Post By: malty falcon Posted: 12/4/2018 3:31:32 PMPoints: 5586
My ice fishing buddy and I cannot decide where we want to fish at Antero. Dave says he SAW a lot of fish 2 weeks ago, but caught only 4, so he thinks that is the best place to start. On Thanksgiving, I CAUGHT a lot of fish at my spot, the North end of dam, and I feel that is the best spot to start on Thursday.
Of course, 2 weeks have gone by, and the fish really do move around, following the food supply. Since so many people have been up there fishing for the last week, perhaps we should skip BOTH spots, and take a longer hike to some less pressured water.
Do any of y'all have some thoughts on how to pick a spot? Should we just use the map to find a normal spot? Does past performance indicate future success?
There was a lot of pressure on the lake last weekend. Extra pressure in the areas that have been producing. You may have to take that into account. My buddy and I took the long hike way northwest of the north boat ramp to get away from the pressure. It was slow for us and others from what we could tell. We had 8 good bites with 2 fish iced.
Made it to antero for the first time ever today so take this as you wish. Stayed out most of the day and moved a few times coming from.south boat launch. The less pressured waters (less holes) were more productive for us but most productive spot was finding a weed edge where we had trout cruising through regularly
Reply by: malty falcon Posted: 12/6/2018 9:37:15 AM Points: 5586
I talked the old guys into going for a longer walk yesterday. We did not return to either of our old spots, but went out half a mile from shore to an old creek channel I have stored on my GPS.
I had first fish on the ice within 10 minutes of starting. The breeze was very light until 12:45 or so. Fish came through in waves, with VERY FEW missed bites. The fish just didnít come through very often, and very few lookers that didnít take a bite. We finished the day with 22 between the three of us, including one brown. Most fish were 16-18Ē, and 2 were over 21Ē.
Lure of the day was small white Atomic Teaser Tube tipped with wax worm. I saw several folks/groups decided to get away from the crowds, as there were people very far from the access points, looking quite isolated.
The best advice I can give you is try to get away from the crowd. If there is a lot of noise it spooks the fish even if you have to give up a favorite spot. Then try to find patches of weed beds and fish near them as the fish like to cruise around them.