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Lake: Rifle Gap Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

In pursuit of perch

Post By: Swampy13      Posted: 12/5/2018 9:40:58 AM     Points: 82    
Yesterday Pathway and myself ventured up to Rifle Gap in hopes of hooking into some perch. When we arrived at 6am it was 4 degrees. But the wind was merciful as there was none. We went to the west end as we know that is the first area to have first ice. We drilled test holes as we went. Each one was 4" of ice with an inch of snow on top. The lake is over 45' down so some of our favorite spots are out of the water. We moved around, a lot, trying to find fish. We didn't mark many fish the whole day. The closer to the island we got, the thinner the ice. We stopped that venture when the ice was at a bit under 3". We did manage about 10 perch. Not a single slimmer was had so there was no belt to award for the day. A tip-up was used also but no flags. As we left we drove by the east end. I would say it is going to be a while before it is safe in that area. Some open water and lots of dark spots (no snow on top even though it had snowed the day before).
 Reply by: hookncook      Posted: 12/5/2018 11:28:12 AM     Points: 12    
We just drove by there about an hour ago and it is completely capped. Seen two tents but out in the middle of the west end. Didnít get to ask them how thick. Hopefully it thickens up. It is ridiculously low though!!
Did your perch have any size to them?
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: 12/5/2018 1:26:49 PM     Points: 2320    
Great report! Thanks.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/5/2018 4:41:23 PM     Points: 307    
Thanks for the update, Fred. Hoping the east end has some keepers when itís safe. Betting you two drilled a ton of holes and made a big circle. Just got home from Blue, did not find any perch there on the upper end.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 12/5/2018 5:05:59 PM     Points: 82    
HnC, two were in the 12" range and the rest were 8"-9" except for one dink 4"er.

Jerry, Lynn and I talked about making a trip to BM, soon. My BIL and nephew (live in Montrose) and have talked about going on a Friday.

I personally wouldn't go on the east end or dam area for at least another week. And yes, we drilled a lot of holes and weren't able to go places we wanted due to the marginal ice thickness. And you know how Lynn is with ice. Far braver than I.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/6/2018 9:44:22 AM     Points: 13384    
Nice you got out and got into some perch, hope to get there once or twice this year with Jerry and my son. Hope to see you and Lynn on the ice this year.