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Lake: Sprague Lake - RMNP

falling through the ice

Post By: JZANGLER      Posted: 12/1/2015 10:40:41 AM     Points: 2132    
fell through the ice at sprague, odd experience spudding along on 5" and it went to less then an inch in less than 5 ft and i took a splash, luckily sprague is shallow so i only ended up with wet feet and soggy snow pants. the worst part was getting my feet un stuck from the quicksand like mud. be safe even though the ice is safe at one point docent mean it is 5 ft further!
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 12/1/2015 10:55:29 AM     Points: 82
JZANGLER, thanks for the cautionary tale, I hope soggy pants and muddy shoes where all that became of it for you! Again thanks for the post, best of luck to you.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 12/1/2015 10:56:03 AM     Points: 745
I think if I did that the worst part for me would be getting the terd out of my pants.... glad you are ok!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/1/2015 11:07:20 AM     Points: 38013
When did you fall through? Was up there with the family Sunday and didn't find less than 6". There was a spot that looked a little wet that we avoided. Glad you came out of it alright!!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 12/1/2015 11:10:51 AM     Points: 84034
That's fun huh? Glad you're okay.
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: 12/1/2015 12:01:49 PM     Points: 1274
JZ, welcome to the club!
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: 12/1/2015 12:56:13 PM     Points: 1322
Must have been in the area of the inlet stream????? Was planning on going tomorrow but now you have me spooked!
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 12/1/2015 1:20:13 PM     Points: 25270
Where on the lake were you? I was there on Tuesday, and the ice was pretty thick. There was like 8in on the front side of the lake, but it was thinner on the back side of the lake.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/1/2015 3:20:02 PM     Points: 38013
There was some open water in the narrow part of the inlet stream, you won't see me on ice over moving water. Hard part is locating a deep spot
 Reply by: JZANGLER      Posted: 12/1/2015 4:58:06 PM     Points: 2132
i was over past the pier, in the far 1/2 of the lake, it was all covers in 4-5" of uno so i couldn't detect the bad ice, the inlet area is never safe it fluctuates way to much, though some of my best fish in rmnp have come from there... would be fun to get some through the ice!
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 12/2/2015 2:13:19 PM     Points: 25270
We got them on the north west side of the lake when we were up there last week. #12-14 beadhead nymphs were the golden ticket of the day. And there were some pretty good sized ones too.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/2/2015 3:48:34 PM     Points: 38013
Rob, did you find a deep spot? Or were you having luck in the shallow areas?
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: 12/2/2015 4:40:41 PM     Points: 1322
So DJ, you were fishing in the NW corner near the inlet by the parking lot. I thought that area would be thin ice for sure!
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 12/3/2015 8:08:06 AM     Points: 25270
We drilled all over the smaller side of the lake, and it seemed like the area by the parking lot (not the little creek) was on fire. We tried the back side, and although it was a bit deeper, the wind was way worse, ice was thinner, and didn't see any fish. They were on fire in the shallow stuff on the front side though.
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 12/3/2015 8:23:35 AM     Points: 164763
12 inches of ice on Dream [log in for link]
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: 12/3/2015 9:15:36 AM     Points: 1322
Thanks for the info guys just wanna be safe up there. I'm not as agile as you young guys when getting out of trouble.
 Reply by: Tiny Stevens      Posted: 12/3/2015 7:07:17 PM     Points: 7000
Glad you are safe, and also glad to hear you were using a spud bar! Now might be a good time to remind all of us about ice safety. Here's the link to an article that I wrote on a fellow member here and his ordeal in falling through the ice. [log in for link]

Be safe out there fellas!

 Reply by: FishingApex      Posted: 12/3/2015 7:36:52 PM     Points: 9115
We took the spud bar out to monument this weekend and it was only 1" thick. Didn't go far from shore. Last year my foot slipped through one of our holes while we were closing up the hut. BRRRRRRR

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