Post By: Hawaiian Punch Posted: 1/13/2020 12:09:46 PMPoints: 7090
Went out and did some scouting at Aurora today.Here is what I found,Marina cove is frozen out to where the sailboat tiny dock used to be.The ice is not pretty,it's gray and has wet areas all around it . . .not safe under any conditions.No one out on it. Seenack cove had ice/open water/ice/open water . . . .nothing to see there. Lonetree had what looked like three different ice packs.One in the back that looked clear but not very thick.One in the middle that was just skim ice and then the part closest to the main lake that looked like swiiss cheese ice. I'll post my pics,but they don't help much. 1. Seenack 2.Lonetree 3.Marina
We finally got cold at nights,but bright sunny days don't help the cause.Aurora is a deep lake in spots(90 ft) to get that much water cooled down enough to freeze the surface will take more than a few cold nights.I'm in Arvada,but I might run that way today or tomorrow and give it a look see . . . .remember . . .we had 60-70 degree weather last weekend.
Finnfeathers . . . .my driveway got cleared off by what wind? The sun melted it,not the wind . . .. .I shoveled my sidewalk after the snow stopped falling,but I don't shovel the driveway . . . .yes! it the sun that melts it . . .the high temp was 17 degrees yesterday . . .there was still snow melting everywhere I went (and the sun was shining on)Sure wind can help grow ice or make it melt,but don't tell me its the reason Aurora's got no ice.
Wingman13 is right on the spot . . . .I have been known to "walk the plank" to get on and off the ice,but what really sucks is when the ice shrinks while your fishing and you find yourself too far out to use the plank . . . .and or the edge get too soft to hold the plank.
The last time I walked a plank,the sun opened up the gap and turned the edge soft to the point where the plank broke through the ices edge . . .I got wet,but I was on my way out and had a set of dry cloths at the car . . .I hear others did not do as well as I did.It was at the marina cove at Aurora,I could have walked over to the south shore where the bank shadows the ice and got off,but I just had to try the plank . . . .
Reply by: Chad L. Posted: Feb. 14, 4:14:52 PM Points: 31
The water is the last thing you need to worry about. The ice is very suspect this year. I've been out (experienced) and the ice is ice in some places and straight up frozen snow in others. You can be on 3 inches of ice, and then 20 yds away, it.s 1/2 inches without even knowing.
Many places, there is not 1.5 inches of ice. It's all frozen snow. I swear, no joke, you could kick through in some places because it's just frozen snow, and not ice. I was walking on 1.5-2 inches today, 1 and 1/2 turn of my auger and through!........
BE CAREFULL. It was 63 degress today, when I came off there is a lot of slush.
Wearing a life vest wouldn't be a bad idea. The coves are ok, anything else, don't get lazy and think you're good ice, you're not.
Reply by: briantandrews Posted: Feb. 18, 10:06:29 AM Points: 93
I was at Aurora yesterday. I didn't fish but rode my bike for a lap around the lake there were people fishing in a lot of places including near the marina one guy I spoke to had no luck. I watched two groups walk off the ice near the marina with no trouble around 1 pm.
007 . . . .walk the plank mate! any old 2x10,2x12 will do. It's just the first step or two and then its solid ice.The east shore and areas in the shade tend to be better,but the push is on to fill the lake back up and that will make for expanding shore line . . . .even with the cold we are seeing at night the new area of ice between shore and the safe ice will be a step or two out.
Guy I talk to said "silicone glue pool noodle around the edge of your sled" . . . HIMMMMM!!!! I weighed it in my mind to go around the west side of the open water when I left Saturday,but it looked to be longer that way . .I took a big berth around the open water just in case . . .there was a crack running from the open water straight east for a long distance . . .it was 2 in thick ice.