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Lake: Williams Fork Reservoir

Williams Fork ice conditions

Post By: Captain Hook      Posted: 12/24/2020 9:52:06 AM     Points: 328    
Plan to go to Williams Fork this week end, several hours drive, does anyone know is there any fish able ice?

 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 12/25/2020 2:29:25 PM     Points: 2315    
first ice reports are like playing poker no one wants to show their hand. due diligence is key this time of year . i would not trust this site either unless they post pics or video . lots of people post false reports for points . nothing like driving several hrs and learning the report was a pack of lies .
 Reply by: Hdbevrv      Posted: 12/25/2020 5:23:26 PM     Points: 0    
I havenít seen Williams fork but other lakes in the area have ice in coves
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 12/26/2020 9:21:33 AM     Points: 8963    
drooir . . . .As a skipper for Aurora Res,I go out of my way to verify a conditions report to avoid just that. May be you don't understand how posting a conditions report works? Condition reports go to the lakes skippers for approval before they get posted.Its the skippers job to approve or not approve a conditions report.Points are only given out by the skippers for condition reports if the skipper says to give out point . . . . .this is to keep folks on the up and up . . . .If you send me false reports/info . . . .it will not get posted.Simple as that!
Captan Hook . . .stop in Grandby and visit the local tackle shops . .do some "meet&greet" get some phone numbers and names so you can call ahead for some local info.
 Reply by: Boynamedsous      Posted: 12/26/2020 12:12:40 PM     Points: 120    
I'm with HP. I have never read anything but good info on conditions reports... especially in hard water season. I joined Fish Explorer especially for information on ice safety and it has proven invaluable. Thank you to all the Skippers who volunteer to diligently scan and post this info.
 Reply by: kestrel1976      Posted: 12/26/2020 12:17:51 PM     Points: 0    
Drove by WF last night and its capped. It was dark so I didnt see any tracks. Let us know if u can get on it!
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: 12/26/2020 9:46:11 PM     Points: 328    
kestrel1976:Thanks! I'll give a try tomorrow. Will let you know.
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 12/27/2020 4:07:09 PM     Points: 3519    
Did anyone end up getting out there this weekend?
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: 12/28/2020 1:00:29 PM     Points: 328    
Went to there yesterday, the whole surface was capped, ice was about 1 foot where I drilled. a few fishmen scattered on the lake. I went to there pretty late (11:30am ) because I forgot to charge battery the previous night, fishing was slow. no fish was landed.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 12/28/2020 1:05:49 PM     Points: 2315    
i know that my last ice report on gross could not be validated by a lake skipper . because no one else has been drilling holes where i was or has been on that ice . it was years ago and a report on stagecoach it said 12in of ice and it was closer to 36in and they said 12f of water and that area was 5ft . maybe moderation is better on fishexplorer now .
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/28/2020 1:05:50 PM     Points: 1643    
Thanks for the report. What depths did you fish?
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: 12/28/2020 1:18:14 PM     Points: 328    
40 Feet. Probably too shallow for laker. I only stayed there for couple hours, then everyone left :-(
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/28/2020 1:49:35 PM     Points: 1643    
Thank you. Will be heading out there on Saturday, if the ice is 6 inches plus it should allow me to get to most of my spots.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 12/28/2020 2:22:40 PM     Points: 8963    
Thank you for the report!
 Reply by: fishaddict1123      Posted: 12/29/2020 9:38:03 AM     Points: 130    
Fish hunt now can you let us know the thickness of the ice when you get back please. Thanks
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: 12/30/2020 8:21:12 PM     Points: 18    
A bump hoping someone might have recent info on ice conditions?
 Reply by: fishaddict1123      Posted: Jan. 2, 3:11:06 PM     Points: 130    
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 2, 7:39:03 PM     Points: 1643    
Ice is 6 to 8 inches across the lake went out with another forum member on here. Fishing well in 60 to 70 feet of water. Suspended feeding fish.
 Reply by: fishaddict1123      Posted: Jan. 2, 8:34:52 PM     Points: 130    
Right on!!!! Thanks hunt and fish!! I'll be leaving bright and early in the morning. I'll post when I return
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 4, 8:21:44 PM     Points: 1643    
Please we'd love to hear how you did!
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Jan. 5, 3:37:12 AM     Points: 15479    
Captain Hook said:
"40 Feet. Probably too shallow for laker. I only stayed there for couple hours, then everyone left :-("

Uhhh... my favorite spot at WF is in shallower water this time of year.
I routinely have 20+ fish days there, and have had 50+ fish days by noon twice.

Don't eschew "shallow" waters for the lakers. Keep exploring and keep an open mind!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jan. 5, 8:17:08 AM     Points: 691    
I caught a laker in 5 FOW this year. Hammered my tube. They get in the shallow water to feed....
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 5, 4:53:55 PM     Points: 1643    

Me and you have totally difference experiences on Williams Fork. I ONLY fish 70 to 75 feet of water, don't even bother with the shallow. I tend to catch the big 24 to 34's in that depth. I've landed my own 34 and 32 and a couple of mid 20's help FishingJunkie land a 36 incher and at the end of last ice season a 32incher for a budd. I sometimes give the 55 to 60 foot range a try too.

As far as open water I've caught mostly the big ones in 7 to 10 feet of water, my favorite way to catch lakers.

Captain, how was your fishing trip?
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: Jan. 5, 5:27:10 PM     Points: 328    
Thanks Tbubb and FishHuntNow for the advice!
I went to there twice did not get anything. This lake is brand new to me. I got couple very good bites but did not get them through the hole. This winter Iíll stick with this place, hope can catch pike also :-)
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: Jan. 5, 9:34:29 PM     Points: 15479    
C Hook...
You'll have to ask someone else about the Pike. I have hit them OK in water, but never go for them on Ice. I go for the lakers and bows/browns when it is ice season & rarely fish at all on water.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jan. 5, 9:36:56 PM     Points: 61012    
Your conversations are interesting. I fish them in both shallow and deep and am fairly successful in both. They do tend to be small in shallow from my experience but not always. It depends on the ice on and off times for me.
 Reply by: Lash      Posted: Jan. 12, 1:41:49 PM     Points: 10    
Good comments here, Thank You. I have an invite for WF fishing trip this weekend.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 12, 1:43:38 PM     Points: 1643    
Good luck Lash i was just there on Saturday and it seems as if you can get to most places on the lake and come across 8 inches of ice. As always be careful!
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: Jan. 12, 2:24:49 PM     Points: 328    
Tbubb, I have been trying to setup tip ups for Pike in shallow area and fish for laker in the deep area. Good thing about this reservoir is that it has a lot steep shore lines, so these 2 places are not too far.
 Reply by: Lodharius      Posted: Jan. 15, 9:26:52 AM     Points: 0    
Do you need 4x4 to get to this Lake? Or can you get there with a passenger car?

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