No ice fishing is allowed at Carter Lake, and if that is enforced as tightly as the entrance and boat launch fees, the park nazi's will be on you within 5 minutes if you try.
Larimer County runs it. If you get the annual Larimer County parks & open lands permit to stick on your windshield it will get you into both Carter and Horsetooth, and some county parks as well.john the fisherman said:who runs that property? i thought it was eather larimer county parks or city o' loveland.
And empty your wallet in the process. Then, if you use a motorized boat of any kind, you have to go in debt to fish the county-run waters. Not sure why their costs are higher than the state parks, but they are serious as cancer about enforcing their rules and regs in Larimer County. If you live on a budget, you are really deprived of the benefit of county-owned public lands in Larimer County. That's the real shame.Walking Eagle said:Larimer County runs it. If you get the annual Larimer County parks & open lands permit to stick on your windshield it will get you into both Carter and Horsetooth, and some county parks as well.
Good info... Might give this a shot, when I get a real job and can afford to visit Larimer Co. Parks.fishmanlee said:Carter has a no ice-fishing policy because of un-safe conditions. This lakes generally never fully freezes over because of fluctuating water levels and an abundence of wind. However, I suggest and reccomend this lake in the winter. Head for dam 1 area where you can get to deep water. There may be ice which is ok, usually the shoreline is always open. Throw 1/4 white jig heads with with a 2 1/2'' white twister tail with garlic scent. You will need to experiment with the depth until the fish are located. Fish as if you are fishing for pre-spawn walleye, slow, slow, slow. With this method I've been able to consistently land real hogs up to 25'' long.
Cutthroat said:I buy a national parks pass and a state parks pass (for two cars, total $70) every year. To also then have to buy a more expensive pass for the Larimer county parks ($65 for one car, and $105 for two, so my wife and I can go) is difficult (and in fact, I don't do it). I simply opt not to use the larimer county parks much. Plus, I want to use my boat when I go to the Larimer County Parks lakes. That will run me another $65 for an annual pass, if I go a lot, or and additional $6 for a single day of boating. If I just want to paddle a canoe or Kayak, there's a nice fee for that, too ($30 annual, or I assume the daily boat fee applies). All of these fees are higher than the state parks fees. If the goal is to reduce use of the resource, the fees are effective, but mostly for people who have less money and can't squeeze park visits into their budgets. Seems like a discriminitory way to manage the resources, and wish they would come up with something more equitable.
And those are the prices if you are a Larimer County resident. If you are a non-resident, it's much more. I think like $165.00 for a season pass. We spent 14 bucks for a one day pass @ hosetooth last year. 7 for truck,7 for boat. Kindof alot of money for 1 day of fishing, just to use the lake!Cutthroat said:To also then have to buy a more expensive pass for the Larimer county parks ($65 for one car, and $105 for two, so my wife and I can go) is difficult (and in fact, I don't do it). I simply opt not to use the larimer county parks much.