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Hit rampart on Sunday @7:30 am.  It was pretty windy till about noon
I was one of 2 boats on the lake till around 10 and then it got pretty busy by the dam.
Only caught 1 bow from 7:30 - 12:00. Then the action started. hooked 4 more bows and 5 lakers in the next 2 hours.
I was running a down rigger with worms and some of the foulest smelling bait I have ever used (sucker meat).  The worms produced all fish, nothing hit the sucker meat. Bows were all in the 13 inch range +/- and were at all depths. Hooked one on the surface before I could get the rigger down and caught another at 90 feet.  Lakers all came at 90 - 100 feet. The smallest ,pictured below, was around 14 inches. The biggest, came off right at the boat, went 24 inches if she went an inch. The biggest I have hooked at Rampart. The longest one I landed went 20 inches or so. All lakers were pretty skinny.

Only got pics of the one fish -- see below. Hard to take pics by yourself when you are not keeping them

 

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Re: Rampart 9/6 (poor pics)

those are excelent pics nice to see pics of them while still in the water rather than flopping around in the bottom of the boat
 

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Great report, I still dont know why I didnt hit rampart this year its so close. I will be ther at ice off next year thats for sure.
 

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any ice fishing at rampart?
 

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roadkill said:
any ice fishing at rampart?
No you cant ice fish rampart res.
 

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thanks
do they close it down on a specific date or just when it ices over?
 

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roadkill said:
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do they close it down on a specific date or just when it ices over?
The gate usually closes in November after the first major snowfall.


You can still hike in, so if the lake isnt frozen it might be good. When the ice comes off the fishing is good and alot of people make the hike.
 

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thanks
 

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roadkill-The area around the inlet never freezes-good fishiong all winter. You have to hike in from the 1st. parking lot on your left. Its about 1 1/2 miles to the lake on a really easy wide trail. Fish hang around that inlet area all winter-lakers, bow's, and browns. If you ever want to go there this winter give me a PM.
 

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roadkill-The area around the inlet never freezes-good fishiong all winter. You have to hike in from the 1st. parking lot on your left. Its about 1 1/2 miles to the lake on a really easy wide trail. Fish hang around that inlet area all winter-lakers, bow's, and browns. If you ever want to go there this winter give me a PM.
Kirby what do you usually use to catch them in the winter, how far does the stretch of water go, and how busy is it.. There were lots of cars there when I went up that way this last winter 4wding.
 

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Alot of the cars are people hiking-I've never found the inlet crowded. I fish sus. jerks all winter. The open water is usually 100-200 yds. Me, you and roadkill should go up there some winter day.
 

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Sounds like a plan to me.. I hopefully going to be pretty busy this winter but I'll give you guys a shout (PM or Post) before I plan on going up that way.
 

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sounds like a plan
 
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