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Post By: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/26/2012 8:01:39 AM     Points: 374    
Any updates on any of these? Its getting close to the time I start taking off exploring some mountain lakes and getting out of the city which is what I love to do. Last year with all the snow I remember waiting until close to July for a lot of places..looking at google maps now a lot of the lakes appear to be snow free this early in the year already! If anyone has any good mountain spots..with a hike doesn't matter to get at some cutts or nice brookies let me know and we can trade some spots or something.

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 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/26/2012 1:56:15 PM     Points: 374    
 Reply by: Vanish      Posted: 4/26/2012 2:06:09 PM     Points: 868    
I think someone went up there a couple weeks ago posted about it on Colorado Mountain Fishing. They hit Left Hand Res and it was half open. Got the skunk. If I am remembering correctly!
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/26/2012 2:11:13 PM     Points: 374    
The Lefthand road is open already? I remember it was closer to July last year. It looks like its open and the lake half open from the maps.
 Reply by: ckbullrider      Posted: 4/26/2012 4:26:51 PM     Points: 114    
send me an email and ill give you some real good places to go with nice fish and a good hike to get to them
 Reply by: Billybob      Posted: 4/26/2012 8:18:09 PM     Points: 1785    
I'm like you, I can't wait to get up there. I'm glad it's been reasonably warm, get the ice off those high elevation lakes asap as far as I'm concerned.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/27/2012 8:50:27 AM     Points: 374    
I sent an email..anyone else feel free to jump in.
 Reply by: catchn      Posted: 4/27/2012 9:54:41 AM     Points: 218    
Doubt the road is open to cars. I believe he said he hiked the road and wasn't post holing to bad, you can hike it anytime it doesn't have to be open. It was still closed in June last year.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/27/2012 10:01:21 AM     Points: 374    
I'll call and find out some more info? How long is the hike? I remember it being a decent drive last year.
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 4/27/2012 10:38:38 AM     Points: 718    
I seriously doubt that the road to lefthand is open. Contact the USFS office in Boulder and the ranger can tell you for sure.

Other locations include Yankee Doodle, Lake Jenny, and a whole group of lakes up on Rollins Pass. If you explore around that area, you can really find some nice suprises - species wise.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/27/2012 10:55:50 AM     Points: 374    
I live 6 blocks from the ranger station in Boulder..I'm going to stop by on my lunch break quick and get some updates. I highly doubt Rollins Pass is open yet to get to yankee doodle. I caught a bunch there last year in July and even make it to the Forest Lakes for some brookies.

gsn1574 - whats your email maybe we can share some spots and info.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/27/2012 1:25:54 PM     Points: 374    
I stopped at ranger station at lunch and got some info. Lefthand road is closed..probably until 3rd week in May (mile and a half hike). 4th of July road open but unknown how far you can get. Rollins Pass is open but again unknown how far you can get, my guess is you can't make it all the way up to Yankee Doodle. Gross is closed, again probably until 3rd week in May. Any input as to how far you can make it on Rollins would be appreciated.
 Reply by: Snagaddict      Posted: 4/27/2012 1:36:38 PM     Points: 281    
I went and tried the trail to crater lakes and couldn't make it. At the tunnel there was no snow, but as soon as you cross the second creek and get into the shade the snow is knee deep+. We lost the trail and had to turn back. This was on Monday.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/27/2012 4:27:25 PM     Points: 374    
How far of a hike is it to Crater Lakes? Good fishing? Cutts?
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 5/2/2012 7:19:16 AM     Points: 718    
These post can really get buried if you don't respond quick.
Native cuttie, email me at
 Reply by: hackelmend      Posted: 5/2/2012 8:04:59 PM     Points: 42    
The hike to the lower crater lakes is about 4.5 miles. Both have cutts and brookies. If you continue on the trail past crater you can get to heart lake as well. Nice cutts in there as well, and about the same hike, little easier.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 5/3/2012 1:26:03 PM     Points: 374    
Beautiful fish..I'll have to make that hike this summer for sure. Ever backpack out there and camp? Fires allowed in that area while backpacking in?
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 5/3/2012 2:10:31 PM     Points: 238    
I've got a spot for you.
 Reply by: Vanish      Posted: 5/3/2012 2:41:28 PM     Points: 868    
Beauty of a Cutt there! My quest continues to find a 20 inch greenback this year. :)
 Reply by: Snagaddict      Posted: 5/3/2012 3:15:25 PM     Points: 281    
I've never caught cutts at crater, although I'm pretty sure I did spot one last year. the hike to the lakes is close to 4 miles by my count. i'll try again in 3 weeks, I'd say. the snow was not a joke last week became very frustrating.

buried in threads indeed would love to share high-mtn info with any and all:
 Reply by: aerofanbig      Posted: 5/3/2012 6:46:35 PM     Points: 1241    
Snag and Native, I'd love to try and meet up with you guys (again, in Cameron's case!) to take a shot at some high mountain stuff this year. A nice hike, good scenery and great fishing is always a welcomed relief from chasing bass in the heat
 Reply by: Eklectik      Posted: 5/3/2012 8:38:25 PM     Points: 30    
Has anyone tried to hike to Heart Lake recently? I have a feeling it's still too snowy up there, but I'm eagerly awaiting hitting that trail again. As for Rollins Pass, even in really hot and dry years it still takes some time for the deeper cuts to melt out or get plowed. Hell, I don't think they plowed the road until mid-July last year. Once the trails are open you can easily hike to Jenny Lake, but I'm not sure if the fishing is any good up there until it gets stocked as it's a fairly shallow lake. Yankee Doodle is on the shady side of the mountain and probably won't be clear of ice until sometime in June, but I've seen it cleared earlier.
 Reply by: hackelmend      Posted: 5/4/2012 6:35:43 AM     Points: 42    
I go up and camp every year for at least a night or two. There are no fires allowed up there. The trick to finding the 20" inch cut is finding the deep upper crater. Scuds are a key food source for making monster cuts.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 5/4/2012 10:45:36 AM     Points: 374    
Sounds good..I'll definitely throw out some scuds, and maybe I'll pack a float tube in as well. Is Heart good fishing as well? Bummer on the fires..I'm not a big fan of camping without a fire but this type of camping would be different of hiking in.
 Reply by: Eklectik      Posted: 5/4/2012 9:05:05 PM     Points: 30    
Haven't fished Heart yet, but it seems to be a decent sized and fairly deep lake, I would assume it would hold something worth catching. I've seen people fishing it, and I fully intend to find out myself this year.

BTW, what exactly is a scud? Fly pattern maybe?
 Reply by: hackelmend      Posted: 5/4/2012 9:59:33 PM     Points: 42    
A scud is a freshwater crustacean/shrimp present in a lot of rivers and lakes around the state. Great fly to have in the box. If you've ever seen a trout shaking a weed clump thats what they are going for...usually.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 5/12/2012 11:03:41 AM     Points: 374    
How is Rollins area? Trail to Heart or Crater clear yet? Anyone done the hike up to Lost Lake yet in Eldora area yet?
 Reply by: Snagaddict      Posted: 5/12/2012 12:08:05 PM     Points: 281    
I'm still going to hold off another week or two not much melting going on up there this weekend. If you go, let us know how it looks. And if you plan to go next weekend and want a partner shoot me an email:

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