North Platte WU
Thursday September 13, 2007
at Wyoming Game and Fish
Due to our usual meeting room not being available, our September meeting will be on the second Thursday of the month, the 13th, at the Game and Fish Building. It will be at our normal time.
We are considering the possibility of sponsoring some scholarships at Casper College. Details are still being worked out. If you have any thoughts we would like to hear them.
The Casper Fire/EMS Department is having some issues this year with the life jacket loaner program. It seems that the larger adult sizes are not being returned. Jack Moore, the fire department coordinator of the program, says he is having problems with good record keeping and tracking of the life jackets. The problems seem to only related to the adult sizes. For some reason it seems those folks who borrow the children's life jackets are more responsible and return them without much problems. We will look into some possible solutions as this is a good program and deserves some brainstorming.
At the Lowrance Pro Team Walleye Circuit on Devils Lake August 22-24, 2007 our own Kevin Reinhart and John Green barely made the cut for the final day and then proceeded to finish third overall and received a nice check of $10,000. Good job guys.
While the rest of the Pro Teams were setting up for their first trolling pass, Lund Pro, Jason Feldner, and Chris Koth were putting their 5th walleye in the live-well. It would only take 11 minutes to put the first five keepers in the box, and another 29 minutes to go through another 8 fish, of which, three of those would upgrade their days catch, giving them a total weight of 31.29 pounds…6.14 pounds over second place!
Each month at our meeting we draw a name from our entire membership. If that member wins a gift certificate from Sportsman's Warehouse. We increase the prize value by $10 each month. Last month's winning loser was Fred Trujillo. The Sept prize is now worth $150.
At last month's meeting we had some elections for club officers and directors. Billy Brenton was retained as club president as no one else wanted the job. Our previous secretary John Green was elected to Vice President and Brian Woodward was tricked into accepting the job of Secretary. LaCinda Tilton does such a fine job as Tresurer we decided to keep her. Our newest Directors are John Marohn and Jay Zastrow. We still need to elect one more Director is anyone is looking for a part time job.
We are looking for someone who has experience writing grant requests. It seems it is possible for us to receive matching funds for some if not most of the projects we support and fund. Anybody out there?
Useless facts and space filler
September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month
Sept 2 is National Beheading Day (I don't make this stuff up)
Sept 13 is National Peanut Day
Sept 19 is National Butterscotch Pudding Day
Fishing reports, tips and tricks
I received some calls late in Aug. telling me the only usable boat ramp at Glendo was at Reno. Some folks were upset at the lake levels or lack thereof. I made some phone calls and did some online research. This was done on the 27th of Aug.
A call to the Bureau of Reclamation, which controls the whole North Platte system revealed that Glendo would start to end the high out flow starting that week. Watching the inflow/outflow daily con firmed that information as on Thursday, Glendo started to show a higher inflow than outflow.
While Glendo didn't reach an all time record low level this year, it did come close. As I write this the final data isn't available yet but it appears the lake reached a bit less than 80,000 acre feet of storage. Aug levels were lower in 1964 and 1989. There is 15 years in which the lake reached levels of less that 80,00 acre feet during the month of Sept. with the lowest level reached in 1969 was slightly more than 41,000 acre feet.
This would be a good time to go to Glendo to map the humps and flats that are now out of water and give you an idea of possible structure. Use prudence as you don't want to find this structure at speed by accident.
Vertical jigging with spoons is starting to be effective at Glendo. Trolling deep with #5 shad raps and other smaller cranks also shows sporadic results.. Minnow colors have been working . Now that the lake is on the rise the fish may start moving to more shallow waters.
Worm harnesses were still working at Alcova. Silver blades were working. Orange and green are worth a try also.
Pathfinder and Seminoe are still on high discharge and need watching to see how they end up. I did learn that the maximum capacity of the electrical generating turbines below Pathfinder is slightly above 2500 cfs so it is running at full discharge at the moment. We really need some moisture this fall and winter.
Area lake levels as of 8-30-07
Glendo............16.4% full...........inflow 3789cfs.........outflow 1996 cfs...lake drop -22.5 ft
Boysen............54.7% full ..........inflow 467 cfs ..........outflow 950 cfs ....lake drop -2.5 ft
Pathfinder .....18.5% full ..........inflow 1421 cfs .........outflow 2586 cfs ..lake drop -3 ft
Alcova ............97.6% full ..........inflow 2586 cfs .........outflow 2390 cfs ...lake drop 0 ft
Seminoe .........24.4% full ..........inflow 159 cfs ...........outflow 1481 cfs ...lake drop -13 ft
Area lake levels as of 7-29-07
Glendo............... 48.8 % full...... inflow 2210 cfs.........outflow 7521 cfs....lake drop...-10ft
Boysen............... 59.5 % full.......inflow 1012 cfs.... ....outflow 1203 cfs.... lake drop...-3ft
Pathfinder...........20.4 % full....... inflow 2450 cfs....... outflow 2624 cfs.... lake drop...-6ft
Alcova................. 98% full.......... inflow 2624 cfs.......outflow 2297 cfs.... lake drop...0ft
Seminoe............. 37.6% full....... inflow 764 cfs..........outflow 2516 cfs....lake drop....-8ft
Jet sprint boats:
Being boat people I thought you might to know about some other, rather odd and crazy boat people.
Seems they take an area about the size of a football field, dig a trench about 15 feet wide with a maximum depth of 3 feet all over this place with zigs and zags and crisscross's. Then they take their boats which are about 12 to 13 feet long, plop a huge inboard motor with up to 1200 horse power into it and fasten a big water jet to the back.
Then they race around this course one at a time. After the very first time they did this they discovered a basic flaw in their plan. They patched the flaw by adding roll bars and full 5 point seat belts to the boats. Yes, roll bars and seat belts, which they put to use often as they fly through the course at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. To see this in action do a internet search for "Jet Sprint boats". There are some amazing videos to view concerning these loonies.
Willing to trade 10" ice auger blade for an 8" blade for Jiffy model 30. Contact Bob Heck 234-0453
Ethanol fuel in boats:
There is many articles on the internet regarding the subject of ethanol in boats. Seems the consensus is that it should be avoided if at all possible unless it has been specifically approved by your boat man- ufacturer.
It has been stated that ethanol added to gasoline can remove the resins and plasticizers from plastics and rubber componets of the fuel systems. The most common types of plastic fuel tanks used in boats are not ethanol resistant.
It is also claimed that ethanol can act as a detergent and loosens rust, gunk, and other stuff inside your fuel system and clog your filters or gas lines. It might eat a hole in your tank and empty your tank into the bilge.
Ethanol also has a short shelf life. In a few short weeks the octane of ethanol mixed fuels is decreased which can cause operational problems and worse problems during winter storage.
These businesses support us
Here is the list of Donors and Sponsors of our 2007 Banquet. Drop by and say thanks!
Some great quotes
Hard work never killed anybody. But why take a chance? -- Edgar Bergen
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. -- Edgar Bergen, (Charlie McCarthy)
I may not be good looking, but I make up for it with my dazzling lack of personality. -- Anonymous
On the lighter side
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued.. and WON!
Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be "unacceptable fire" and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars lost in the "fires".
After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!
With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.
Tight Lines -- Woody G.
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