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Lake: Antero Reservoir

Tips for ice fishing Antero

Post By: Gunnar      Posted: 11/30/2020 9:59:29 PM     Points: 1315    
I have never ice fished Antero before but have fished it open water. I am wondering if I need to put a heavier line on my ice fishing reels before trying to ice fish it. I usually run 2 to 3 pound test on my ice rods but I am concerned that will be to light for the large trout in Antero.

Any advice on how tor rig my rods?
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/30/2020 10:55:13 PM     Points: 166    
My favorite rig for Antero is dead sticking a noodle rod with 3# micro ice line and a mini reel with good drag. Very effective rig when the bite is light.
 Reply by: spawnbags      Posted: 12/1/2020 7:24:46 AM     Points: 23    
I use 6 lb Berkeley vanish.
 Reply by: Topgun      Posted: 12/1/2020 7:38:28 AM     Points: 504    
I use 4#, haven't lost one yet.
 Reply by: teagan999      Posted: 12/1/2020 7:51:36 AM     Points: 11    
Make sure your drags are set light and smooth - 4# will work great. I deadstick one and jig the other with a variety of jigs or spoons. The fish will definitely give you a fight on Antero. Good Luck
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/1/2020 7:54:04 AM     Points: 14734    
I use 4 pound with no issues. However a good drag helps and keep the line off the ice when/if the fish runs or it could cut the line.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 12/1/2020 8:43:58 AM     Points: 2419    
I use a Yo-Zuri hybrid in 4# test with no issues. I agree with the drag setting, and keeping the line off the ice. I also like to take my time fighting the fish. I’ve lost too many when I tried to horse them in. And finally, make sure your hook is “fingernail” sharp. Even new lures out of the package can use a touch up. Good Fishing! Ski
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 12/1/2020 8:59:14 AM     Points: 447    
I use either 4 or 6#.
Ư on setting your drag light.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 12/1/2020 10:37:39 AM     Points: 74    
Tie fresh knots and feel your line for nicks--especially after you have caught a fish. Also, test your drag after you have been out a while. What was smooth to start with will be too stiff after the reel gets cold and moisture gets on any part of it. I have had great luck with #4 fluorocarbon(Berkley Vanish) but I have found #6 is just fine. Instead of opening the bail and dropping your rig---try hand stripping 2 feet at a time by hand. You will know how stiff your drag actually is and it stretches any curls in your line--eliminating slack. You also know exactly how far down you are which is good for low tech guys like me who use a hand auger, no shelter or electronic fish finders.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 12/1/2020 11:07:28 AM     Points: 15650    
I haven’t fished antero yet but have caught plenty of fish using 8lb flouro for many years now. Holds up well on the ice.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/1/2020 11:50:30 AM     Points: 1382    
SirGreg said the most common one. After fighting especially a big one re-tie and test the drag or it'll cost you fish.
 Reply by: thattomguy      Posted: 12/1/2020 6:10:28 PM     Points: 143    
4-6# Floro works good. Like others have said check your drag. And check it often. Some reels get a little tight in the cold weather.
Another tip, if you're fishing jigs, make sure your jigs are hanging straight.
Good luck and have fun.
 Reply by: Gunnar      Posted: 12/5/2020 5:21:23 PM     Points: 1315    
Thanks for all the help guys! When fighting big fish do you put your rod tip in the hole to keep your line from rubbing on the ice?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/5/2020 6:10:16 PM     Points: 59193    
I never put my tip in the water. In doing so you place your rod almost vertical loosing the majority of play in your rod. If your drag is adjusted correctly you should be able to keep your line away from the edge. I use an 8in hole so I'm sure that helps.
 Reply by: Psyko      Posted: 12/6/2020 7:47:29 PM     Points: 454    
Sir Greg is correct. I re-rig with new line every season to guard against brittle line. And after a few fish, I cut off a few feet to make sure I don't have nicks in the line. That said, I like the heavier line (6#) because it is stronger and easier to tie in the cold. It can be a little more difficult to get down but I adapt with split shot a foot or two above the bait.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 12/6/2020 8:30:52 PM     Points: 976    
Antero's not very deep, the tiniest jigs can get down just fine on 6 lb.
 Reply by: turbo      Posted: 12/7/2020 7:41:43 AM     Points: 8    
I like to use tube jigs hanging horizontal more life like, better action. Not all tube jig heads work for this presentation, sometimes ill front load the tube with a couple small split shot, then insert jig head into tube. I just realized this thread was about line anyways i prefer 4lb flourocarbon again check drag multiple times throughout the day'
 Reply by: Gunnar      Posted: 12/7/2020 9:32:51 PM     Points: 1315    
Thanks guys! I am going to try and get out this week and give it a shot. Also Turbo I am open to all advice so it's all good!
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 12/8/2020 9:10:02 AM     Points: 2105    
Yea light line and sharp hooks . I have ultra light ice rods they help when fighting large fish on light line .
 Reply by: turbo      Posted: 12/8/2020 8:16:13 PM     Points: 8    
try a 1/32 or 1/16 oz power tube. white, pink, yellow etc.. I have had luck with all colors. one rod 1ft off bottom, one rod 3ft below ice. the power tube jig head is perfect for a horizontal presentation. tip one rod with half piece of gulp corn the other with a waxie. light action rods work best. make sure to pull your Knott tight to maintain that horizontal appearance "KEY", check your drag frequently with cheap reels. if you don't get bit within 45min move.
Good Luck, Tight Lines & Doubles
 Reply by: fishing bum      Posted: 12/9/2020 8:53:26 AM     Points: 2766    
Find the weeds and try to find 9-10 fow. Fish atomic tubes or anything that mimics scuds. I usual do better dead sticking
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 12/10/2020 12:31:48 PM     Points: 1382    
I spent the last two days at Antero and 11 Mile. I had great success fishing South ramp about 140 yards out in 11feet of water you'll see some weeds under you, i fish on top of them or keep drilling around the area where the weed edge is. Hope that helps.
 Reply by: catchem      Posted: 12/10/2020 7:44:43 PM     Points: 124    
I find that very active jigging attracts more fish to come and look, but once I see one come in I hold the jig dead still to get the bite.
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 12/10/2020 9:36:23 PM     Points: 399    
Use these.. 4lb test, jigs tipped w shrimp, stay away from the crowds!
 Reply by: Gunnar      Posted: 12/11/2020 1:02:40 AM     Points: 1315    
You guys are the best thanks for the help!
 Reply by: superfish      Posted: 12/11/2020 7:31:00 AM     Points: 77    
ADub TT those are my go-to baits also! Something to be said about that.

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