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Wiper through the ice at Aurora?

Post By: Big_D      Posted: 1/25/2023 12:56:35 PM     Points: 431    
Has anyone been able to pull a wiper through the ice at Aurora Reservoir lately? Gonna try it again this weekend but I can't seem to find where they are at.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 25, 7:05:24 PM     Points: 10957
The Wipers at Aurora are ghosts. . .I've never caught one through the ice and the few I have caught in open water are few and far between.My best catchs came right behind Trout stockings at the boat ramp.
 Reply by: Big_D      Posted: Jan. 25, 7:20:01 PM     Points: 431
Thanks HP! How's your ticker? I'm at 3 months post ablation and I'm able to eat sugar now! Dropped 30 lbs because of the surgery.

I was gonna try the dam cause that's where I found them during summer but I may just try the ramp now.
 Reply by: snowscum      Posted: Jan. 26, 8:33:41 AM     Points: 97
How is the ice holding up? Thickness?
 Reply by: Big_D      Posted: Jan. 26, 8:53:56 AM     Points: 431
Ice was around 8 inches as of last Saturday with 5 inches of snow on top. Makes it easy to walk on.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 26, 12:10:07 PM     Points: 10957
Tickers runs great . . .got a stress test next month . .boat ramp was only good the day after the stocking truck was there.
 Reply by: motoxxx43      Posted: Jan. 26, 3:01:50 PM     Points: 3110
I have not fished Aurora but can tell you that this time of year at Pueblo I've found large schools of fish suspended around 50-60fow over 90'. No idea what fish they were but Wiper is the first species that comes to mind. Probably relaxing in some thermocline/O2 rich water.
 Reply by: BobLoblaw      Posted: Jan. 28, 5:51:59 PM     Points: 78
I am old and have fished Aurora for almost 30 years with chasing the big wipers (for 15 years the average fish that was in there was 10 to 15 lbs) so I became a wiper bigot but they were all in open water not that I didnt try though the ice. Never had a bite through the ice. I would say that during ice season out on the ice you have a better shot at getting Salma Hayek's phone number than catching a wiper through the ice at Aurora. There are not the numbers there used to be, they stock them every 3 years or so now in favor of perch and trout. Still trying to get a 20 out there my pb is 18-3 weighed. I have some fish that were an inch and a half longer than that fish that I never weighed. Was new to them and didnt realize what I had. I will say I did have the opportunity to fish with Steve Lytle renouned guide that fished Red Willow and Swanson in Nebraska and is knowledgeble as any one on wipers. I asked him if he had caught them through the ice and he said he had. I asked him where he fished. He said deep water at the base of the dam. Which can be problematic at Atown, that ice can be iffy ie not safe so if you go bcareful take a friend. Like someone said GHOSTS. Hope you come up with one or Salma's phone number!!
 Reply by: da_teacher      Posted: Jan. 28, 6:37:41 PM     Points: 59
We've hit them at Swanson and Glen Elder. Jackson is your best bet in state I think.
 Reply by: BobLoblaw      Posted: Jan. 29, 5:52:43 AM     Points: 78
Yeah I agree, I meant to mention Jackson. Much easier pursuit in Nebraska and Kansas if there is ice. Teacher (long time no talk Z here), hitting Norton in Kansas superbowl weekend hope to finally get off the snide with them through the ice. Is the fight more subdued with the cold water in the winter time? Only ice fished Kansas and Nebraska once each ever. Fished norton 3 times last summer lots of wipers there hope to find the crappies too.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 29, 8:44:18 AM     Points: 10957
Bobloblaw speaks from experiance and I fully agree with him on all points at Aurora.I've spent a ton of time at Aurora . . .both open water and frozen . . .I don't see or hear about Wipers much if at all.
 Reply by: da_teacher      Posted: Jan. 29, 9:16:31 PM     Points: 59

The wiper fight is pretty dope on the ice. They don't smack the lure as hard but once they're hooked, the fight is on.

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