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Well... I'm going to give it a try this season.

by: John Stevens 12/13/2012

 Since coming to Colorado in the mid 1980's, I have been reluctant to try ice fishing here.  It's that whole cold days and nights, then 60 degree days melting the ice deal.  I just haven't felt very comfortable trying it yet.  I also wonder about the waters being reservoirs with their constantly changing water levels.  How does that affect the ice?

I have resolved to try ice fishing in Colorado this year!  I have bought 2 rods and reels ( thanks Bud!), and small box of jigs and spoons, a hand auger, and I have my trusty 6 gallon bucket.  I am a taller guy, so a 6 gallon bucket is much more comfortable than a five gallon one.

Now.... I need some helpful tips, safety advice, anything you can give to an old boy who wants to give the Colorado ice a try!

I look forward to your help and responses.

Good fishing!


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elkinthebag, CO   12/13/2012 11:59:36 PM
StAy off dark or crystal clear ice. Little cracks are good ice talk is good. If it feels like an earthquake around you run for shore. If you drill a hole and don't hit water run to shore find a different lake. There is no such thing as safe ice but there is good ice always be careful. As far as fishing most fish will hang towards bottom unless oxygen is depleted. If you don't catch a fish in 15 mins move holes. Try to watch the fishes reaction to your lure movement some want aggressive some want a little shake some want it dead sticked.
elkinthebag, CO   12/14/2012 12:00:35 AM
Go with bud he can reach you a lifetime of knowledge in a short time.
SnipeHuntin, CO   12/14/2012 1:19:50 AM
I would say head out with Bud or Shane sometime. They are the masters!
Flyrodn, CO   12/14/2012 11:22:42 AM
Keep it simple. First, like everything a bit of success goes a long way towards wanting more. So fish areas with a high chance of catching, trout are good. Second, pick fair weather days to start. High winds, cold, snowy days are not good for first timers. I'll be heading out after the first of the year (crutch free then) and I have a few beginners we're taking up, Red Feather Lakes will be a top choice as the fish are almost always cooperative.
cookster, CO   12/14/2012 12:24:40 PM
Good boots to keep your feet warm and dry. The rest is just fishing. See you on the ice.
reconfisher, WY   12/15/2012 2:29:12 PM
Let me know when you want to go Tiny!
Walleyeone, CO   12/15/2012 4:04:56 PM
John, you are more then welcome to join me on the ice anytime. I'll give you a call next time I go.
mwolfii, OH   12/15/2012 4:16:34 PM
hey man my name is mike im from cleveland ohio i came up here last year and ice fished. i have all my gear here and i would like to hit the ice, let me know if i can come with someone.
mwolfii, OH   12/15/2012 4:20:08 PM
any fishing actually please and ill return the favor thanks guys!
IceFishingFool, CO   12/15/2012 4:49:09 PM
It wont be to long Tiny, Helpful tips ? Um for you, (1) Get bigger feet LOL, (2) For starters on new ice, don,t get to close to Jon (Thats a lot of beef) standing in the same spot LMAO J/K. I was on the ice this morning at CC, not to fish, just checking.
JKaboom, CO   12/15/2012 4:53:28 PM
Make sure to have ice picks around your neck. Have good warm clothes and boots. Have chains/cleats for the warmest boots you can afford (I like surplus bunny boots). Go with someone who is good at it the first few times if possible. See you out there.
albow, CO   12/15/2012 8:18:28 PM
If people actually realized how much fun it is then everybody would do it, and that would spoil it! Go on a nice day and don't forget the sunscreen.
esoxrocks, CO   12/16/2012 7:02:56 AM
I've decided to give it a try this year as well. I’ve got no choice as I‘m already deep into fishing withdrawal this year. I’ve cleaned/winterized the boat, tuned-up all my reels, sharpened hooks, inventoried & reorganized tackle, and the winter has barely started. I’ve even decided to order soft water equipment slow and steady over the winter to keep me from jonesin’…but I know it won’t work… it’s time to hit the ice.
droolr, CO   12/20/2012 5:04:51 AM
if you want to catch lakers or trout at Gross res let me know . If we get ice on the main lake i can put you on numbers of fish and larger fish .
pbs, CO   12/20/2012 3:50:03 PM
Tiny...I gotta side with JAkaboom on this one. Safety should be #1 over all. Get some ice pics and wear them! Comfort is a great thing. Get yourself some good insulated boots. Walking around and working (drilling holes) is one thing, but sitting and fishing is another! You'd be surprised at how sitting with no activity will soon cause your feet and toes to feel the numb cold. Oh's a great idea to always fish with a buddy.
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