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Lake: Estes Lake

Ice on Estes?

Post By: khutch51      Posted: 12/7/2020 8:15:59 AM     Points: 789    
Hey guys, going up to Estes this weekend. Does anyone know if the lake is frozen enough to fish? Any input would be great! Thanks
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/7/2020 8:25:34 AM     Points: 36365
Ice fishing is not permitted on Lake Estes
 Reply by: khutch51      Posted: 12/7/2020 8:38:32 AM     Points: 789
Do you know of any close lakes with ice, say within 30 min drive?
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: 12/7/2020 9:03:42 AM     Points: 126
Brainard Lake
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 12/7/2020 11:40:37 AM     Points: 1693
I think you can ice Sprague
 Reply by: dblendc      Posted: 12/7/2020 4:34:09 PM     Points: 187
Do some homework about access to lakes in the surrounding area. Some places are blocked off because of the fires that went through. Please let us know where you end up and how you did.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/7/2020 7:14:52 PM     Points: 36365
You have FXR+, so you have access to a ton of data right here. Fishing maps can be the best for searching around an area. Click on the lake goes, youíll see species, reports, and regs such as no ice fishing on Estes.

Frankly itís not my favorite area for ice.. the lakes in the National park have a long list of rules, and really arenít that great. 98% of Sprague is a mud hole and 2í deep at best.

Plus, if you donít have an annual pass, thatís a lot of $$ to get in and fish.

Iíd hit Rambos for some booze, smokin Daveís for some bbq and drink while telling fish stories. Haha
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 12/7/2020 8:26:22 PM     Points: 3446
^^^ He is spot on EVERYTHING !!! I live in Estes and just went to Rambos liquor store and talked to Matt & Christy who own it . I live 3/4 of a mile from the store and they are good people !!! been going there for 25 years now. :)
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/7/2020 9:14:28 PM     Points: 36365
^^ they used to by my neighbors here in Johnstown till Matt bought the store from his mom and they moved up the canyon. Awesome people, and a selection like you donít see. Especially if you have good taste.

But the ice fishing stinks!! Haha

Youíd be better off bringing gear to fish the open parts of the Big T.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 12/7/2020 10:42:04 PM     Points: 69608
Normally I do not believe a word FMFO and especially AJAX says... but now I'm gonna have to wash my mouth out with soap.. cuz I pretty much agree with them,. Its' my limited experience with Lake Estes but it rarely even freezes completely, much less to be able to ice it (not legal) but with a little practice you can learn to catch lots of bows and browns from there. Nothing big, but enough to keep the trip entertaining.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 12/8/2020 11:23:04 AM     Points: 36365
Strange coincidence, we never admit that Jim is right either... hahaha

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