Post By: Trotline Posted: 1/11/2019 10:08:52 AMPoints: 851
Year round fishing in Colorado did not start until Jan. 1st 1962. On Jan. 2nd or 3rd myself and three friends went to Cowdrey Lake in North Park. The ice was over a foot thick and snow was around a foot high on the ice. We did not have a auger so we made holes with a hand ax and a breaker bar. The top of the hole was around 15 inches wide and the bottom hole was around 4 to 5 inches wide. We were all fly fisherman so we fished with our fly rods That did not work as we were to far away from our holes so we took our reels off and dropped the reels in a bucket. What few fish we caught we had to hand hook and bring the fish in hand over hand. We fished with red salmon eggs and worms. Later on we made our own poles . We glued broken pole tips into a foot long piece of wood 1 inch by 1 inch We used two nails in the top of the wood to hold our line. Later on we mounted our fly reels onto the wood handle. The sad part of this story is that my three friends have all passed on but at 79 years old I have been ice fishing 5 times this year and have many trips planed. Just a little history on Colorado ice fishing
That's really cool information. I never realized that Colorado had fishing seasons. I don't know what I would do if there was no year round fishing. I guess take hunting back up. Again thanks for sharing.
This was a bit after 1969...early 70’s. An “Old Timer” taught me how to fish for lakers. Back then I didn’t have a power auger or electronics, or a clue, but I learned how to set a bobber in a way to detect a subtle take off the bottom using 1/2 ounce deer-hair jigs with a chunk of sucker meat, usually in red and white, or red and yellow. One time I was invited to his hut where I had one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. He cut a 4’ x 4’ hole in about 4 feet of water close to the shore. The sunlight penetrated and illuminated the ice, and the hut made the gravel bottom seem almost unreal in its clarity and texture. “Doc” told me to watch the hole as he dropped a single salmon egg in the water. It only took a few seconds for a 10” rainbow to target the egg and scarf it down. The fish almost acted like a trained puppy as it sat on the bottom and waited for another egg to come down. This happened 4 or 5 times before the rainbow took off at lightening speed as if something was about to eat it! It turns out it was, as a shadow appeared followed by a huge fish head, a long space before the dorsal fin came into view, and finally the tail fin as I watched the monster swim slowly away. My mentor figured the laker probably topped 40”, and told me that was what he wanted to catch. I thanked him for the “show”, and walked back to my truck with the image of that fish etched permanently in my mind. Things were really different back then, simpler yet more difficult. I often think about old Doc, and wonder if he’s still chasing those monsters in the afterlife?
When I was a kid growing up in the early sixties in the central part of the state of Washington I can remember there being fishing seasons. Can't recall the exact details but everyone looked forward to opening day. My first attempts at ice fishing were in the mid seventies at Boyd. Very few people had augers and the few you would see were hand-held swedish spoon type machines. Most people used an axe or a spud bar to open up holes and fished with the same poles and reels you would use in the summertime. Times sure have changed since then.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: Jan. 12, 11:10:46 AM Points: 4655
Some additional information from another older person. The fishing season was for waters over 7,000 ft in elevation, water below 7,000 was open year round. Cherry Creek first opened for ice fishing in 1960 or 61 and was a popular spot to catch some nice sized trout. Boyd, Horseshoe and Lake Loveland were also spots where you could catch some pan fish. Lake Loveland was excellent for 8-9 inch perch and I once caught several 17" crappie out of Horseshoe Lake when they had drained it down to work on one of the dams. Didn't realize I might have had a state record crappie at the time but we ate everything we caught and records were never thought about.