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Lake: Red Rock Lake

Ice Fishing Red Rock Lake?

Post By: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/24/2022 7:07:45 AM     Points: 14546    
Has anyone fished Red Rock lake near Brainard Recreation area? I'm going to hit it Sunday of this week. It looks shallow and I can't see from the aerial photos what might be the deepest part. Any comments on it for those who have also fished it in the summer would be cool. Tight lines!
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 1/24/2022 7:20:11 AM     Points: 11170
I was gonna check that one out last year but never made it up there. Good luck. Hope it works out.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 1/24/2022 7:31:10 AM     Points: 2512
I have fished it. Never seen a fish caught or even seen a fish. It is super shallow and I believe it winter kills. They do stock it sometimes though from what I understand. Honestly... I think you would be better off walking just a little further to Brainard. I usually do really well ice fishing at Brainard
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/24/2022 8:09:10 AM     Points: 14546
Thanks for the reply Troutbisquits! I see that CPW did stock it this summer. If you had to guess, what would be the deepest part?

Any tips for a spot on Brainard? I fished Long Lake yesterday. Did really well for big Brookies but quite the hike up there with all the gear.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 1/24/2022 8:28:44 AM     Points: 2512
ND Transplant. Brainard and Long are connected, so you have a chance at some of those same big Brookies at Brainard. I like fishing by the deeper part of the lake. Kinda near the outlet area. 5 to 8 feet over there. But really it is such a small lake you might do well anywhere.

I made a video of ice fishing Brainard a few years ago if you are interested check it out! [log in for link]
 Reply by: BroncFan      Posted: 1/24/2022 8:59:45 AM     Points: 464
Cool video, thanks for the coffee break entertainment.
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/24/2022 10:49:57 AM     Points: 14546
Thanks Troutbisquits! Great video. I'll give it a shot and avoid Red Rocks. It appears it does winter kill.

 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/24/2022 12:44:51 PM     Points: 1814
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/24/2022 12:54:42 PM     Points: 14546
Hey Randog! Got any hotpots for me?
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/24/2022 1:16:50 PM     Points: 1814
ND, none left you already blasted them all.. oh wait here is one you have not spot burned yet.. Seamen res. LOL
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 1/24/2022 1:20:29 PM     Points: 1814
Nd Oh wait don't forget to Hotspot rainbow lakes. Also Douglas, boyd, lon Hagler, Estes lake, Joe wright let me know if I forgot anything, you are good at blowing up places.. Lol ps it's called a kype
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/24/2022 2:56:05 PM     Points: 14546
Bummer! Well if you think of any let me know. This summer you're in for a real treat. I'm going to hike to every single lake in RMNP and explain exactly how and where I catch them so that others will also know how. Sharing is caring :)
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 1/24/2022 6:12:14 PM     Points: 48925
ND, only a small percentage of FXR members can fish where you get to. I enjoy your posts especially with photos. You are not hotspotting...
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 1/24/2022 6:46:20 PM     Points: 61
ND and randog, you guys are hilarious! Keep the entertainment coming. There are no secret lakes in Colorado tho in my opinion. Just lakes you have to have more cojones to visit. The co fishing atlas basically ensured that. Glad to know other people will venture up in the back country for a 12 cut throat like I will when I actually have time. Stay safe and send pics.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 1/25/2022 10:38:52 AM     Points: 4095
I've tried icing Red Rock in the past. I never found water any deeper than about 3 feet in that lake. Brainard does have a good population of small brookies. and if you can handle the wind, you can have alot of fun up there.
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 1/25/2022 11:34:17 AM     Points: 14546
Thanks Hunter. I think I'm gonna try Long again Saturday and then Brainard Sunday. Long was super good to me on Sunday last week. I even managed a personal best and master angler sized 16" female out of there. Amazing Brookie fishery.
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 1/25/2022 1:10:11 PM     Points: 791
that is an awesome size for almost a drive-to lake. i know from the outlet there are some nice ones in that lake but the lake itself, in summer, just seems so big to figure out from shore. the guy that wrote a book on indian peaks did say he got a 17er in long.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 2/24/2022 2:21:54 PM     Points: 1814
Lol Bron, except for the 300 vehicles at rawlins pass trailhead,
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 2/25/2022 1:36:34 PM     Points: 14546
It's actually "Rollins" not rawlins and I've never seen 300 vehicles there, Randal.

Maybe three tops. I can't wait to make a few videos up there this summer. Yeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaw!

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