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Lake: Antero Reservoir

First Ice fishing trip of the year!!

Post By: The Fishing Junky      Posted: 11/18/2020 1:06:59 PM     Points: 20    
So a buddy and I set out on Sunday originally to hit up the brown trout bite at Antero in open water. Later on in the day we were gonna head to st. Maryís for first ice. We ended up finding fishable ice at Antero and just stayed there for the day. Hereís a video of how that trip went! I promise youíll enjoy the video!!
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 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/18/2020 1:27:08 PM     Points: 1646    
Crazy to think falling on that ice would have resulted in a organ puncture.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: 11/18/2020 2:07:33 PM     Points: 2481    
Nice work. You're bolder than me.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/18/2020 2:28:01 PM     Points: 74    
That wind-broken and refrozen ice gives me a pucker fact of 10! Be careful man!!!!!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/18/2020 4:09:04 PM     Points: 1646    

The thickness was not an issue, it was 4.5 inches. The ice shape, another story it would hurt if fallen on.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 11/18/2020 4:22:24 PM     Points: 20960    
Actually greg has it right. Ice that is broken and refrozen is less safe. Even at 5 inches.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 11/18/2020 5:11:48 PM     Points: 279    
Too each their own! Whatís safe for me may not be safe for you. I might have tried it but my gf would have killed me! Looks like no fish or humans were harmed so...
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 11/18/2020 5:23:56 PM     Points: 20960    
I'm not saying don't go out on it just saying its less safe.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/18/2020 6:01:01 PM     Points: 62124    
I'm not a fan of broken refroze ice. I'll fish some questionable ice as far as thickness but when it's refroze it's hard to read. Always bring that spud bar.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/18/2020 11:12:13 PM     Points: 1646    
Yea we can't mention it enough, ice is never safe. I was just being factual about the ice thickness for those curious about it that is all. Greg is definitely correct.
 Reply by: The Fishing Junky      Posted: 11/19/2020 7:15:48 AM     Points: 20    
It was pretty solid ice, I mean it was sketchy, but we were prepared...
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/19/2020 7:43:58 AM     Points: 10085    
Lake I was fishing last year had the broken refrozen ice on it. Even though it looked way unsafe. It was some of the best ice on the lake last season. Be smart use the spud bar.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/19/2020 8:17:57 AM     Points: 1646    
The people I don't get last year, that Frost Bite channel made a episode on Antero fishing 2.5 inches of ice, yes it was clean ice but geez man, you're almost asking for it at that point.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 11/19/2020 12:50:43 PM     Points: 20960    
Actually 2.5 inches of solid clear ice would be stronger than 4 inches of broken ice on a half frozen lake. Everything for weight ratings for ice is based off a 30 radius around the weight of the object. 3" of solid ice can hold a 200ish lbs person as long as it is equal within that 30 foot radius. When you are talking about moving water and half broken ice you can get a wave that shifts the whole ice and brake it instantly. Much like what happened to goose and I were 5 inches of solid ice can and will still flex and make a 2 foot ice wave. If it were broken and refrozen ice that would shatter and everyone would fall through.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/19/2020 1:03:10 PM     Points: 1646    

Thank you for the educational response, we all appreciate it. I have been part of a wave under the ice once at Granby, my gosh is it the freakiest sound I've ever heard in my life made me run and jump instantly. I was with the original FishingJunkie when it happened.

I bet not many people have experienced wave under the ice until they've ice fished for a while.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/20/2020 10:12:29 AM     Points: 6254    
Any kind of movement on the ice will get your attention, I experienced an ice quake at Chatfield last year, the whole north boat ramp bay moved in a vertical direction and returned to the original position. That will pucker your behind in a millisecond, fortunately there were no after shocks and we got a little laugh out of it. I have been ice fishing for over 50 years and never had that happen to me and I hope it never happens again.
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: 11/20/2020 12:33:53 PM     Points: 0    
Me and a friend were fishing near goose island at the mile. We were close to 3 pressure ridges that converged together. All of a sudden it was like someone fired a shotgun blast near my head! Where there was a big crack one slab of ice started to sink with water welling up. I started running toward the island! Then I said wait a minute Iím on 12Ē of ice I should be okay. My friend was frozen 🥶 like a deer in headlights! When I knew I was safe thatís when I started shaking uncontrollably. One of the most scared episodes of my life! Iíve fished on 2Ē of ice at Antero clear black ice and had great success. You just have to be careful. Clear black ice is the best. Itís the white milky ice you have to be careful of. When youíre on that thin of ice travel light and keep your distance! Be safe!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/20/2020 2:06:43 PM     Points: 1646    
So many crazy stories I'm reading. Just goes to show you no experience can be the same and caution is a must no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are
 Reply by: The Fishing Junky      Posted: 11/21/2020 7:45:41 AM     Points: 20    
Last year the caraziest thing happened to me at willow creek. We were walking off the ice which was at the very least 14 inches, but I literally went through right next to the bank. Luckily it was shallow enough I didnít go all the way through, but thatís just a reminder to me that Ice is never safe no matter how thick it is!! I always have rope in my backpack or the sled!!!
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 11/24/2020 2:25:53 PM     Points: 2315    
PFD , ice spikes and a spud bar for early ice no exceptions
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 11/24/2020 9:44:55 PM     Points: 407    
From Sunday..right and left side views from S boat ramp
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 11/24/2020 9:50:33 PM     Points: 407    
Then over to N side...thin skim ice, no way to go out without going thru. We shall see whoíll be first to venture out N side and post up. This cold snap oughta thicken her up a bit?! 🥶
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 11/24/2020 9:54:11 PM     Points: 407    
Last few, hill o death park Lot views, inch or two skim at best, didnít see any open water

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