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Lake: Lake Isabelle - IPWA

Anyone been to San Isabel yet?

Post By: Captain America      Posted: 12/15/2014 5:47:05 PM     Points: 110    
Has anyone been to San Isabel yet or know if there is any safe ice?
 Reply by: Captain America      Posted: 12/15/2014 8:26:09 PM     Points: 110
I went last year, 2013, the day after Christmas and there was 10+ inches of solid ice across the whole lake. This year has been warmer but I am hoping to repeat the start of my season the day after Christmas this year too. Can anyone give an update on the ice thickness and/or if there is anything biting?
 Reply by: snotsickles08      Posted: 12/16/2014 11:54:52 AM     Points: 23
that may be one of the first places i go. i have next week off so if i go i will post some ice conditions on here for you guys!!
 Reply by: Captain America      Posted: 12/19/2014 9:47:23 PM     Points: 110
I hope you can make it out there! I won't be able to get out until maybe the 26th or 27th of December. Don't really want to drive for 2hrs each direction just to find soft water though. Please keep me updated if you go!
 Reply by: Infinity      Posted: 12/25/2014 3:50:55 AM     Points: 61
Any updates?
 Reply by: Captain America      Posted: 12/26/2014 5:28:40 PM     Points: 110
I am gonna take the risk, Lord willing, tomorrow, 12-27-14. Hopefully the recent cold snap and snow will have it pretty solid because I am going alone it looks like. Colds and flu have plagued our corner of the state for the past two weeks and all my buddies that were going have it.... I will update on what I find. I have a new JawJacker from my wife as a Christmas present that I just HAVE to try! Anyone else want to go?
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 12/26/2014 9:55:21 PM     Points: 234
Hey Capt. America,

I just read a report that just over 6 inches of snow fell
in that area today..

I would like to join you--(as that is one of my favorite places)
I wish you and your fishing prowess all the luck.
 Reply by: Captain America      Posted: 12/27/2014 7:27:39 PM     Points: 110
Hey C-DOG! Sorry, I didn't see your post until it was too late. There is about 6inches of new powdery snow on the lake indeed. The four holes I drilled showed 5-6inches of ice as well, depending on where I drilled. It was below zero when I got there. Fishing was pretty slow for San Isabel. I caught 3 cutbows that were 12-14inches and a 9 incher. Also a 6inch yellow perch. They did not bite at all until about 1030 for about a half hour burst then just sporadically until 1230. Nothing at all again up to 130 which is when I left. No one else caught much either. Another hut of 3 people caught 4 rainbows and 2 small salmon and that was about the extent of the fish caught on the lake. More cold weather on the way so the ice should thicken up more, even though the 5-6inches was completely safe today and should continue to be as as long as it didn't warm up and soften the top too much. As for the JawJacker....everyone needs this tool. The fish don't get to play with the bait forever before you finally get them hooked like normal. With a medium tension on it they get to play just enough to get a hold of it and then wham... fish on. 3 out of the 5 I caught were with the jawjacker (same jig and bait as the other rod in a holder). I also had another on with the jawjacker but lost it half way up. I hope everyone else does good or better than I did. Keep the forum update as to where they are biting and what on. Mine were mostly on yellow Lindy Slick Jigs tipped with meal worm. One fish was same jig tipped with corn. Had a single hit on pink ratfinkie tipped with nightcrawler. No other color or bait combo even produced a hit today (not normal for Isabel). Happy waters to all.
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