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Lake: Antero Reservoir

Ice safe?

Post By: Lodharius      Posted: 3/31/2022 8:30:11 PM     Points: 10    
Are the ice conditions still good at antero? Trying to find a lake to take my mother on her first ice fishing trip.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 1, 5:49:01 AM     Points: 138
I'm wondering the same thing. Unless you have someone who lives up there and scouts regularly-you almost need to just go scout yourself. I usually have one wasted trip every spring where its too spooky to ice fish and not enough open water to bother from shore. Even though the ice may be plenty thick I get unnerved when there is water standing on top of it..
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:45:19 AM     Points: 8776
your timing is terrible, the ice fishing season is drawing to a close!
On Wednesday, the ice was very thick, and very rotten. If I drilled down 3/4 of the way through, the hole filled with water with 8" of ice below the auger. It's gonna go fast.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 3, 8:09:49 AM     Points: 138
After what I encountered at THE MILE Saturday I would say now is the time to take your least favorite mother in law....................Dicey!!!!
 Reply by: Infrared      Posted: Apr. 4, 2:38:29 PM     Points: 50
We typically have someone post on here when there's enough open water on the edges to give it a try with the fly rod.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 5, 12:12:21 PM     Points: 138
My gut says it will after this windy system blows through.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Apr. 9, 9:55:26 PM     Points: 2100
Has anyone driven by lately Antero lately? I’m wondering what the wind has done.? Still 2hrs of windshield time one way is prohibitive. Tell me 30-50’ of open water I’m there. Any input is greatly appreciated.

 Reply by: night hawk      Posted: Apr. 11, 8:33:56 PM     Points: 0
My buddy was up there this past Saturday, no open water to speak of. He said about 10 inches of open water north shore. Guys still ice fishing, wind and sun do amazing things to ice, could be fishable this weekend. My wife and I will be gone hunting those longbeards. You know there are probably 15-pound brown trout in there, but you got to fish at night for a crack at one of those monsters. If you go good luck.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Apr. 12, 6:27:04 AM     Points: 2100
Night hawk, you are right about the brown trout. I suspect there will be some true monsters caught this year. I even have a plan on targeting them. Mice patterns in the shallows at dusk. We caught several bigger browns last year. It seemed moo in than prior years. Fish that were 20”-23” plus. With a growth rate of 5”-7” a year. I believe one can reasonably expect some browns at 27”-30” this year.

But to the point Antero could have fish-able water this week. I also heard reports of soft water showing. I may be reaching but I’ve had a long drought called winter. Where my favorite water is inaccessible with a fly rod. It’s almost Christmas for a long rod fisherman.

 Reply by: Night stalker      Posted: Apr. 12, 8:13:58 AM     Points: 3
This is the time of the year those 2 hour scouting trips to the south park lakes can really pay off. Over the years I had a few times when I got lucky and had 30ft open water and few to no other fisherman. Those are the times you really have to be grateful for. For once the word gets out that's gone. Unless you fish at night then most of the time you have it to your self. But it's cold and lonely out there at night, but if your tuff enough you just might catch your best trout of your life.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 13, 5:12:42 AM     Points: 138
Yes indeed! Ahem. Cough cough. Achooo. Ahem............... Not saying anything............I never get colder than those early spring trips to catch the first open strips of water. 100 mph winds, gravel storms, cold and humid, cough sneezes. 5-10 lb fish...... Seems to happen every time. Ahemm.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: Apr. 13, 2:52:00 PM     Points: 1858
i2fly I just listened to a podcast about mouse flies. Do you have any patterns you like? I have picked up a few of the moorish mouse patterns. Thinking about buying a cutter to make tying them easier if I like them.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Apr. 13, 4:04:14 PM     Points: 2396
Troutbisquits, Coincidentally I was digging up i2fly's mouse fly thread just a few nights ago. I haven't tried it yet, but several videos on youtube on the Master Splinter Mouse. Plenty of places you can just order some if you like shortcuts like me.

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 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: Apr. 13, 5:36:38 PM     Points: 1858
Thanks Barnacles! That looks like an easy tie. I love the idea of mouse fishing. Its like the streamer equivalent for dry flies.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: Apr. 13, 6:35:40 PM     Points: 178
I have seen people fishing near bridges in the river with mouse flies do very well! Especially on a windy day. Also dudes in Canada do well fishing duckling flies for pike. Huge patterns that I can only dream of tying but the takes are epic.

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