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Hiked about 7 miles and fished three high country lakes on Sunday between 11,300 and 12,100 in a wilderness area within 2 hrs of the metro area. Landed 6 brookies between 9 and 12 inched in 5 minutes on the first lake, then decided to continue hiking to check out the other lakes in the basin i was in. The first lake is 15ft deep and the ice was 1-2.5 inches thick, not really safe enough to venture onto. I caught all 6 brookies in less than 2 feet of water right near the shore (within 10 feet of the bank) through the ice.

Second lake is about 35 ft deep and the ice broke when I attempted to walk on it. Checked ice in three places and never found a safe ice over an inch or two.

The third lake is over 60 ft deep and was about 90% open water with only one cove frozen. The frozen cove actually had the thickest ice at about 3-4 inches and i walked on it but didn't fish because the winds and snow really started picking up as a storm was blowing in.

So there you go, Ice fishing season has offically started!

I am giving it another two weeks for the ice to thicken up before i try another high country early ice trip. I would highly recommend, crampons, gaiters and trekking poles for the hike to and from any high country lake as the trail was snow and ice packed from about 10k up and i hit snow that was knee deep in places in the trees.
 

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Also that brookie is still attached to my hook and line in the first picture. I was fishing solo and wanted to get a picture of the fish and ice in one picture without putting the fish on the ice since I let that one go.
 

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Wow -- hardcore. If the hike don't kill ya, the ice just might!
Congrats on being the first to post -- looks like you had fun up there.
 

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Guess you win first ice report!!

Be careful going solo on early ice!! It's not worth your life to be first to catch a small trout through the ice!!(Or any fish for that matter) LOL
 

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Nice! Good job getting up there. I know it's been warm but I'm still kind of surprised there's not more ice up high. The past few years there's been a good 4-5" by the third weekend in October.
 

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Nice! Good job getting up there. I know it's been warm but I'm still kind of surprised there's not more ice up high. The past few years there's been a good 4-5" by the third weekend in October.
No joke, we icefished last year on November 3rd and we were on 7-9 inches of ice at a lake that is 70ft deep at 11,500ft. I was pretty suprised the shallower 15ft deep lake wasn't thicker this year.
 

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Nice report. That said, I'm already ready for spring.
Bionic Man, We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster and with the above quote much obviously much smarter!
 

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I've always done well on the grand mesa for brookies in the shallows. punch another hole several feet away from where you are fishing and push the auger into the dirt and stir it up... the big ones will come in and check it out...
 
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