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Fishing, boating and more available at Windsor Lake as summer approaches

Emily.Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

A Windsor resident got a surprise this past week when he hooked a 15-pound catfish in Windsor Lake.

Ron Compton said he was using salmon eggs and was surprised when he got a bite and the large fish pulled the line of his fishing rod almost halfway out before he was able to reel it in.

The Windsor Lake, 100 N. 5th St., is stocked with yellow perch fingerling, bluegill, channel catfish and trout.

Fishing is allowed year-round on Windsor Lake when no ice is present with a valid fishing license, according to the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department website.

Eric Lucas, the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department director, said the lake is stocked with trout by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, typically in early May.

In spring and fall, Lucas said the largest number of Windsor and area residents fish on the lake, with fewer in the summer.

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"In a body of water like the Windsor Lake (residents fish in spring and fall) because some of the more favorable fish like bass and trout enjoy colder water," he said.

Catfish seem to be easier to catch in the summer, Lucas said, because they tend to like warmer water.

On Monday, Albert Ortiz and Anastasia Ortiz, 14, were out fishing, even though the afternoon weather turned windy and cooler.

"This is really good fishing weather," Albert Ortiz said.

Windsor Lake will soon open for water craft rentals and motorized or non-motorized boating, as well, according to a news release from the town of Windsor.

The lake will open for boating May 27, and motorized boats can operate on Windsor Lake with a permit and reservation from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 27 through Aug. 8, and Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 12 through Sept. 17. Motorized boating will not be allowed July 4, according to the release.

From May 27 through Aug. 8, non-motorized boats can only be on the lake Sunday through Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours. After Aug. 8, non-motorized boats can be on the lake year round from sunrise to sunset as long as ice is not present, according to the release

Boating permits

Permits can be purchased at the Community Recreation Center, and permit holders are scheduled on the lake on motorized days on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a news release from the town of Windsor. A maximum of 20 permits will be sold at $15 for residents and $25 non-residents for a half day, and $450 annually for residents. If permits are not sold by June 5, they will be open to non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Daily and annual permit holders must call (970) 674-3500 to request their time and day of the week to reserve a spot on the lake no earlier than Monday of that week.

According to the release, all non-motorized water craft outside of the swim beach must purchase a current town of Windsor permit to use the lake at $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents for a day permit, $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents for an annual permit. One permit per craft is required.

Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and aqua trikes are available to rent at the Windsor Lake concessions building at $5 for 30 minutes. Rentals will be available from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 29 through Aug. 7, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, June 1 through Aug. 4, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 27 through Sept. 17.

Jet skis are not permitted on Windsor Lake, according to the release.

For Colorado boating statutes and regulations call 303-791-1954 or visit parks.state.co.us.

Fishing at Windsor Lake

Fishing is allowed at Windsor Lake year round when ice is not present, but a valid fishing license is required, according to the release. Night fishing is allowed from the south end of the parking lot on Colo. 257 north to the inlet bridge of the lake only.

For information on rules and regulations or fishing licenses, call 1-800-244-5613 or visit wildlife.state.co.us.

Swimming

Swimming is permitted at the Windsor Lake Swim Beach within areas designated by ropes and buoys only during daylight hours, according to the release. No lifeguard is on duty, and all children 9 years old and under must be accompanied by a responsible guardian 16 years or older.

A dog swim beach and dog park is open on the northeast side of the lake.

For more information, view Windsor’s Activity Guide at windsorgov.com/ActivityGuide.

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