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Where is your first ice?

Post By: Assassin      Posted: 11/25/2020 3:23:55 AM     Points: 1074    
Hey all,

I know us hardwater fans are getting geared up. What are your plans for your first trip? Fight the crowds and traffic at Dillon? Already hiked up into 10k+ lakes? Wait for some hog waters?

I spend more time than I'd like to admit thinking about where I'll be heading.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 11/25/2020 3:32:00 AM     Points: 1074    
Been away from the forum for awhile. We bought our first house, its over 80 years old and it needed some love so been pretty busy. Ive been fishing I think once in the last few months.

Have a trip planned in January to Leadville, going to hit Twin lakes while were up there weather and conditions permitting.

Im thinking my first trip will be something accessible off I70 to make sure my gear is all good Unless I don't get some free time before something better locks up.

Tight lines
 Reply by: Troutman      Posted: 11/25/2020 12:12:37 PM     Points: 62    
Antero. Usually ready right around my birthday. Mid December
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 11/25/2020 12:26:11 PM     Points: 2871    
Red Feathers -- usually around the first of Dec.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 11/25/2020 3:17:49 PM     Points: 42    
Grand Mesa! Have hit it a few times already and going back all weekend after Thanksgiving!!
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 11/25/2020 4:47:56 PM     Points: 1074    
I kinda forgot about red feather with the fire this year.

Troutman good way to spend a birthday

Team COFF sweet you are already getting out on some ice. I watched some of that video those roadside minnows look cool
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/27/2020 4:05:21 PM     Points: 1324    
I'm not a fan of little stockers like in most lakes if i'm going to ice fish early, so i try to do a hike to high alpine lakes with some decent brookies or out in some far lakes out to Wyoming. Besides Antero. I will be going to Wyoming Monday, a lot of lakes out there some that have been frozen for a couple of weeks now.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 11/28/2020 1:13:02 AM     Points: 1074    
Oh nice. I tried twin buttes last year and didn't even mark a fish but I might try there or hattie again in december. Im an hour closer to them than south park anyway
 Reply by: Fishinearl23      Posted: 11/28/2020 6:48:56 AM     Points: 115    

All those laramie plains lakes can be tough but they do have some big fish. I'm in the same boat as you as far as distance, WY is much closer but a tad more peaceful.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/30/2020 1:43:17 PM     Points: 1324    

I have yet to go to Twin Buttes, hear nothing but good things about the fishing there.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: 11/30/2020 2:52:58 PM     Points: 1558    
I made a new rule last year to guarantee my first ice fishing trip by my b-day in early Dec. Happy B-Day Troutman!

Last year I was at Dillon. This year I hoped to be at JW, but looks like it's still gonna be closed. Dowdy is always a good first trip to get the rust off, but I wanted to try something new. Maybe Wyo this year...
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/30/2020 3:16:15 PM     Points: 15650    
First ice for me this year was Dillon. Quiet the village out on the ice. Also hit officers gulch and curtain ponds. Fish didnít seem to play too much but the weather was great.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/30/2020 3:34:47 PM     Points: 1324    
Gone Fishing,

You ever try Clinton Reservoir, you weren't too far. I feel like Officers Gulch fish are small. Are they getting any bigger?
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/30/2020 5:22:10 PM     Points: 15650    
Fishhuntnow - I have not been there. Actually that was my first time to the officers gulch and curtain ponds. (Thanks for the help Cisco) Kool areas differently want to go explore some up there. I only managed one tiny brookie. So I canít speak too much about the size of the fish. Seems everything that was on the finder were small. They would chase but wouldnít commit. I will have to look up Clinton reservoir.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/30/2020 5:23:40 PM     Points: 15650    
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 11/30/2020 5:48:49 PM     Points: 1246    
Never ice fished clinton but the summer time is a ton of fun
Theres some nice cutthroats in there. Really deep and lots of structure in their
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 11/30/2020 9:09:17 PM     Points: 1324    
Right on. Yes riper, I love fishing Clinton in summer, the Cutties are gorgeous and sometimes a challenge to get into but a lot of fun once you get on em.

Gone Fishin, it's a bit steep of a lake to access and a bit difficult ice fishing especially with the snow but doable, would definitely team up with a person to fish it. I'm going to try it Sunday with some buddies.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: 11/30/2020 9:10:31 PM     Points: 1932    
@GoNe_FiShIn_11, I see my hut at the left side of your pic, the double-sized black Frabill. Was my first ice of the season too. :-)
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/30/2020 10:40:23 PM     Points: 15650    
Haha awesome river. I figured there might have been some other Fxr on the ice. How was the bite out there? I was kind curious but never moved out that far.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 12/1/2020 12:06:51 AM     Points: 1074    
That is a lot of people wow. I want to avoid that, I went early to dillon last year and it was not peaceful at all with everyone's chatter and what not. I have never been to Clinton that looks beautiful. Hopefully red feather will freeze up im closer to there than most ice, even if just to knock the rust off.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: 12/5/2020 7:56:20 PM     Points: 1932    
GF11, bite was good for us until about 8, when it drastically slowed down. We pulled in limits, bites were not nearly as light as we've seen in years past. We left at about 10.
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: 12/6/2020 5:52:19 AM     Points: 381    
Saint Marys glacier the week before thanksgiving to catch tigers and then on the 23 we hit Dillon. My favorite spot for the snake river is where the black flip over is next to the shore right in the middle of that pick. Bite was good until 12 and not many people thankfully but it was a monday. Went to evergreen yesterday and will be going back in about 2 hours to enjoy the 50 degree weather. I always set up my tent up there just so nobody comes up asking stupid questions. Here is a pick from that day at Dillon.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 12/6/2020 6:34:25 AM     Points: 1074    
Nice looking fish
 Reply by: dblendc      Posted: 12/7/2020 10:29:29 AM     Points: 256    
If I want to be surrounded by people I would go to walmart!

I'm a fan of Leadville. If the 10k feet of elevation doesn't scare off others the hike up the hill of death toting all the gear will.

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