David Does Winter

David posted a couple of videos recently on the Familyvance YouTube Channel that we hope you’ll watch as an enticement to come visit Colorado in Winter. Our Texas friends and family always blanch at visiting in Winter because they think it’s too cold. It’s not, it’s awesome weather for being outside, and it makes sitting by the fire afterward all the more special.

The first video is just to show what it’s like to run in Winter through snow and ice (spoiler: not that bad, kind of fun). The second video is a trip to Eldora to snowboard and ski with his sister, Valerie and family. Only Valerie appears in the video, but there should be another video produced soon that will show Elijah, Joshua, Lindsay, Lauren … the whole crew.

The videos are a little wobbly, but hopefully they give you an idea about living in a winter wonderland. We mostly love it because of adventures like these. Enjoy.

David Goes Running

David Goes Snowboarding

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David Goes Snowboarding

Like it says, DV went snowboarding this time, and you get another janky video. Check out the awesomeness on Knob, David’s website.

Or if you can’t wait, just behold the brilliance below:

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David Goes Skiing

And he made a video. Because Internet.

Taken Nov 23rd, 2015 at Copper Mountain. I-70 is death.