Your good, ice fished it and didn't notice a difference from previous years. I personally haven't made the trip since ice off, but a friend was up a while ago and said they did well. Mainly stocker bows but managed a couple macs.
The burn took a number on the scenery for sure. It's a new kind of beauty now and hopefully more kids will be able to see green trees at big creek like I grew up seeing there.
Reply by: RoyR Posted: 7/5/2017 9:20:32 AM Points: 3254
We were at lower a couple days ago for the first time, trolling. Fished the deep side of the lake. Tried the shallower areas and found water plants so concentrated on the deep side. Caught a couple lakers and no rainbows. Slow bite for us. Heard report of a large Muskie being caught and lost at net. Liked the area an great place to beat the Denver heat. Hit John on the way home, it was very active.
Reply by: the fishing dj Posted: 7/5/2017 4:07:44 PM Points: 25870
The lake itself is still fine. I hit it a few weeks ago, and got into brookies, lakers, and bows. It definitely got pretty scorched up there though. The trail to the upper lake is closed as well, so unless you have a boat, you cant really get up there.