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..
Lodharius, 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.
Has anyone driven by lately Antero lately? Im wondering what the wind has done.? Still 2hrs of windshield time one way is prohibitive. Tell me 30-50 of open water Im there. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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 Ive had a long drought called winter. Where my favorite water is inaccessible with a fly rod. Its 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.
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.
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.
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.