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Lake: Echo Lake

No ice Fishing

Post By: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/9/2017 10:27:55 AM     Points: 5235    
Ice fishing is no longer allowed on Echo Lake, there is a sign at the Main parking lot. I talked to the Denver Parks Dept. last year about it and they had no interest in discussing why they wouldn't allow ice fishing or any other activity on the ice. I pointed out that the city of Denver allows ice activities on other lakes like Antero but the response was that's another department and we have different rules then they do.
I would think the Parks Dept would try to open as much area as possible for recreational access but that doesn't seem to be the mission of the current administration.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/9/2017 10:39:24 AM     Points: 2332    
...ice fishing isnít allowed on Spinney either. Same department/rules?
 Reply by: longdraw      Posted: 11/9/2017 10:40:23 AM     Points: 512    
^^^Spinney is owned by Aurora Water
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/9/2017 10:55:27 AM     Points: 2332    
I stand corrected, my bad. Thanks longbow!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/9/2017 10:58:30 AM     Points: 5235    
You are correct Longdraw, Spinney is owned by Aurora. I believe Williams Fork and Gross are also owned by Denver Water and allow ice fishing.
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 11/9/2017 11:18:17 AM     Points: 574    
Denver water does and makes whatever rules they want.. look at the stupid regs at cheeseman
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 11/9/2017 11:31:03 AM     Points: 806    
Agreed sickws6,

Would be a lot of fun to ice Cheese
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/9/2017 11:45:35 AM     Points: 1261    
Think of all the master angler small mouth you could catch ice fishing cheeseman, they even have lakers in that lake.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/9/2017 11:45:56 AM     Points: 2332    
sick,
While I agree some regulations seem ďstupidĒ, they are in place for reasons we donít often understand. I would rather not be able to ice fish a body of water than to not be able to fish it st all! But thatís just me.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/9/2017 12:07:13 PM     Points: 1261    
I spent 45 minutes trying to see where it would state you cannot ice fish the lake. Nothing on CPW site, nothing on DenverWater site. Nothing for Clear Creek county site. Where does the rule come out of?
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 11/9/2017 12:19:30 PM     Points: 3357    
It is sad cause any fish left in echo will die
It gets so low and there so much grass the fish suffocate
Bummer
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/9/2017 12:45:19 PM     Points: 5235    
Fish4colorado, there are signs posted at the lake and I have also talked to the park rangers there and confirmed no ice access allowed.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/9/2017 1:21:46 PM     Points: 5235    
I called the Denver Mountain Parks and was able to talk with the Chief ranger and got a positive response. He has brought the ice fishing question up before and he said he would bring it up again with his supervisors. It will take a ruling from the top manager to make an exception for Echo Lake to allow ice access. The rules about ice access cover all the lakes within the Parks Dept. including the local lakes in Denver which we know have shaky ice safety records.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/9/2017 1:50:21 PM     Points: 1261    
Oh ok that explains everything. I was thinking each lake had regulations. Some rules in this state seem to only be the word of mouth without a written law. I thought everything had to be in writing. :D
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/9/2017 2:12:03 PM     Points: 2332    
It IS in writing, hence the signage. Laws and rules are two separate and different things.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/9/2017 3:21:51 PM     Points: 1261    
Got it, there's a sign there. I've never seen the sign, but was there a while back.
 Reply by: spanish fly      Posted: 12/19/2017 3:31:24 PM     Points: 30    
Since Denver Parks took over Echo Lake it has been a joke.They changed the parking to accumadate all the bike riders and give out parking tickets and now no ice fishing.

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