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Lake: Gross Reservoir

Gross Reservoir ice ???

Post By: camp yip      Posted: 2/13/2020 7:20:51 PM     Points: 0    
Checking if anyone knows what the ice conditions are at the boat launch? Just looking for safe ice and FISH! I know the ice can get pretty sketchy at Gross, but I'm hoping it's thick and safe this Saturday (2/15/2020) and the fish are active.

I may also go fish one of the Red Feather lakes on Sunday. Any suggestions from someone who might have caught fish out that way recently would be appreciated.

Anyway, have a great day and I appreciate any positive feedback.
 Reply by: Chad L.      Posted: Feb. 13, 7:53:49 PM     Points: 26    
just start at inlet, it will be frozen. Work your way back to parkling lot if frozen.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Feb. 14, 3:27:29 AM     Points: 44    
If you have never been there I would skip Gross. I have seen a lot of reports on this site about funky surprises that give me bad dreams. Aim higher. My fitty cent.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Feb. 14, 10:21:58 AM     Points: 489    
With the drawdowns, I can guarantee you there will be a sloped ice shelf to get onto the lake, roughly 7-10ft of 30 degree of ice in chunk form.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Feb. 14, 11:12:30 AM     Points: 44    
More nightmare material. I have never been there but I have heard of springs that cause the ice to have wildly different levels of thickness, dangerous slab shorelines from rapid drawdowns, extreme winds that jack up the ice continuity as well as strange areas where there the temperature got very warm but didn't affect an area several hundred yards away.--all kinds of stuff. Its just gross.
 Reply by: Twistertail      Posted: Feb. 14, 1:32:18 PM     Points: 353    
I fished Gross yesterday and the ice was about 6 inches thick everywhere I fished. They have started dropping the water level some but there are no ice shelves to deal with getting on and off the ice. Access to the ice was easier than I have ever seen it. On the north side off the reservoir you can see where the water level has dropped a foot to a foot and a half since the lake has frozen over. there was about 8 inches of snow and two inches of slush on the lake yesterday from snow on Wednesday night. It was tough traveling on the lake while pulling a sled. Those conditions should improve with wind an sun. There were fish everywhere we fished and they were more than willing to hit the standard lake trout baits.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Feb. 14, 1:44:25 PM     Points: 197 the whole lake capped? mind sharing the general areas you were that saw 6inches?
 Reply by: Twistertail      Posted: Feb. 14, 2:06:01 PM     Points: 353    
The whole lake is capped. I only fished in the boat ramp bay from the mouth of the inlet arm to the east to the mouth of the narrows area that heads towards the dam. I heard augers several times coming from the dam area during the day. I did see a ranger when I was leaving and he told me that there were fishermen fishing near the dam. He didn't mention how thick the ice was over was over there. He also mentioned that people were fishing by the boathouse.
I would have ventured further but the slush and snow was sticking to my sled and I had to stop every 30 to 40 yards and clean off the sled bottom to keep moving. I was fishing in 70 to 80 feet of water and I found fish everywhere I drilled.
 Reply by: Twistertail      Posted: Feb. 14, 4:32:19 PM     Points: 353    
A couple pictures from yesterday at Gross.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: Feb. 19, 6:37:13 PM     Points: 1692    
whole lake is capped 10in more on inlet coves and osprey point . slush sucked but i caught 6 better lakers during a short session . use a spud bar when getting on the ice . thin ice on shore lines is possible .
 Reply by: randog      Posted: Feb. 19, 8:14:10 PM     Points: 1649    
The water has dropped about 20 ft in the last 4 weeks
 Reply by: 007      Posted: Feb. 20, 8:32:41 AM     Points: 68    
Got out this weekend, shorelines are cracking with open edges and sketchy most everywhere we looked. Went with a buddy holding the rope on shore and after a harrowing 10 feet or so found 6 inches of ice with 3 of slush. Landed 1 small laker. Use the buddy system and have throw ropes and ice picks out here, wouldnt hurt to have spare clothes too. Even with the cool temps, with the lake falling, I dont see it getting better.

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