Post By: ia_jra Posted: 2/5/2019 8:16:18 PMPoints: 0
Im new to ice fishing and I'm new to FishExplorer, but I'm here looking for advice from anyone who has ever ice fished (or fished in any capacity) Strontia Reservoir.
2 weeks ago I hiked in along the access road from the North Fork trail head to see what it would be like hauling my gear out there. It's about 2.5 miles and it sucks. However, Im convinced there are giant trout in there, as I have such a hard time finding any info from people who have fished it.
I have some strategies in mind, but I really don't know what I'm doing as I am new to ice fishing and newish to trout. Here's what I'm looking for help on....basically everything:
- Has anyone made the long trek into this lake to ice fish, and what kind of luck did you have? Is the fishing as good as I have convinced myself it is?
- Any advice on how to fish trout on such a deep res with virtually no shallows?
- Is anyone interested in giving this lake a try with me? (I'm a little too spooked to be all the way out there alone. I could drag a friend along, but I'd rather go with a fisherman haha)
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: Feb. 6, 10:08:24 AM Points: 6118
I am pretty sure Denver Water doesn't allow ice fishing up there, though to be fair there's nothing explicit in the regs so...maybe try it?
There are also perch in SSR. The lake fluctuates. I think (could be wrong) it was also drawn down to dead pool a few years back to try to get rid of ash and mud from the many fires in the S. platte watershed. Steep shoreline, fluctuation, mud from fires, limited natural reproduction, basically zero access...I would not get on the SSR hype train even though a fishing trip there has always intrigued me.
Its been forever since we iced it,but we used to walk down the narrow gauge railroad bed from the old hotel (two forks hotel?) where the two forks of the Platte come together. Theres a fence stair case over the fence,we follow the train bed till it disipeares under the ice.Get you a USGS map and try to find the warm water springs in the area,they are covered by the lake . . . . .find the spring(FIND THE FISH!) We caught 100s of trout. You get down and back,please file a conditions report.
I've never ice fished it, but I did hike in via Waterton Canyon a few years back and we found pretty decent fishing for browns, rainbows and perch. You're right about it having virtually no shallows to target. Shore fishing is tough because the banks are so steep and rocky. My advice is to work in the inlet area where oxygen is higher and terrain is less steep. If I hadn't moved out of state, I'd be willing to try this with you. Good luck!
A little side note to Strontia Springs.Its the water source for Aurora Res.The water travels to Aurora via a pipe line and that's part of why the water at Aurora is so clear and grows such great fish. BTW . . . .try small jigs with a grub of some kind . . .
I have never iced it but have fished the river and the inlet area in soft water season. Lots of browns, bows, and some cuttys. The hike isn't too bad, pretty flat on the rr grade. Hauling a sled full of gear seems doable, assuming there is enough snow on the trail. I might be interested in venturing out there with you. Hmu@ moobadooba.mk@gmail