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Fish: Greenback Cutthroat

Ice fishing Greenbacks in RMNP

Post By: Cichlidfish      Posted: 3/12/2015 9:07:53 PM     Points: 3054    
I went to rmnp yesterday with a goal to catch my first greenbacks and boy it was fun! I was going to fish lily lake only to find out that the flooding had severely damaged the trout population so I went up and found some higher up alpine lakes with greenbacks. The hike was not bad with most trails being hard packed snow from heavy use. Right off the bat I got 2 cutties, and throughout the rest of the day a ended up with around 10, all around ten inches. Such a beautiful fish! They were more interested in reaction baits, but occasionally one would come through and hit a scud or small copper john. Looked like I was the only one that had ice fished up there all season, but had lots of passing hikers throughout the day. The ice was over 2.5 feet and I couldn't fish the higher up bigger lake I wanted because the ice was too thick for my hand auger. Overall it was a great experience though! Sorry for sideways pic.
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: 3/12/2015 9:17:18 PM     Points: 13540
Beautiful fish. Good job!

 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 3/12/2015 9:29:59 PM     Points: 38013
What was more of a workout, the hike or drilling the hole?? That's dedication with a hand auger, glad it payed off!
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 3/12/2015 9:31:02 PM     Points: 17861
I hadn't heard the flood effected Lilly's fish. Sad but good to know. Thanks for the heads up.
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 3/12/2015 9:32:10 PM     Points: 3054
Haha, I had just got new blades on my auger but it was still tough. Think I drilled about 10 holes.
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 3/13/2015 10:42:40 AM     Points: 3340
Awesome fish !
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 3/13/2015 10:48:02 AM     Points: 745
Finally - some fish porn!!! Very pretty fish! Good hustle
 Reply by: johny173      Posted: 3/13/2015 12:54:40 PM     Points: 80
Always wanted to ice fish some cutties in Rocky Mountain! Glad to hear the ice is really good up there. Was curious if all lakes are ice fishable in RMNP? Any resources you checked out before you went up there?
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 3/13/2015 1:55:06 PM     Points: 3054
All the lakes in the park that allow fishing and have fish can be ice fished as well. It might help you to go onto the lake maps page and look at the lakes fishexplorer has in RMNP, and from there you can judge how far you want to hike and do further research on individual lakes.
 Reply by: johny173      Posted: 3/13/2015 2:13:32 PM     Points: 80
Awesome, thanks! I have fly fished a few cutthroat lakes in the park, so I will just start there.
 Reply by: heryantoch      Posted: 3/13/2015 2:47:52 PM     Points: 3259
2.5 feet of ice with hand auger...tough... But congrats on the fish! Awesome!
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 3/13/2015 4:01:55 PM     Points: 111
Is Sprague lake frozen or not?
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 3/13/2015 6:23:37 PM     Points: 3054
Yup, Sprague was frozen.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 3/13/2015 7:31:20 PM     Points: 82
I commend you for thinking outside the box, breaking away from the crowd and just going out and doing something that no one is doing...rather than lurking around trying to capitalize on someone else's spot like way too many others do...very cool!
 Reply by: Cichlidfish      Posted: 3/13/2015 8:19:45 PM     Points: 3054
Haha, I just love adventures!

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