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Lake: Aurora Reservoir

Aurora ice or the lack of . . .

Post By: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 1/13/2020 12:09:46 PM     Points: 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
 Reply by: coloradocity      Posted: Jan. 13, 2:06:47 PM     Points: 90    
Thanks HP for the Ice report, I'm hoping next moment might bring some cold weather! I've gone through ice once in my life and I don't ever wanna do that again! :)
 Reply by: Rowan      Posted: Jan. 13, 2:14:54 PM     Points: 71    
Here's hoping it thickens up!
 Reply by: coloradocity      Posted: Feb. 5, 4:33:13 PM     Points: 90    
 Reply by: Gravel pit      Posted: Feb. 6, 1:36:28 AM     Points: 4    
Any new reports?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 6, 3:26:30 AM     Points: 7090    
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.
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: Feb. 6, 4:29:48 AM     Points: 522    
Bright sunny days have nothing to do with ice formation or melting. Wind is the #1 enemy
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 6, 6:30:21 AM     Points: 7090    
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.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Feb. 6, 8:11:02 AM     Points: 806    
Bright sunny days have everything to do with the 2-4ft of open water along the shorelines. Can't fish if ya can't get on!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 6, 10:16:04 AM     Points: 7090    
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.
 Reply by: Pitbull44      Posted: Feb. 6, 7:27:46 PM     Points: 155    
Anyone make it out to check the ice? Hoping to fish it tomorrow if any one has any updates?
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Feb. 6, 8:03:37 PM     Points: 27    
Sorry you all are having such a rough one down there this year...Hope it gets better for you guys!!
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: Feb. 6, 8:44:11 PM     Points: 846    
HP, one thing that sucks about using the plank, when someone pulls it to shore and your still on the ice. Not fun at all, you get wet.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 7, 8:20:00 AM     Points: 7090    
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: coloradocity      Posted: Feb. 8, 3:10:33 PM     Points: 90    
Is anyone out there, I'm thinking i'll try Monday morning! I was told at the gate that "the coves have about 7" but to be careful"!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 9, 9:37:59 AM     Points: 7090    
SEE MY NEW POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 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: ratherbefishing      Posted: Feb. 15, 6:17:07 PM     Points: 105    
Chad L, how thick are the coves
 Reply by: coloradocity      Posted: Feb. 18, 7:29:50 AM     Points: 90    
Has anyone tried the Marina area?
 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.
 Reply by: coloradocity      Posted: Feb. 18, 11:34:47 AM     Points: 90    
Thanks Brian!
 Reply by: CO Fishing Dude      Posted: Feb. 18, 3:48:04 PM     Points: 0    
I fished Marina cove from 12pm-3pm yesterday. Caught a few trout on jig tipped with waxies, ice was around 4-6inches.
 Reply by: 007      Posted: Feb. 20, 8:45:01 AM     Points: 68    
What kind of board are you guys using to get out on the ice?
 Reply by: 007      Posted: Feb. 20, 8:53:31 AM     Points: 68    
What kind of board are you guys using to get out on the ice?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 20, 9:07:17 AM     Points: 7090    
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.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Feb. 24, 11:36:39 AM     Points: 806    
FYI 2 fell in yesterday (Sunday) morning @ the mouth of Senac. Ambulance was called but I guess the 2 got out safely on there own.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 24, 1:39:47 PM     Points: 7090    
wingman13 . . . .the mouth to Senac is a pretty general description . . . .any better description than that? . . . .Were they too close to the open water?
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Feb. 24, 2:34:10 PM     Points: 806    
I believe they tried to go from Senac to the flats (mid lake), between the shore and West of the open water. There is a bottleneck there that looked real sketchy.

I think we saw you on Sat, did you go on your bike East of the open water from Lonetree to the flats ?
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Feb. 24, 2:36:54 PM     Points: 806    
This is just my thought, as we did not see them fall in. Ice appeared real bad there. The Rangers told us they went from Senac.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 24, 2:39:06 PM     Points: 7090    
I was on my trike . . .came in from gate 5 and rode strait toward the tower . . .met up with three other guys that came in the main gate.I went around the open water on the east side.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 24, 5:14:26 PM     Points: 7090    
Guy I talk to said "silicone glue pool noodle around the edge of your sled" . . .
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.

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