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Lake: Granby Lake

Tough traveling conditions

Post By: Kithme      Posted: 1/20/2024 8:49:28 PM     Points: 813    
Ice is around 6-8” thick
3-4” of water on top of ice
10-12” of snow on top.
Tough traveling on foot pulling a sled
Didn’t see any snowmobile get stuck in the slush.
Fished around 100’
Small pink and green jig worked on the drop at the bottom.
Landed 6 and lost 3.

Disappointed and Hit ski traffic 5:50am at C-470 & I-70, 2.5 hour commute. Does any know how early I need to pass thru the area to not hit the ski traffic.
 Reply by: Hulksmash      Posted: Jan. 20, 9:59:37 PM     Points: 2
I live in northern Colorado so when I go through that area I’m on the road around 4-430 am to miss the traffic. But coming home is a different story I always hit the rush from winter park back towards Denver. Is grandby completely frozen? That’s a good looking laker you landed.
 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Jan. 20, 10:18:59 PM     Points: 813
From the route I took, it appears to be completely capped.

I hope the conditions gets better for the tournament next weekend.
Potentially lots of wet feet otherwise.
 Reply by: Dgil1972      Posted: Jan. 21, 7:34:23 AM     Points: 1688
Thanks for the update. We typically leave around 5:15/5:30am from the Southwest Plaza area and we usually miss much of the traffic. Although we almost always go during the week. Last year's tournament was a slushy mess, hopefully that's not the case. Nice laker!!
 Reply by: CoNative1986      Posted: Jan. 21, 6:32:40 PM     Points: 100
On weekends my goal is to be though there before 5:30. Anything after the traffic begins to back up. Also I would much rather deal with Winter Park traffic compared to anything on the other side of Eisenhower.
 Reply by: Dsieg      Posted: Jan. 21, 10:52:05 PM     Points: 360
I was out today and slush conditions aren't getting better. 4"-6" of slush with the about the same amount of snow on top for most of the lake. Conditions get worse the further back in A-bay. Anything beyond the old boat ramp is just about impassable with 10" + slush and a foot or more of snow. It's almost as bad as last year at this time. The snow and warmer temps the last couple days have not done the lake any favors. If you're walking, try to stick to paths that have been packed in. If your on a snow machine be VERY careful for slush pockets!
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: Mar. 29, 11:32:04 AM     Points: 3658
6in of ice BS . 20in of ice off still water point . What sucked was post holing into 4in of water on the way off the ice . 7 fish iced 4 kept not bad for 5 hours of fishing .
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:15:18 AM     Points: 336

I'm not familiar with the term post holing.
Please explain.

 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:25:39 AM     Points: 745
Sinking in with every step - like the OPs middle picture shows. Makes walking very tough, especially when pulling a sled
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: Apr. 2, 7:20:26 AM     Points: 336
Thanks Yard Dogs!
 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Apr. 12, 5:41:50 PM     Points: 813
8-10" top layer of not-so-good ice
1-2" of semi-slush
10-12" of hard clear ice below.

The conditions were pretty good for hiking today at Dike3. The trail from the car to the ice was a little muddy otherwise it was good. Left the ice around 2, had a thin layer of slush on top. I can feel the ice had soften up when leaving,
Surprisingly, I did not posthole at all today. I probably would have posthole if I left an hour later.

Edge of the lake is still holding up, certain spots are holding a top layer of water.

Had a good season ender, landed around 20 and lost 8 at the ice. Bite was lite, pink and chartreuse was the key for me.

The ice should hold up this weekend for hikers.

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