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Lake: Chicago Lakes
Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Hard hike but worth the Trip

Post By: fishrmurri      Posted: 6/20/2016 11:09:16 PM     Points: 349    
Had a great time fishing in two hours caught and released 8 fish, got a fish on each of the first two casts. Caught this nice male in full color..
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/20/2016 11:44:59 PM     Points: 8106    
Love that little day hike. I've been taking my boys up there since they were 8 and 10 (about 8 years). Great lake for flies and Pistol Petes. Did you come in from Summit Lake or Echo Lake? I've come in from Summit once and never again but I had to try if once.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 6/21/2016 1:09:45 PM     Points: 380    
I came in from Summit last year wasn't too bad. A lot shorter but much steeper.
 Reply by: fishrmurri      Posted: 6/21/2016 1:30:49 PM     Points: 349    
We came in on Echo. Summit looks way to steep. Did you go up to Summit on your way out?
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/21/2016 10:31:02 PM     Points: 8106    
Yes, hiked in and back out since it was shorter than hiking in from Summit then out to Echo then a very long walk around on the road back to the truck. Definitely shorter hike. The way in is straight down and back out is straight up. You could probably jump out as far as you can and you would land most of the way down. Lol

Btw Nativecuttie, beautiful shot down.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 6/22/2016 9:52:46 AM     Points: 380    
Thanks it was fun. Going to do it again this year at some point so I can have some more time fishing.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 6/22/2016 9:58:59 AM     Points: 1555    
wow-what a postcard pic-wtg on some nice cuttie action...
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 6/22/2016 10:04:58 AM     Points: 2415    
I love fishing there. Haven't been there for a while. Camping there is Great too
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 6/22/2016 10:39:33 AM     Points: 39235    
Any of you guys fish Idaho Springs Res. up there?
 Reply by: ShuMugen      Posted: 6/22/2016 12:10:58 PM     Points: 1783    
Nice Photos, They look kind of small this year. Most of the one I caught were super Fat and about 15-18"
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/22/2016 12:38:00 PM     Points: 8106    
I am pretty sure that you have to be a resident of Idaho Springs to fish Idaho Springs Res. Not 100% positive on that but there are posted regulations at the lake.

I had thought about snow shoeing up to these lakes in the winter with camping gear. Amazing place in the summer so I bet it would be even more beautiful in the winter. Also haul hand auger and an ice rod.
 Reply by: fishrmurri      Posted: 6/26/2016 8:33:11 PM     Points: 349    
The signs at Idaho Springs Reservior only say it's catch and release, so I'm not sure about the resident thing. I've fished it but only see very small fish.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 6/26/2016 8:47:13 PM     Points: 39235    
You dont have to be a resident. Led2 zep could vouch for that.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/26/2016 8:59:16 PM     Points: 8106    
You are correct in that you don't HAVE to be a resident to fish it but in order to fish it legally, you may want to read the regulations on access.

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 Reply by: Azled2zep      Posted: 6/26/2016 9:41:46 PM     Points: 3    
I found out about that place from "Fishing Close to Home" publication so it must be available for the public. Also, I only c&r so I can't attest to the c&r only signs because it's implied to me wherever.
 Reply by: Azled2zep      Posted: 6/26/2016 9:42:49 PM     Points: 3    
Native, great pics! One of my favorite places in Co and those pics brought me back.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/27/2016 9:35:50 AM     Points: 8106    
Just got a response from the City Clerk.

Only Idaho Springs residents are allowed access to the key for the gate. We cannot control people who access the reservoir from “walking in”.

Did notice too that in addition to cnr, it is lures only. Not sure on stocking though.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 6/27/2016 9:45:52 AM     Points: 39235    
I just wondered if any of you guys had fished it--didn't know there was a gate (I'm jealous of that deal though). I only knew it was a tough hike from Echo Lake--wondered if it was worth it. I do C & R too.
 Reply by: Walleye master      Posted: 7/22/2016 4:12:54 PM     Points: 51    
Do you have to pay to camp here just curious?
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 7/23/2016 7:14:03 AM     Points: 1526    
Even being a native resident of Idaho springs that key is hard to get

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