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Old 01-24-2017, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Myself and two other guys are planning on ice fishing for the first time this Saturday. None of us have experience with ice fishing, although we are all avid fisherman (fly, boats, spincasting, etc). We each were given a task, mine is tactics. So, here I go...

1) How do we decide where to drill our holes?
2) Bait/lures?
3) Do you play with depths or does it depend on species?

I believe we are headed to Gross, though not sure yet. Also, any etiquette I should know about? For instance, is it bad form to set up 10 feet from another guys hole? Any input is appreciated.

Also, the other two guys were tasked with location, and gear. We will have all of the gear, including a hut, auger, rods, etc. I need to know things like the questions above.
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Gross for 1st trip? Good luck there-
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It sounds like Gross might not happen. Thoughts on Tarryall? Can you ice fish Jefferson?
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Gross is a tough cookie but has some macs, browns and kokes.

For macs try to find a point and vary depths from 10 to 50 ft at 10 ft increments, white tube jigs or silver Kastmasters and some sucker meat would be a good place to start for macs. CHECK the ice before going out there!

Tarryall, try something like a Berkey Atomic teaser in pink or orange, 10ft to 20ft of water.

Your best bet at catching something would be Tarryall IMO.

Jefferson... only if you have snowmobiles, gate to the lake will be closed, plus the road to the gate will most likely be drifted.
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I'd suggest Evergreen lake. It's relatively close to the Metro, safe ice if you can avoid the skaters, and they have some nice smallies in there.

Otherwise, Pistol's recommendations are sound.
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St. Vrain you are guaranteed to catch fish. Evergreen is similar to Vrain but I'd say Vrain will be less crowded.

Ditch the hut and move around till you find fish.

For stocker trout use any small jig, I prefer green or pink, and tip with any of the following: wax worms, piece of nightcrawler, shrimp, or a meal worm.

It's also fun to have a kastmaster or swedish pimple tipped with any of the above or a minnow head. I've never used sucker meat but I'm sure it would work.

Get on the ice by at least 8am. I usually try to get on the ice by 6:30am if I don't have kids. Last week the bite slowed around 10am and was DEAD at 11am.
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Is St Vrain out by Longmont? I see a whole bunch of ponds, which one do you fish?
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Dallas is the king of Vrain, Listen to him!
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fishing will vary, electronics very very helpful, others info. look at maps, lay of the land. varied depths at different times of day. Reports, experience.
Gross some small bows close to boulders, big tiger muskies, big lakers early. Sucker meat, eggs, tube jigs and various points.
Gross ice vary dangerous, water fluctuates. Always look for other out first until you check thickness. Deep deep lake. can be good and difficult. by damn and also ospere point.
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Is St Vrain out by Longmont? I see a whole bunch of ponds, which one do you fish?
Sandpiper and Mallard are good ones for consistent action on stocker bows.

I haven't fished Sandpiper, it tends to get more crowded, but even just driving up I see numerous people catching fish.

Just look for where somebody has drilled holes previously and you really can't go wrong.

Get a spring bobber for the rods. The bite tends to be light and the spring bobber really helps.

Deadsticking a rod works great. If you have electronics and mark some fish but they aren't taking it, set the rod down on the ice and hover your hand right above it. Watch that spring bobber and when they tap it snatch that rod up and set the hook!

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Dallas is the king of Vrain, Listen to him!
Thanks Johnny! With four kids and Vrain being 7 minutes down the road it is a great place. Stockers for the kids and some little bass for dad to chase.
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