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Lake: Island Lake (Grand Mesa)

Island Lake Reports?

Post By: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/15/2017 2:19:57 PM     Points: 1190    
Anyone been to Island lately and have a report on ice thickness? Mostly interested in the area by the Island but if you know what it is like at the boat ramp that would be great also. Thanks in Advance. Headed up tomorrow.
 Reply by: JBH      Posted: 12/16/2017 12:07:25 AM     Points: 97    
Fished it Monday on the east end....was 8Ē thick but we didnít venture to the island. Didnít see anyone fishing on the west end. Iím heading up in the morning but may try another lake since thereís no snow and the roads are good. Good Luck tomorrow.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/16/2017 6:08:25 AM     Points: 1190    
Thanks I just read a report that said the same thing.
Island Lake
Island Lake has safe ice over 8 inches thick, as do many of the nearby Grand Mesa Lakes. This 179 acre lake offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat trout, brook trout, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but there are splake over 10 pounds available. For larger splake, use tube jigs or bucktail jigs to imitate suckers. For fast action on smaller splake, rainbow trout, and brook trout, smaller jigs tipped with shrimp, mealworms or waxworms are highly effective. This lake is popular with anglers with snowmobiles. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions (970-874-6600) or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000).
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 12/16/2017 3:17:28 PM     Points: 387    
Lefty,
the whole lake is iced with good hard ice at least 8 inches including around the island. Fishing was slow for me on Thursday, but then I missed the morning bite. I still have not caught any splake there this ice season.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/17/2017 5:33:43 AM     Points: 1190    
I may try again soon. I wanted to go down by the hi-way and with all the gear I take ,I wouldn't be able to get back out. I will go in and try by the Boat ramp next time.
 Reply by: hookncook      Posted: 12/18/2017 12:26:44 PM     Points: 12    
How much snow is up there around the east end? Is there quite a bit in the trees or is it pretty scarce?
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 12/18/2017 1:11:28 PM     Points: 1190    
Hardly any snow. Some of it is just gravel. But mostly in the trees there is about 2" There isn't enough snow at the bottom to go down easy,your sled will hit rocks and will be heck to get back up it. I am going tomorrow with a bucket,2 poles,bait and one box of lures. Also a hand auger.
 Reply by: hookncook      Posted: 12/18/2017 5:50:19 PM     Points: 12    
Thatís exactly what I was wondering about. I would think there isnít much up there. At least I get to pack light I guess.