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Lake: Aurora Reservoir

Things to think about ice fishing Aurora

Post By: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/30/2020 5:04:23 PM     Points: 8568    
So the Aurora water dept. found some water and are slowly pumping it into Aurora . . .very good right? Not so fast folks.this can lead to a few not so good/fun things. First on my mind is weak or fake ice/shore access. If the lake goes up enough,there is new ice at the edge and that's where you need to pay attention .I have seen people go through the ice on the edge so many times . . .well it was solid this morning when I walked out! . . .the ice on the edge can be much thinner for many reasons . . . .Add to that a north shore that has southern sun shine all day and the sun can warm the ice from solar heat of the ground below the ice close to shore . . .another way that shore ice can get soft fast.Last,but not least . . .know where the water gets pumped in to at Aurora,The ice in that area can be weak from warmer water than the lakes water.
I spoke to a ranger today,he said it will take till next spring to get the lake back to normal pool.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/30/2020 9:52:59 PM     Points: 74    
I met a friend of a friend who "accidentally" drove a snowmobile on Montgomery Reservoir. They drilled a hole and found the water several feet below the ice sheet. Pucker time!!!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/31/2020 5:40:53 AM     Points: 8568    
Sir Greg88 . . .We did the same thing at Green MTN res . . . .I knew something was wrong when the first hole we cut didn't have water in it . . .That had to be the longest walk back to shore. I think a herd of elk were not so lucky that year . . .
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/31/2020 7:42:56 AM     Points: 59193    
I don't fish gmr for that reason, ever.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/31/2020 3:49:00 PM     Points: 8568    
B.Y.O.B.
Bring your own board . . . .
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/31/2020 6:04:08 PM     Points: 38744    
Gross is the same.
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 11/1/2020 4:17:04 PM     Points: 3287    
It looks like I won't be making it back up to Aurora before the end of Nov...I wish I could. But I am definitely wanting and planning on ice fishing there as long as the conditions allow...hopefully. Thank you for posting this Hawaiian Punch. Very informative info from someone who knows this lake is invaluable. I plan to come prepared with my extension ladder =). Hope to see you out there and possibly link up again! Until then stay safe out there guys!
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 11/1/2020 8:16:30 PM     Points: 268    
isnt that story of GMR super old/those elk fell thru 10+ years ago right? ive iced it probably close to 100 times in the past 5-6 years and never had this problem.

but in line with OP post: yes to all, please be careful on shore edges especially with early ice! BUY A SPUD BAR (and learn to use it)
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/2/2020 3:44:18 AM     Points: 8568    
3wayfisha . . . .yes . . .it's been a long time but history repeats it self . . . . .last year I got off the ice at Aurora early one day.The edge looked like it was safe . . .I broke through to my knee on my way off the ice . . .others were not so lucky that day.I know a guy that was ice fishing at Aurora,he and another guy got to ride a slab of ice from the south side all the way to the dam . . ."Name not the well ye shall drink from"
(never say never)
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: 11/2/2020 7:11:27 AM     Points: 109    
A couple of years ago I gave up ice fishing because of the topics covered in this post. I often times like to enjoy the outdoors alone and I decided that was not a good idea when ice fishing. I have to say though...it holds a special place in my memories....nothing like pulling a nice fish through an 8 inch hole in the ice.
Kiva