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Does any one know if pueblo or stanley res are iced up. im a freshman at the academy so i dont get to get out much but i want to go fishin this weekend and dont want to drive to ice. any tips would be great on where to fish around here. im from florida so dont know much about the spots yet. i got fly rod and got a spinnin rod.
 

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Pueblo is NOT iced. Neither is the Arkansas river that flows through Pueblo. Both are decent bets for fishing. Another month and Pueblo is gonna be HOPPIN ;)
 

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Welcome to this crazy place. If I may ask.............why Pueblo or Stanley? Do you mean Standley? Have you heard of these place prior to arriving in Colorado? Just curious.....
 

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The air force academy?

If I am not mistaken....Standley is quite a ways from Colorado Springs. You are better off with Pueblo, 11mile, Spinney, or Antero if you are located in Colorado springs.
 

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You bet. Pueblo is starting to heat up....but it will be a little while....not long though.

11mile, Antero, and Spinney are all losing ice fast with all this hot weather. I would imagine it won't be long for them either. Lots of good fishing a little west of CO springs.
 

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there is a small res named standley( i beleive if not its stanley) behind the academy and it is full of small trout and cutbows..........thats is prolly your best bet it is a very fun lil body a water and it is also a nice hike
 

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Welcome to Colorado Springs. Rampart is an excellent place to fish close to the Academy. It's just west of Stanley, easier to get to, and the ambiance is superior to Pueblo any day of the week. I'm actually going there today to see what conditions are like and will report back on this forum.

Head up US24 to Woodland Park (about 30 minutes or so from USAFA), and turn onto Rampart Range Road at the light right at the McDonalds. Proceed north on this street all the way through town, passing the schools, past Kelly's Road, past everything. The road turns east and then forks - take the south fork, and about a mile or so later you'll wind up at an intersection with signs pointing you to Rampart Reservoir and Colorado Springs, among other places. Turn right at this intersection onto the dirt road (which is actually still Rampart Range Road) and head south back toward CoS. A few miles down on the left you'll see a small parking area with a large sign labeled "Attention Anglers" at the top. This is the trailhead for the Rampart inlet area. The trail is easy, only about a mile long , and the inlet is usually an excellent place to fish early in the year. Access to the reservoir is free from this trailhead.

The input flow is normally quite strong, so this end of the lake tends to stay ice-free much of the year. I have snowshoed to this point in mid January in the past, and there was still fishable open water. I have also seen people pulling sleds with fishing gear in in Jan and Feb to fish from the north bank. Try a fly on a bubble or a Panther Martin (gold spinner with a black body is a good start).

Once the access road to Rampart opens in May, you can drive further down Rampart Range Road and pay $5 to enter the reservoir camping and parking areas, cross over the dam, and access Nichols Reservoir (heavily stocked with trout in summer) below the Rampart damn. If you're feeling adventurous, I believe you can also reach Stanley on foot from Nichols, but it will be a strenuous hike back up to your car. Better to hike to Stanley from the Academy.

You can also reach Stanley from the intersection with all the direction signs. You need to follow the signs for the Entemann Trail, I believe. I have always hiked up to Stanley from the Academy, so someone else on this forum will have to guide you in from Rampart Range Road. There's a great map of local hiking trails that can be useful to fisherman, too. It's called the Pike's Peak Atlas and is available at REI on Woodmen at Academy Blvd.

Once the season opens on Pike's Peak, the North Slope Recreation Area reservoirs (Crystal, South Catamount, and North Catamount) are also great places to fish. North Cat in particular can be outstanding early in the season. These are accessible by paying $4 to use the Pike's Peak Highway - just be sure to tell them you're fishing and not going to the top, because the toll for going all the way up is at least $20 as I recall.

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ICINGPIKE said:
there is a small res named standley( i beleive if not its stanley) behind the academy and it is full of small trout and cutbows..........thats is prolly your best bet it is a very fun lil body a water and it is also a nice hike
That confused me, I didn't realize there was a place called standley in Co. springs. The only one I know of is Standley Lake in Arvada just south of 100th and simms.
 

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Kramhunter,
due a search under USAFA Stanley, you will find some prevoius posts. I was thinkin the same thing about the ice. I may hike it next Sat w/ a buddy not sure yet? If you go before then please pm and let me know if there is still a lid on it
 

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Rampart was about 50% open water on Friday afternoon. Wind was howling and I only fished for about an hour and a half. No luck with fly/bubble, Kastmaster, or Panther-Martin, but I did get a follow and a nibble on the PM. I think a worm or powerbait might do it, or a much smaller, black fly based on what I saw while there. More patience would help, too, but it was getting cold.

I gave some confusing information last week. You turn on Baldwin St. at the McDonalds in Woodland Park, and a few blocks up it changes names to Rampart Range Road. Also, the trail to follow to get near Stanley is the Schubarth Trail (not Entemann).

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ok thanks. i went to rampart on sat. got there fine with your directions thanks. i was helping my buddy from madagascar get better at casting so we didnt catch any but it was great to get out. it was a bad snow storm too but i plan on going back in a month or so
 
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