Post By: quincykid Posted: 3/25/2017 8:46:30 PMPoints: 228
so today i say my very first river otter while fly fishing today! i was fishing around a giant boulder that had a cut under it from water erosion and all of a sudden it popped out no more than 2 feet from me stood up looked at me for 5-10 seconds and darted back into the water under the boulder! i left the area because i didnt want to disturb it anymore.
i filled out a sighting report on the parks and wildlife website, but it brings up some questions i have for everyone.
1. have any of you seen river otters recently? 2. was i doing something it didn't like for it to come so close to me?
im interested in all of your guys thoughts on this!
Although I have never seen one in person, my guess is the critter just wanted to see what was going on. It's my understanding otters are curious, (and playful), by nature, so I don't think you were doing anything wrong, he/she was just saying "hello". It was good that you left the area, and that you made a sighting report. Kudos!
Back in the late 90's I saw one on the South Platte near where it joins with the Big Thompson. Was duck/goose hunting and walked the river during the middle of the day to see if any crippled geese might be along the river. An otter was rolling around in the water next to a large tree. Watched him for several minutes then he went under and swam off as I approached.
Last year while fishing at Golden Ponds in Longmont, I saw an otter duck under some riprap, pop up to look at me, then duck back under and disappear.