Post By: xavierk31 Posted: 10/6/2019 5:52:03 PMPoints: 3003
Just trying to plan out my fall fishing ventures, I have a buddy who's coming out the first weekend in November and I'm just wondering if Antero will still be open by that time or if there's usually ice on it by that time of year. I know things can change quickly, but just wondering on average.
Xavier, November is my least favorite time to fish in South Park! Rarely is there safe ice to drill, Spinney is closed, and your line will often freeze in the guides, making break-offs common. Ya really gotta be tough, and prime fishing time is usually 11AM-2PM- just three hours.
Tailwater fisheries may be your best bet, if the weather is pleasant enough. The San Juan River in New Mexico would be my first choice---it's lower in elevation, so a bit warmer.
BUT, with climate change hurrting all of us, you may still find degree days in November.
To add to the mix...Antero could very well have ďskim iceĒ around the shores in early November. It all depends on if the area gets the cold temperatures. Itís always a crap shoot at that time of the year., so itís best to have some alternative plan in place just in case! Good Fishing! Ski
Reply by: anglerwannabe Posted: Oct. 7, 8:12:24 AM Points: 53135
Since there are no fish in Spinney, it stands to reason there are no fish in South Park. So STAY AWAY! If you want to get into some serious fish.. Monument is always hot! So are Pikeview and Quail Lake.
lastly - I've counseled you on you the "I" word before. STOP IT! it's just profane. Unless you wanna get lumped into the "Ice Weirdo" group..
Reply by: xavierk31 Posted: Oct. 7, 11:27:47 AM Points: 3003
Lol Jim.... I feel like my days of fishing Pikeview and Quail might be done since I have yet to catch anything other than Sauger on leeches in all the times I've fished each of those lakes. And I actually have no issue with ice fishing, I just don't have any of the equipment myself, which is why I'm only able to go ice fishing back in South Dakota with my old man.
Reply by: vdl Posted: Oct. 21, 11:44:09 AM Points: 306
There is still open water as of Oct. 20. Ice fishing season is coming but you will probably not see "safe ice" until the middle of December. It is hard to predict. My definition of "safe ice" is about 6 or 7 inches. I did not get to be an old fart by taking any chances. It will be tempting to go ice fishing, but we should all play the long game in staying alive. Good luck to you.
I think the closer I get to 60-the wimpier I get. Hardly fished at all this year due to my biz. Today my hands were cold all day and I had to put a light jacket on in the office. Cranked the heat when I got home and contemplated a hot bath before beddy. Naaaah. I will just turn the electric blanky on tonight. I kind of shuddered today thinking of my old days where I would fish most of the night on the ice in NP or SP--without a shelter. I used to be tough. I WANT MOMMY!!!!
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: Oct. 22, 11:29:43 AM Points: 4655
SirGreg88, Getting old an't for sissies.As an older person I can relate to what you are saying but I still fight my way onto the ice a few times of the year. The idea of a different style of fishing still gets my interest up, I hope that continues to happen. God luck and stay warm.
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Oct. 23, 9:53:28 AM Points: 1842
Jim and Bill are correct. The only good ice is chilling my drink. Itís funny thing. I tie ice flies with no intentions to fish them. Because Iím trying to find that special bug that gets bit. How I ice fish is vicariously thru other people. My toes and fingers are never cold. LOL
I just ordered some luminous powder in 13 colors to mix with UV resin for.... you got, it ice flies. I gave them to the guys I work with for try out. Last year was the balanced minnow in Hot pink, chartreuse, and pearl white. This year Iím making luminous chironomids and scuds. For the very low light hours. Before and after sunset . Anyone got any ideas? I2
Reply by: JackLazer Posted: Nov. 14, 1:34:18 AM Points: 0
I hope you got some good clothes for your fishing trip. If you're like me, your fishing season never stops, it only changes. I have been looking for some trousers but not sure what I like. The reviews on places like [log in for link] were helpful enough. Fishing in the winter is one of my favourite things to do. I have learned how to stay warm during the coldest months of the year through trial and error. Thankfully I now know more than before.