ice fishing.... nothing like walking out on a lake at 5:00 in the morning with below freezing or even sub-zero temps. working your butt of to get the shelter up and a heater going. the sky starts to get a little light and the Macks "turn on"..... i think i am going to be sick for work tomorrow... ;D
All you ice fishermen, good for ya, knock yourselves out and enjoy every minute of it that you can. I hope you catch tons of big ones and more power to you.
But just for myself, open water's gotta be the choice. I can do so many more things with it. Fortunately, there's almost always open water somewhere in this wonderful state, so everybody can have what they want.
open water. I have more options for more species. I do prefer to fish lakes on ice though, especially for pike. Even though numbers for pike are MUCH less through the ice, size is usually better. It is so much harder to spook the big ones. I prefer open water though because my favorite waters to fish are rivers, the yampa, the gunnison, the white, and the colorado specifically.