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Lake: Dream Lake - RMNP
Fish: Greenback Cutthroat

Iced Dream Lake

Post By: John John      Posted: 2/13/2021 8:11:09 AM     Points: 4242    
Iced Dream Lake on 2/12/2021 (Friday). Was 5th vehicle in Bear Lake parking lot at 645am. Last 2 miles of the road was icy and mostly snow covered.
Trek up 1.1 mile trail was mostly snow packed. Since I was packing in my ice fishing equipment, trekking poles were very helpful as well as traction devices. IMO this is NOT a place to drag a jet sled due to short ledges and short (very) steep sections that you must cross. Snow shoes optional. Talked to several people who went to Emerald Lake, they ALL said snow shoes needed for that section of the trail.
The wind blew and it snowed the whole time. Having ski goggles made it a lot more comfortable. This is the most popular snowshoe trail in RMNP. So a bunch of snowshoers stopped to visit and take pictures. They were all polite and even ended up talking to regular fly fisherman of the lake. We traded fly fishing tips for alpine lakes.
Fish seemed to be coming by every 15 to 20 minutes. They are Greenback cutthroats and are under special regulations. All fish caught were quickly and safely returned to the water.
Ice is at least 31" thick. Which means drilling until the wing bolt of your hand auger is below the top of the ice. Choose locations to drill carefully, it is very is easy to accidentally drill into gravel or submerged boulders.

 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 2/13/2021 8:58:55 AM     Points: 7009
Very neat but just reaffirms why I fish soft water!
Pretty fish, tough going to catch them, for sure.
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 2/13/2021 9:37:09 AM     Points: 7444
What a cool adventure. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful fish.
 Reply by: GingerLife      Posted: 2/13/2021 9:35:53 PM     Points: 762
This is awesome, thanks for sharing! Congrats on the fish, its on my bucket list
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 2/15/2021 10:53:42 AM     Points: 6196
That's seriously badass!

I'm thinking of shoeing or skiing in to some lakes in GTNP this weekend. Got any tips beyond grabbing the ski goggles and an auger extension? Haha!

So jealous!!
 Reply by: John John      Posted: 2/15/2021 3:31:23 PM     Points: 4242
If possible, I recommend pulling a jet sled or a long narrow kids sled with a cover. For me a rescue shovel is a must. Last time I went there was 2' of snow. I also use a small diameter auger (5") since it's easier to use and lighter weight. If you take a fish finder, you can swap the battery out with a 4ah battery. Which cuts the weight in about half. Batterie Plus carries them.
Beyond that it's the usual. Take enough food and water because you will be burning a bunch of calories. Wear down if you can. On occassion, red can be a good color choice for jigs when icing alpine lakes. But the normall colors are usually good enough. Good Luck!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 2/15/2021 7:22:59 PM     Points: 395
Adventurous!! You go!!
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