Post By: GoNe_FiShIn_11 Posted: 12/7/2018 8:04:14 AMPoints: 3483
I am planning to make a trip tomorrow up to red feathers. Never been to this area and looking for a point in the right direction. I see there is a few different lakes to choose from. Not sure which one to try. Any areas to avoid? How are the roads conditions? Anyone going up maybe like to join us?
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From my understanding ice around islands or rocks with weaken faster then ice in the middle of the lake due to the rocks and land warming during the day and transferring that heat to the ice around it, thus weakening it.
Never been up to red feather lakes, but from people reporting on this forum sounds like most of the lakes will produce stocker trout in decent numbers, using a variety of small jigs or spoons tipped with shrimp, wax worms, or regular worms.
I believe there is a spring between the big island and the one to the southwest but if you stay away from the southern tip of the big island you should be okay. Red Feather can be very windy so be prepared.
Fished Dowdy today in the NW corner area from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Park at the toilet area,ígo down to the lake by the picnic table and follow the sled tracks that head south east. You can see where there are a number of old holes fish there! Sorry didnít have GPS for coordinates.í I used hair jigs in chartreuse and orange, tipped with waxworksíthe bite was very light, even with a St. Croix bite indicator. The area was17 feet deep, and the fish were aggressively coming up from the bottom as the jigs slowly fell. Many came up to 7 feet to check the jigs out. At times there were 4 or more fish on the flasher at multiple depths. Even though they bit like little guys, the fish were chunky stockers, along with a couple of browns. There you go - about as detailed a suggestion as I can give you. This is what is called Hot Spotttng, so keep a couple for dinner and turn the rest loose for others to enjoy. This posting will delete itself in 5, 4, 3......
Thanks for the replys. Think I got a game plan for the morning. Avoid the island areas and ready for the w. Thanks goose and kevo for the email. Very helpful and much appreciated. Perch thanks for the report.
Ashaffer- I will be a lone soldier tomorrow so if you want to meet up shot me a text or email. They're both above. Im looking at starting at dowdy. Hoping to be up the about 10ish. Coming from out east so it will be a bit of a drive.
Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11 Posted: 12/9/2018 10:38:19 AM Points: 3483
Sorry for the delay. Came home to a sick baby last night. Had a great trip yesterday. Meet up with ashaffer- at dowdy and spent most of the day there. Beautiful day on the ice plenty of people out enjoying it too. Fishing was good most of day for small bows bows and browns. Nothing to brag about but fun. Kool area can't wait to get back
Thanks for the info everyone really helps a novice like me. I was hoping to fish red feather tomorrow morning but it has been pretty warm the last few days since I have seen any reports. It is a decent drive from where I live so i was wondering if anyone knows if the ice is still solid and safe? though its been warm. Any other tips on lures for dowdy would be great I normally just fish spoons on west lake.
A small teardrop,tube jig or rat finkie tipped with a wax or mealworm usually does the trick for me at Dowdy. Most reports Iíve been getting lately say that the ice is around 8Ē and itís slick so wear your cleats. Stay away from the islands because the ice seems to be thinner around them. Good luck.👍