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Old 11-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to ice fishing. Can anyone tell me if there is a lake the
rents ice shacks, ice augers and is 2 - 2 1/2 hrs from Denver?
Prefer trout, laker fishing.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know of any places that rent the equipment you are asking about but suggest that you keep a watch on the site for guys who are making a trip and would be happy to let you share the ride. Should be offers as soon as we start to see safe ice. As far as where to go, I suggest you purchase a copy of a set of maps called, "Colorado and Wyoming Lake Maps". They have a web site, www.fishmap.com. Good luck and look forward to hearing how you do.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Larry at 11mile marina at Elevenmile Res rents everything. I think Gander Aurora may rent some gear too.

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Buy a good hand auger (strikemaster lazer for example) for 79.99 or a cheap hand auger for $39.99. Don't buy a used one unless you replace the blades or have them sharpened.
Even if you have to drill through 12-20 inches of solid ice, it isn't that bad to pop a couple holes with a hand auger.

Shelter--don't need one--wear many layers, hat, gloves, etc. and just fish outside. Also, check the weather, don't go when it's going to be a blizzard. Then get some kind of a chair or bucket to sit on, and sit back to the wind Wool socks and good boots are the key really.

If you really need a shelter, just buy a used one. You can find one used for less than $100. My first season, I spent $100 on a hand auger and shelter. Still have both--they sit in the garage next to my $450 auger and $250 shelter

If you must insist on renting, I will rent my old shelter and hand auger to you for $300 for the season




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Old 11-10-2009, 06:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I dont know of any that rent items other than previously stated 11-mile. Be careful fishing the hardwater is addicting.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Fished for a decade with a 5 gallon bucket and a hand auger...in fact, sometimes i think i enjoyed ice-fihing more then...dress warm in layers and you will catch more fish than you can know!
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you are going to hand crank...get a six inch auger...you will hate an eight and not move as often as you need to as a result...most fish you catch will fit...Bill Willcox has hard sided shelters he rents at Lake John Lodge at Lake John although it is closer to 3 hours away...he will drill the holes for you when he positions the shelter...we rent it every year for the lake john tourney if we want to fish at night or the weather is totally horrible...
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks to all. Great advise. I'll report back after my first trip.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm like you Trout, this is going to be my first year as well and I'm dying to get out there. I've been in Kuwait for two years so I'm more than ready to brush the dust off and get back at it.
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