Naw!!! Aurora's a fun lake to fish, you just have to be careful this early. Last year there was 12'' across the whole lake all january and february. It's an up and coming fishery and maybe a state record or two are out there.
Plumber" is correct you just have to use your head and find and know what is good ice" and yes!! last year was the thickest 12inch ice I have ever seen on Aurora Res" and it lasted!! but I can practically see the lake from home and live close and have fished it religiously since it's conception" for a lake that is a mile from home and fishable for me 2 times a week no matter what the season" plus I have a little 15ft aluminum boat all rigged up w/ electronics and the large minnkota troller motor and 3 float tubes" so it is a good fishing lake if you know it real well at least it is good enough lake or fishery to warrant buying cheap boats as boats go" and or a belly boat or two....good luck tightlines.
One other thing it has great numbers of walleye" which I have taken 3 over 8 lbs and 2 trout over 10lbs....and some jumbo pearch these days" but the normal is for that lake" a lot of non-keeper walleyes with an occasional keeper and rainbows are 1 to 3lbs with and ocasional 3 to 6lbs rainbow but that is more the normal with trout big-on's pearch you have to find them" same with walleyes out there........As far as any records out there I seriously doubt it that is just comming from someone who know's it well and has fished it with what I consider some of the best fisherman around town" records it's possible?? I guess, but unlikely anytime soon" unless some brood stocked and that is the key word!!! stocked!!! who know's 10lbs plus when or they were ( species ) added to the lake the DOW does do that @ some of these lakes and if that was 10 yrs ago who know's???? tightlines guy's see you on the water. I drive a black dodge truck with hunting stickers in rear window say hey"
Jrfish, Hey, nice to meet another Aurora fan. I know it's not the hottest lake in the state but it's got a lot of benefits for me. It's only 15 minutes from my home, so i was out there every other day last year til the ice got too thin. Frankly i like that it's not very popular cause it's sooo quiet and peaceful. I think the fishing could be really good since there's not much pressure, i caught a 24" bow and met several others that pulled 20 to 26" bows out of there last year. I've also caught a few FAT perch thru the ice. Got a few walleyes but not any keepers yet, but the rangers tell me that a few eyes around 32" were caght near the dam last year (the lake record is 32.25") so i'll keep trying. I was on the ice for a while sunday, one little bow that i put back, and saw a lot on the radar. I hope the ice gets better out there cause I was just starting to have fun when the ice came off last year. I drive a black Durango and like to get out there after work til the sun goes down. maybe i'll see ya out there. Good fishin!
Don't doubt the record potential of Aurora. The lake is plenty old enough for 18 lb walleye to be lurking in the depths. I saw a 15 pound eye come out of there last year. I have caught 17 pound wipers and have seen them over 20. I have caught two smallies out there that missed the state mark by less than 2 oz. One of those smallies had a tag-a-long swimming next to it that was easily a half pound bigger than the one I boated. They are out there... somewhere.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a state record small mouth come out of that lake. I have heard many stories of 5 lbs plus smallies being caught and if I remember right there was even a Mountain States Fishing show a while back when they got on to some nice 4 to 5 lbs fish Carolina rigging some rock piles with a finesse worms. Terri had a pro with him and wouldn't be surprised to hear it was TC. I know he hits that lake and have heard stories of big bass coming on his boat. With all the other healthy population of fish, especially perch, that lake has a good food chain working for it, plus the fact that it's trolling motors only, well that seems to cut down the pressure for sure. Not to many party boat barges and countless drunken boaters all tied up together getting in the way is also a good thing. My self, I hope to hit that lake early this spring as often as I can.
TC, thanx for confirming my hopes! I love fishing Aurora if just for the solitude, but I know there's some great fishing out there. Do you know, have they ever considered muskies in Aurora? It's about the only fish they don't have out there. Just wondering! Tightlines!
Cranks hum I think I remember that show as well. Was Terri throwing a light green colored crank and killing them with you. Was that the show? Wonder where and who he was fishing that Carolina rig. Too many fishing shows too little memory.
Reply by: TC Posted: 1/3/2008 8:26:35 AM Points: 2647
No plans for Tigers in Aurora. There are no trash fish in Aurora like there were in Quincy 15 years ago. Tigers were stocked to try to eliminate the suckers at the Q, and they did. Haven't seen a sucker in over 5 years out there.
I use to fish for Tigers a lot. I actually caught the state record back in 1989 and held it for a whopping three weeks. Biggest was 34 pounds (C&R) with a dozen or so over 25. Fun fish to catch but my best was 17 fish in a season. That's a lot of casting for one fish per trip.