Can anhyone give me an ice report at the Leadville lakes? (Twin Lakes, Turquoise, Forbay especially, Clear Creek Res.... anything?) I wanna head up there this weekedn, but not if it's icy.
[b]Twin Lakes [/b] - Ice still covers about half the lower lake but is thawing fast and should be off by May 1 if warmer weather holds. Immediately after ice-off is the best time to catch big mackinaw as they cruise the shoreline looking for small rainbow trout that were stocked or hatched out last summer. Blade Dancers, Rapalas and Mepps Aglia lures work best for lake trout. Smaller Mepps, Panther Martin and Roostertail spinners will catch rainbows and snake river cutthroats.
[b]Turqoise Lake [/b] - Lake is still frozen and inaccessible at this time. Thaw will only begin in the last part of May. When the ice comes off fishing for lake trout should be good using Rapalas, Blade Dancers and other lures that resemble the sub-catchable (5-inch) rainbow trout that are stocked here.
[b]Twin Lakes Forebay[/b] - Ice is off and fishing is good. Rainbows and cutbows of up to 20 inches are providing great surface action on large Blue Wing Olive dries, Salmon Caddis and Blue Duns. Some really nice lake trout of up to 20 pound can also be caught using Hi Rocky Specials tipped with a little sucker meat
[b]Clear Creek[/b] (above Hwy. 119) - Water level is rising and runoff will make the creek unfishable soon. Before it becomes too discolored, try Beadhead Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Adams and Blue Winged Olives. Small silver spinners will also take fish