Does any one know the condition of dowdy? I would love to go up there this weekend. It is the one lake I've had good ice fishing success with and would like to have some success on my first trip of the year.
Find a phone listing for one of the businesses on Dowdy Lake road by West Lake (the little convenience store, or the Sportsman's Cafe. Last year, I used to call the Cafe in the morning to find out what the ice and winds were like up there before leaving home. You can also gauge the winds by visiting this site http://users.nunntelwb.com/niedenzu/weather.htm, which has weather from a private weather recording station in Red Feather Highlands.
I am heading up there Saturday. I will taking my oldest son and a friend from denver who is a newbie. I have heard ice Dowdy should be iced over. If not i may make the drive to John. I like Dowdy for first trip and fishing easy and for trip it makes for a fun time.
Small tube jigs at Dowdy are awesome. Motor Oil and Bubble Gum colors are our favorites. Also small Kastmasters/Swedish Pimples are good. Our best spot is off the "point" just past the dam in about 8-12' of water. Good luck! John
Green or brown Bekeley Micro Nymphs on 1/8 to 1/16 oz. jig heads work great at Dowdy, too - no additional bait necessary with these things, but a small tipper for extra scent/flavor doesn't hurt. Jig them near the bottom, or within 5 feet under the ice, and you can usually clean up on stockers and a few browns, there.
I think I'm going to dowdy on sat. My girlfriend wants to cut down a xmas tree this year and the cutting site is right by red feather. So hopefully I can fish early and get a tree later in the day before I have to go to work. It will be her first time ice fishing so that will be intersting. I'll try some of the micro nymphs and the tube jigs and see if I can get some action. I bought a tip up I can't wait to use, I know they are not usually used for stocker trout but I'm itching to try it. Any one else heading up there?
Ill be there on Sat. also, im passing up a duck hunting trip with my ol' man and friends to hit up my first ice so i'll be by myself this time. I heard from A friend of mine that the wind is really bad up the right now so if anyone is bringing A shelter/hut bring your stakes also.