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Lake: Bellaire Lake

Bellaire Lake fishing and Ice

Post By: Trent S      Posted: 12/4/2018 11:30:54 AM     Points: 20    
I hiked into Bellaire lake in red feather yesterday and found 6 inches of clear solid ice with about an inch of snow on top. I only stayed for 2 hours but I caught 25 stocker rainbows in that time pretty much on every drop. I was using pink jigs and pink Swedish pimples. Nothing huge as the biggest was maybe 12 inches but still a nice way to spend the morning.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 12/4/2018 3:47:15 PM     Points: 2736    
Fun way to spend an afternoon. I always use barbless up there and always send them all back to swim. Thanks for the report.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 12/5/2018 11:30:41 AM     Points: 82    
Really you should take every trout out of that lake up to your bag limit. There are way too many fish in there, they are in bad body condition and terribly stunted, many of them are starving, please take your limit every trip.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 12/5/2018 12:30:51 PM     Points: 15721    
It's a heavily fished lake. Its put and take. Wouldn't say they are stunted. Pretty much that way at every lake up there.
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 12/5/2018 5:17:34 PM     Points: 447    
So Dowdy, West, Creedmore and Parvin are put-and-take lakes?
I understand the “put” facet, but classifying it as a “take” lake is misinformation.
One might say that Sheldon Lake in Fort Collins is incredibly overfished and the entire habit structure prohibits fish from getting large, but those who have a strong understanding of small waters in the area will agree that they harbor surprisingly large fish.
Ask the local fish biologists. FishSeal and FishDr can easily confirm this. I know they’ll be lurking.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 12/5/2018 6:47:19 PM     Points: 15721    
I wouldn't put Parvin in the same category as the others. I know there is the rare chance to get a big fish out of dowdy and west lake and so forth but its extremely rare. The way the fish are handled and many taken out of the lakes would prove this. Parvin is different cause less people fish it due to it being artificial only. I have caught 5+ pound fish out of parvin, never anything even close to that in the other lakes. Not saying they aren't in there but its few and far between. Plus whatever brooders they put into the lakes.