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Lake: Estes Lake

Ice fishing (yes again!)

Post By: rmontgomery84      Posted: 8/23/2022 7:59:02 AM     Points: 421    
Sorry I know there are multiple posts but I couldn't figure out how to reply to them!

Seems like the general consensus is that ice fishing is NOT permitted on Lake Estes however on the visit Estes Park website it appears that ice fishing is allowed, the restriction is that only hand augers are permitted.

Verbiage below, let me know if I should give it a go this winter!

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"the fish bite year-round, with the main fishing season running Memorial Day through Labor Day, sometimes into mid-October. Sections of the Big Thompson run free in the winter and the east end of Lake Estes near the power plant remains ice-free during winter. Ice fishing is allowed on all open-fishing lakes and ponds in Rocky Mountain National Park hand-augers are required. Plus, fly hatches occur into January and February."
 Reply by: Milehighfishing      Posted: 8/23/2022 8:15:21 AM     Points: 144
"Ice fishing is allowed on all open-fishing lakes and ponds in Rocky Mountain National Park" -- I don't fish Lake Estes much but I don't believe lake Estes is inside the national park ?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 8/23/2022 9:27:05 AM     Points: 37979
Lake Estes is definitely not in the national park.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 8/23/2022 9:40:08 AM     Points: 44
So is an electric drill auger conversion allowed? My guess would be yes because they are worried about fuel spilling into the lake and the noise. But they might not want the drills either. Interesting reg.
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 8/23/2022 10:25:49 AM     Points: 3330
Ice fishing is NOT allowed on Lake Estes or Mary's Lake.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 8/23/2022 10:41:21 AM     Points: 11464
"not allowed in RMP"
Lake Estes is NOT in RMP.
You need to read more carefully.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 8/23/2022 11:09:58 AM     Points: 2824
As per RMNP regulations, “mechanical equipment” is not allowed in any wilderness area, so a drill-powered auger would not be allowed. Hand augers only.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 8/23/2022 2:49:18 PM     Points: 44
Well that answers my question thank you.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 8/24/2022 8:24:26 AM     Points: 5925
Apart from that, Lake Estes and mary's lake don't every fully freeze over. Which I'm sure if part of why they don't allow it.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 8/28/2022 4:05:21 PM     Points: 1011
I ce fishing is great at Yellow Knife NWT
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