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Spinney Ice Off Annual Contest

Post By: Anteroman      Posted: 1/6/2020 10:43:52 AM     Points: 4595    
Most of you are familiar with this, you can pick one day that you think Spinney will open 2020..
Winner will receive a nice rod and reel outfit AKA a rocket launcher.
Contest starts with this post and ends APRIL 1, your selection must be made by 4/1/2020.

GOOD LUCK and see you on the water.
 Reply by: doozy      Posted: Jan. 6, 10:47:26 AM     Points: 599    
April 1st. Thanks Bill
 Reply by: GrabBass      Posted: Jan. 6, 10:48:58 AM     Points: 75    
 Reply by: Funkybug      Posted: Jan. 6, 10:56:56 AM     Points: 173    
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 6, 10:57:35 AM     Points: 28557    
April 11th
 Reply by: Wattzz      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:00:04 AM     Points: 13427    
April 10th
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:13:45 AM     Points: 622    
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:14:13 AM     Points: 11412    
Howdy Bill, Give me 18 April.
 Reply by: Nittany      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:20:39 AM     Points: 0    
Thanks for doing this, give me April 19
 Reply by: illusivenick      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:23:44 AM     Points: 152    
April 25th, thanks.
 Reply by: mackman16      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:24:15 AM     Points: 450    
Tuesday April 14. Thanks very much
 Reply by: Bronco8783      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:31:01 AM     Points: 1183    
April 20th
 Reply by: GRMESS      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:31:40 AM     Points: 35    
I'll take April 17th. Thank you & tight lines to all!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:39:33 AM     Points: 2321    
May 1st please.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:40:35 AM     Points: 34853    
I'll take 4/28. Thanks Bill!
 Reply by: Captain Doughball      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:41:40 AM     Points: 3224    
4/29 for me Bill!
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:47:46 AM     Points: 82    
 Reply by: Todd morse      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:51:46 AM     Points: 123    
 Reply by: Todd morse      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:52:38 AM     Points: 123    
Sorry april 16
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Jan. 6, 11:54:21 AM     Points: 298    
April 9th for me.
 Reply by: mxtsinclair      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:12:10 PM     Points: 72    
April 13th
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:19:26 PM     Points: 434    
4/26 please
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:19:57 PM     Points: 7902    
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:23:54 PM     Points: 51846    
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:28:06 PM     Points: 10745    
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:28:08 PM     Points: 1558    
 Reply by: Vikings Fishing Crew      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:28:46 PM     Points: 3    
 Reply by: Vikings Fishing Crew      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:29:33 PM     Points: 3    
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:36:58 PM     Points: 44    
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:38:36 PM     Points: 5663    
 Reply by: FishNRock      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:41:30 PM     Points: 3    
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: Jan. 6, 12:43:53 PM     Points: 3529    
 Reply by: cherrington11      Posted: Jan. 6, 1:14:17 PM     Points: 6    
 Reply by: danuk      Posted: Jan. 6, 1:18:52 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: myanke2000      Posted: Jan. 6, 1:50:40 PM     Points: 228    
 Reply by: micah      Posted: Jan. 6, 2:05:01 PM     Points: 295    
April 23rd
 Reply by: The Cat001      Posted: Jan. 6, 2:33:21 PM     Points: 368    
April 12 thanks.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Jan. 6, 3:44:17 PM     Points: 1854    
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: Jan. 6, 3:46:03 PM     Points: 206    
May 4th. Thanks!
 Reply by: Iceholer      Posted: Jan. 6, 3:52:59 PM     Points: 50    
April 23 for me please
 Reply by: Iceholer      Posted: Jan. 6, 3:55:28 PM     Points: 50    
Correction April 20th
 Reply by: Raskal      Posted: Jan. 6, 3:57:30 PM     Points: 2749    
May 9th ... and Thanks Bill
 Reply by: Iceholer      Posted: Jan. 6, 4:00:27 PM     Points: 50    
April 8th as other dates have been taken
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: Jan. 6, 4:19:15 PM     Points: 1447    
 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Jan. 6, 4:20:02 PM     Points: 368    
 Reply by: Azexp      Posted: Jan. 6, 5:43:39 PM     Points: 70    
 Reply by: babyhuntr      Posted: Jan. 6, 6:20:19 PM     Points: 2    
Thank You Sir! y guess is April 21
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: Jan. 6, 6:35:32 PM     Points: 2003    
Cinco de Mayo. We can celebrate with tacos and margaritas at the lake!
 Reply by: tiny9755      Posted: Jan. 6, 6:39:59 PM     Points: 208    
May 6th please
 Reply by: Grogged1      Posted: Jan. 6, 8:22:49 PM     Points: 1240    
Put me down for 4/24 please. Thanks.
 Reply by: TotalLockDown      Posted: Jan. 6, 8:27:25 PM     Points: 0    
Iíll take May 3rd.
 Reply by: Grogged1      Posted: Jan. 6, 8:29:22 PM     Points: 1240    
Sorry, just noticed my last choice was taken. How about May 10th please, thanks.
 Reply by: TotalLockDown      Posted: Jan. 6, 8:36:42 PM     Points: 0    
Sorry just noticed my old one taken. Iíll go with may 11th then.
 Reply by: FisherMan80      Posted: Jan. 6, 8:53:05 PM     Points: 7    
Iíll take 5/16...thanks!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jan. 6, 9:10:21 PM     Points: 217    
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: Jan. 6, 9:12:41 PM     Points: 22701    
May 13 for my guess
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jan. 6, 10:58:06 PM     Points: 44    
January 7th
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: Jan. 7, 7:12:53 AM     Points: 249    
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jan. 7, 7:35:42 AM     Points: 1221    
May 20th for me. Thanks Bill
 Reply by: rodmans      Posted: Jan. 7, 7:37:03 AM     Points: 6143    
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: Jan. 7, 8:07:23 AM     Points: 516    
 Reply by: Milehighfishing      Posted: Jan. 7, 8:26:17 AM     Points: 201    
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: Jan. 7, 9:56:14 AM     Points: 581    
I will say April 30. Thanks
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jan. 7, 10:17:19 AM     Points: 1221    
Guys, read through the dates before you pick one so you don't pick one that's already taken, lol.
 Reply by: MileHighMike      Posted: Jan. 7, 10:33:22 AM     Points: 134    
May 11th. Thanks and Happy New Year to all of you
 Reply by: ondfritz80      Posted: Jan. 7, 10:46:04 AM     Points: 226    
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: Jan. 7, 10:48:50 AM     Points: 40301    
 Reply by: kottob      Posted: Jan. 7, 1:08:07 PM     Points: 123    
 Reply by: kottob      Posted: Jan. 7, 1:09:05 PM     Points: 123    
nevermind May 9
 Reply by: kottob      Posted: Jan. 7, 1:11:22 PM     Points: 123    
Haha, thatís taken too. Can I get the next May date after May 9th?
 Reply by: Milehighfishing      Posted: Jan. 7, 1:12:45 PM     Points: 201    
oops may 24 I guess
 Reply by: Mcast      Posted: Jan. 7, 2:59:59 PM     Points: 0    
MARCH 31 2020
 Reply by: TroutStalker      Posted: Jan. 7, 10:17:22 PM     Points: 97    
April 14th
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 8, 10:55:59 AM     Points: 4595    
Well it was eight degrees at the cabin this morning and about zero at the lake,
Itís still capped!

The following need to pick a date as your selection was taken.

Strange bow
Baby hunter
Mile high fishing
Eye fishin

Total locked down you have 5/3
Kottob you have 5/16,

March is open except 14, 30, 31
April is all wiped out.
May Open. 18, 19, 21, 22, 25 thru end of month .

Please repick as necessary.
Tight lines Bill
 Reply by: jake2011      Posted: Jan. 8, 2:38:02 PM     Points: 63    
April 4th. Thanks- John K
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 9, 10:32:23 AM     Points: 4595    
Jake 2011 please double check all of April is taken, the post above yours shows whatís left.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jan. 9, 11:00:34 AM     Points: 51846    
Bill I enjoy your contest every year! I've been close. It always blows my mind how many people double pick dates.
 Reply by: mckinzie      Posted: Jan. 9, 11:22:51 AM     Points: 14    
March 31st. Thanks
 Reply by: mckinzie      Posted: Jan. 9, 11:23:26 AM     Points: 14    
Sorry, March 29th.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 9, 11:23:28 AM     Points: 4595    
I hear you goose, maybe this year will be your time?
Fun way to get folks cranked up on ice out, and amazingly Spinney is at 81% full at the latest report, Antero is dumping 13-14 cfs right now, thatís the highest volume Iíve seen this time of year, itís usually 5 cfs +/-. The 81% is the highest Iíve seen Spinney in January in the past twelve years Iíve been plotting it. Good for the bug population.
 Reply by: MileHighMike      Posted: Jan. 9, 12:28:49 PM     Points: 134    
 Reply by: jazzyjeff      Posted: Jan. 11, 7:00:40 AM     Points: 138    
 Reply by: FISHINGFURRY      Posted: Jan. 11, 12:11:54 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: FISHINGFURRY      Posted: Jan. 11, 12:13:43 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jan. 11, 6:14:09 PM     Points: 568    
 Reply by: Nick 95      Posted: Jan. 12, 6:54:40 PM     Points: 0    
May 21st. Thank you.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Jan. 13, 6:56:08 AM     Points: 1854    
Iím really excited that the lake is at 81%. Maybe this year we will get a great early Callibeatis hatch to go with the damsels.

Good luck everyone on your guess for the ice off contest..!
 Reply by: Log39      Posted: Jan. 13, 9:28:41 AM     Points: 33    
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: Jan. 13, 2:21:25 PM     Points: 2003    
 Reply by: merleb      Posted: Jan. 13, 11:39:25 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 16, 11:31:00 AM     Points: 4595    
April is gone, Fishing Furry pick a different date please.

Open dates Feb. all
March 1-13 open, 14-28 open.
May 26-31 open

 Reply by: Nmnm      Posted: Jan. 16, 11:35:46 AM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: CHRISMAS      Posted: Jan. 16, 11:57:57 AM     Points: 84    
 Reply by: CHRISMAS      Posted: Jan. 16, 11:58:58 AM     Points: 84    
Correction. March 28th
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 17, 12:23:10 PM     Points: 4595    
Ryan has the 28th , please pick again.First to the 13 and 15 to 27 are open in March.
 Reply by: Pike Master      Posted: Jan. 18, 10:35:07 PM     Points: 127    
I will try for April 9th. Thank you Bill.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Jan. 18, 10:47:10 PM     Points: 1580    
How's about St. Patricks Day, March 17th!
 Reply by: FlyzXtrem e      Posted: Jan. 19, 8:39:13 PM     Points: 2925    
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 20, 12:57:35 PM     Points: 4595    
Pike master and Flyxtreme
All of April was filled a while ago, pick again please.
 Reply by: Miklo1980      Posted: Jan. 20, 4:34:10 PM     Points: 9    
March 26th for Bill. Thank you sir!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jan. 21, 11:23:28 AM     Points: 4595    
If you haven't secured a date yet......

March 1 thru 25 are open also the 27th

April is full.

May 27-31. are open

Good luck.
 Reply by: clownfisher      Posted: Jan. 30, 12:43:07 PM     Points: 6    
March 25th please

 Reply by: VolcanoSteve      Posted: Jan. 30, 2:04:29 PM     Points: 59    
March 31 for me
 Reply by: VolcanoSteve      Posted: Jan. 30, 2:05:19 PM     Points: 59    
Actually, make that March 27 since the 31st was taken.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jan. 30, 10:56:07 PM     Points: 44    
What year is it?
 Reply by: Pike Master      Posted: Feb. 1, 8:54:05 AM     Points: 127    
How about March 29th for me.
 Reply by: Dehfly      Posted: Feb. 3, 6:09:36 AM     Points: 0    
April 11th.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 3, 11:14:53 AM     Points: 4595    
McKenzie has March 29

All of April is filled

In March 1-16 open and 18-24 open
Please pick again.
Good Luck to all,

Yes the ocean is soft and 72 degrees, come on soft water!!
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: Feb. 3, 12:12:24 PM     Points: 399    
Bill, hook me up with March 24. Thanks! A
 Reply by: HKL      Posted: Feb. 3, 11:21:04 PM     Points: 129    
 Reply by: FlyzXtrem e      Posted: Feb. 4, 9:38:50 AM     Points: 2925    
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: Feb. 11, 10:18:43 PM     Points: 3788    
March 22nd
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 12, 10:32:50 AM     Points: 4595    
Please pick again Kithme has the 14th.
March 1-13 and 18-21 are open
Good luck,
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: Feb. 12, 4:54:57 PM     Points: 0    
March 21 I'm feeling it!
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Feb. 12, 5:00:24 PM     Points: 1580    
Getting in the game late, but with this weather it may be an advantage! March 18th
 Reply by: Lil Dave      Posted: Mar. 2, 6:37:18 PM     Points: 103    
March 20th
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: Mar. 2, 8:46:30 PM     Points: 1319    
Iíll take March 19 then.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 3, 2:24:41 PM     Points: 4595    
Here's the Spinney Ice Off Contest.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Mar. 3, 8:17:37 PM     Points: 1580    
I think i double dipped and took march 17 & 18. Doesn't appear either one will be close but feel free to assign me either and open up the other date so someone else can lose along with me🥴
 Reply by: kottob      Posted: Mar. 18, 5:08:34 PM     Points: 123    
Per CPW, first Saturday after ice off. That knocks out a lot of us
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Mar. 18, 9:57:19 PM     Points: 28557    
Thanks for the good news! Iíve got 4/11
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 19, 10:25:42 AM     Points: 4595    
Interesting with the Covid19 outbreak I begin to wonder if the CPW will allow anyone on the lake until this whole thing settles down?
There's always a possibility that they would not be in favor of having inspections which could expose the employees to the virus?
It's a wait and see for now and our plans to travel to Colorado the end of April might just be a pipe dream?
Time will tell, the fish are in there, it's just a matter of when we can get to them.
 Reply by: idlerick      Posted: Mar. 19, 10:56:54 AM     Points: 4    
Bill- You guys fly back or drive?
We've always driven, but the thought of staying in even clean motels, eating meals in restaurants, etc has us spooked. Hate to leave our best vehicle here, but I need a new truck anyway.
Looking at flying out of Tampa or Ft Myers. Cheap seats these days - TPA to DEN is $15 on Frontier! (Plus all the add-ons.)
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 20, 9:19:54 AM     Points: 4595    
We've never driven to Colorado, just too time consuming and our Fl. cars are not what we'd want out there. We usually fly Palm Beach to DEN or Colorado Springs. . We keep a Jeep out there which works out fine. Travel this year may present some challenges?
Stay healthy and wash your hands.
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Mar. 20, 3:19:32 PM     Points: 1017    
So do they stock fish under the ice? Or does that notice mean there's at least some open water already?
 Reply by: idlerick      Posted: Mar. 20, 8:45:15 PM     Points: 4    
They will drill a large (12-18"?) hole and actually pump a fish/water slurry into the frozen lake through a flexible pipe.
They used to stock in fall, just before ice-up, but now apparently they're doing it in March. Can't tell you why the change.
They also used to stock 12-15" fish, to make it easier for them to avoid the pike, but it's very expensive to raise them to that size. So, hatchery budgets being what they are, they're smaller now, and both the pike and the cormorants enjoy them before they can grow up.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 21, 8:48:22 AM     Points: 4595    
Along the same lines it was interesting to watch the stocking operation at Antero last summer. I was at the lake one day when an 18 wheeler with 12 huge tanks on it pulled up to the North ramp. The operators had a 20' or so flat bottomed boat with three huge water tanks as well as full aeration systems. The 18 wheeler was also equipped with large oxygen tanks at the rear.
They hand dipped fish from the tanks into the waiting boat then drove the fish to various parts of the lake. Talking with the new lake biologist I found out they stock 3-4" fingerlings only in Antero as there isn't a pike predation problem. They put 150,000 fish in that day and I was told they had the same operation on the South side of the lake, 300,000 fish total. He noted that typically Antero gets over a MILLION fish per year.
Amazingly I watched them empty the entire truck and I did not see one dead fish anywhere in the area, also with this method there was no pelican or sea gull activity at the ramp.
My only regret looking back was I didn't film or take pictures of this, it just didn't feel appropriate at the time.
Wash your hands!
 Reply by: idlerick      Posted: Mar. 21, 9:57:32 AM     Points: 4    
That's good to hear, Bill, how they spread the stocking out. I was always irritated when I'd see the little newbies hanging around the north ramp and pelicans and gulls leisurely chowing down. Then there were the "sports" who'd stand on the dock and toss mini-spinners out to catch these tiny fish. Some thrill, huh?
I know the loss percentage was small, but it was, I thought, unnecessary.
A guy has to wonder how there could be a million fish a year put in there and still have days when he couldn't buy a bite.
Ditto at Spinney. Back when they stocked larger fish in Nov the fishing the next year would be fantastic. You could have 50-fish days on 16" fish, but 20-inchers were hard to come by. Now it's a (small) handful of nice fish and almost nothing under 19". Pike and cormorants, I'm guessing.
I guess we'll fly back in April. They just closed the beaches here, following museums, galleries, etc. But if we're gonna be bored we might as well do it in 80-degree weather rather than 40.
Stay safe.
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Mar. 21, 10:08:19 AM     Points: 1017    
Thanks for the great information. With no successful spawning possible in either lake, we'd have nothing without stocking by CPW. Incredible quality large fish opportunities for the very minor cost of a fishing license. We need to show more gratitude to CPW, IMHO.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 21, 10:18:34 AM     Points: 4595    
Well stated Skunk, I too feel the CPW does an amazing job, my biggest gripe is they don't, each year, increase fees to cover the costs associated with maintaining the resource. No one likes a 100% increase that happened once in the last ten years, I'd much rather see a 5% annual increase every year, that is how most businesses operate.

 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Mar. 21, 11:24:41 AM     Points: 1017    
Amen to that, Bill. I expect CPW managers and leaders themselves would strongly support such a practice of gradual fee increases, but it's the Legislature or the CPW Commission that prevents that from happening, most likely because there are too many members of the public who complain about any license increases.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 21, 12:47:49 PM     Points: 4595    
I immediately think about computers, "garbage in and garbage comes out"

Also a line I used to use as a sales tool with my boat sales company,
"if you want clean sweet good tasting oats you have to pay a premium, if you want cheap oats, get the ones that come out of the horse"

Wash your hands
 Reply by: fishonnn      Posted: Mar. 21, 2:50:00 PM     Points: 0    
April 13th
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Mar. 22, 8:47:16 AM     Points: 1017    
Thanks, Bill. I'm a little slow at times, so am not clear on what you mean in your analogy? I do think I'll quit buying any store brand oatmeal, however, so thanks for that part! ☺
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 23, 9:46:38 AM     Points: 4595    
Generally speaking if you want quality you normally have to pay a bit more whether it's a piece of fishing tackle a gun or running the CPW, if they don't have enough to operate or try to cut too many corners, the end product, our fish and game resources ,suffer the consequences.
Don't want to sound "Preachy" but I personally want CPW to have enough money to maintain and improve our wonderful resources.
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Mar. 23, 9:31:59 PM     Points: 1017    
Thanks, Bill, I agree 100%.
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: Mar. 25, 5:36:54 PM     Points: 522    
Just heard rumblings of a possible May or June opening regardless of ice off. Opening day is going to create crowds, state does not want crowds right now.
 Reply by: Lieutant      Posted: Mar. 27, 9:28:22 PM     Points: 135    
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: Mar. 28, 5:04:03 AM     Points: 522    
Ha! No chance for early April IMO
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 28, 9:12:21 AM     Points: 4595    

Not that it matters now, April 6 was taken on January 6th at 1:50pm by Myanke.

The contest is now closed, a bit early, as it wouldn't be fair at this time to allow
new picks.

May is looking more competitive than ever before, all of the May dates from 1-26 are taken. Good luck to all, tight lines and smooth drags, stay safe wash your hands,
hopefully see you sooner than I expect .
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: Mar. 28, 10:54:12 AM     Points: 4712    
April 22nd, 430pm.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: Mar. 28, 10:58:00 AM     Points: 4712    
April 22nd, 430pm.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 28, 11:24:54 AM     Points: 4595    
If that happens I'll buy you a drink at the Hartsel "retreat".
 Reply by: HOWLERADO      Posted: Mar. 29, 8:39:46 AM     Points: 0    
Does this change things for the opener..... from CPW website. "Spinney Mountain State Park was already COMPLETELY closed for the winter season. Afterwards, work will be done on the reservoir before opening for summer." I sure hope not. I'm going with June 24.
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: Mar. 30, 12:01:03 AM     Points: 40301    
I just realized my July 24 pick doesn't look so absurd now. For the record, it was intended to be absurd. I hope to be in Canada that day, I'm just hoping the border is open by then.
 Reply by: _TroutHunter_      Posted: Mar. 31, 12:55:35 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: Mar. 31, 1:31:43 PM     Points: 516    
I like the idea of your contest just question the way it is set up.

Your contest is only limited to 1 entry per date with a limited # of dates.

Your current system is jaded towards the 1st 30 or so entries.

There are more entries than realistic dates available.

Why not allow multiple entries per date and draw a final winner from that date?

Seems like a much more fair opportunity for those entering at later dates then having to pick a date that is not a possible winner. JMO.

Good Luck to the winner. which will be one of the early entries by the way.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Mar. 31, 1:45:09 PM     Points: 4595    

Thanks for the input.

I'll bet you a bottle of really good bourbon that will not be the case this season..

True, generally speaking, the chances of it being open from March 15 to May 15 are probably the best.

I'll probably keep doing it this way until I run out of fishing tackle to give away, or I'd be more than happy to let another person do it their way.

In any case, I'm just hoping I can get to Colorado this year and bend the rod a few hundred times or so. When we get old we kind of get set in our ways, I'm old!!

Next year check the site frequently, in January, so you get an early "Choice" pick, hopefully I'll still be around to do it again.


 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Mar. 31, 1:52:34 PM     Points: 7902    
^^ And be quick to type in your answer! I had to change mine like 4 times this year because by the time I put in my initial response someone had jumped in front of me!
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: Mar. 31, 2:16:40 PM     Points: 516    
Bill thanks for your explanation response.

I made my submission in less than 24 hours after you posted the contest online and all april dates were gone.

With appox 60 dates available and 140+ replies to enter so far the #s do not work out as fair and equal to all who enter.

But then who said life was fair?

Considering the currect state of affairs, I will pick opening day as JULY 4,2020

* Notice I picked opening day, not ice out.
may the best fisherperson win!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Mar. 31, 4:45:02 PM     Points: 51846    
Not a bad idea steelhead. I personally like the way it is put together. Thoes who spend the most time on the forum generally get the best dates.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Mar. 31, 9:49:52 PM     Points: 28557    
Thanks for always putting this on Bill!!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Apr. 1, 12:46:59 PM     Points: 4595    
Your very welcome AJAX, it helps keep my mind on trout fishing Colorado, when I'm down here in the heat!
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Apr. 2, 2:28:17 PM     Points: 112    
FWIW.....Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota is ice free 2 weeks earlier than average.

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