Post By: Kev-o Posted: 11/30/2017 9:58:17 PMPoints: 34507
With the impending ice fishing season around the corner letís have a little bit of fun. What are your hopes for this season? I want to catch a 40Ē laker finally. Lets hear what some of you would like to accomplish this year.
Reply by: anglerwannabe Posted: Dec. 1, 6:41:35 AM Points: 34233
IFF bought me a 1 year subscription to "Whipped" magazine, I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it during ice season. ANYTHING is better than ice. BTW IFF pointed out to me he bought it for me because he has a lifetime subscription his wife bought him 30 years ago. He's even published a few articles in it!
Reply by: the-fishing-guy Posted: Dec. 1, 6:47:39 AM Points: 320
My goal is to catch me a WHALEEEEEE!!! LOL hoping to catch my biggest Brook this year and land as many baby whales as possible.. by whales I mean BIG'OL bows, browns, brooks.. anything big. Ice is almost here for me in the San Luis valley, about 2weeks tops
Reply by: thompo Posted: Dec. 1, 8:46:53 AM Points: 190
my actual goal is to have fun, catch some lakers and walleye and antero piggies and in the process of all that stay dry and safe.
my kinda out there goal is to get close to the state record perch. if you've ever seen a picture of it it was just a grotesque fat slob of a fish. we put two on the ice last year that were longer but i'm on the hunt for that super obese one.
I have iced Rifle Gap, Aurora, even Granite in Wyoming but have not found Jumbo Perch like what I saw on You Tube. I have the money, vacation to go to SD, ND... but my friends do not want to travel that far. Sad
Since catch all the fish has been taken, I'll drink all the wine. (Pretty sure my subscription to "Whipped" is current!) Seriously, I also just want to get on the ice. Last year I had the car loaded with all my ice fishing equipment. I was ready to go as soon as I got permission. Car trouble twice. Fence blew down. Never had the time or money to go fishing.
yep. here ya go. he actually popped into a thread in a facebook group we're both in where somebody said "i think i might have close to the record" and he dropped this bomb. hopefully he's okay with me sharing it here.
I've ice fished literally 3 times to date. I have a handful of rainbows from 1 trip and blanks from the others. Call it So cal scared of ice. But no longer scared just cautious I hope to be 4 new species. Whether the pond across the street or a laker I'm going to hunt. Bought an auger...got some stupid short rods...not afraid to support OPEC and drive...Im a huntin..thats my goal...that is all. Just to fish and learn
Reply by: Fish4Colorado Posted: Dec. 3, 7:31:31 AM Points: 1253
Should have gone with someone from the site that has had experience ice fishing, there are lakes that do well ice fishing and those that don't. You'd have a lot of fun fishin some of the known ice fishing lakes.
Reply by: anglerwannabe Posted: Dec. 3, 8:25:57 AM Points: 34233
f4c - that's a great idea. You should volunteer to take him ice fishing. Reading recent posts you know where the jumbo perch are, the large lakers and bows. A novice ice fisherman would benefit greatly from someone of your experience.
My first trip was to Douglas with my buddy and we were in a shelter and caught the slimers.
My 2nd and third trips I cannot recall which came first but one trip was to Williams Fork with Tucker Bamford (One of Bernies guys) and we were only hunting for Bigs. We got a couple of bites and we were on large fish in many of the holes but as many know big lake trout in clear water are not that easy. Again we had a couple chances.
The other of the 2 last year was to LoneTree. I fished with my buddy John and a couple of his buddies. They had been having decent success out there but all 4 of us got skunked this day. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ice which some believed hurt the fishing. What do I know.
I will have to hit up some of the guys on here this season. I have my striker ice suit...I have an auger....I have 5 silly short rods.
I will learn this year.
I also have a day schedule with Bernie on Granby that I booked almost a year ago. Really excited to fish with him. A number of chats with him at the ramp or at his house have me knowing he will be blast to fish with.
Reply by: bron Posted: Dec. 6, 6:14:45 PM Points: 15860
I think you have a second account on FXR under a different name that you use to brag about your icefishing trips AWB. I think you love it and you are posting as Lackskill and hanging out with GH every weekend. Just my conspiracy theory.
AWB - That is a great video. Pretty sure that is you, on frozen water, fishin with a short rod, in short sleeves, through a little hole, and catching a nice looking big fish with a big smile on your face!!!!!! I knew you had it in you buddy.
Reply by: fishingfool4ever Posted: Dec. 7, 8:09:20 AM Points: 175
Hope to actually get out and do some fishing this year. Looks to be a good season and looking to forward to some Lakers!!
Gonna do some more "net-working" and meet some more fellow anglers and not spend so much time in my hut! Learn so much from just talking and sharing knowledge with those who share the same passion for this sport!
Reply by: Catcherman Posted: Dec. 7, 8:43:41 AM Points: 2701
my number 1 was getting A walleye threw the ice but since it doesn't look like the lake is going to freeze up until January or at all I will probably be working on goal 2 which is a lunker lake trout from blue mesa. Until then this no snow November is making it really easy to go bobcat hunting.
You can definitely find jumbos here, though not in numbers like the Dakotas. What I was saying is that there is no need to find some one to tag a long with. Finding jumbos in the Dakotas is an easy task.
....You are correct. I have no issues learning from guides or friends for that matter. Once upon a time I was a deckhand in Southern California working local and long range boats for 4 seasons. I moved here and for some reason had an attitude that because I was a above average saltwater fisherman that somehow it translated to fishing here LOL....
...Well at some point humility began to set in and I had to have a look within and realize that the younger version of me that absorbed knowledge like a sponge and always kept an open mind was kicking my mental can around. I decided it was time to throw that cocky person aside and become a student of the craft again. So I learn from anyone and everyone. I don't get down when the fishing is bad... I just try harder and try to learn more. And likewise I help those that I can help if they are in need.
If there are invites out there into laker country I'm always game. I'm a jovial idiot that brings optimism and usually a will to fish longer than the guy next to me. I do live in Fort Collins so certainly up for local stuff too but I do have a nervousness about Ice still so I need Thick Ice put my nerves at ease...
I have an Auger and a Ice suit...I'm still in Kayak mode though and fishing the open water that is left. I have chatted with a few guys that were on shore the last couple months while I was at WF or Granby. It's hard to take notes on who was who and definately harder to figure out who's screennames are what. My name is Jason Jones on Facebook. If I have already met anybody here while I was on the water don't be afraid to friend me with a message reminding me where we saw each other. I have a Bluefin Tuna as my picture to help weed through the million Jason Jones's but Being friends with all the guides around here should show some "mutual friends"
I'm hitting the high country this weekend for one last prayer for a giant before the lakes harden up. Hope to trip across some of ya'll
Reply by: Fish4Colorado Posted: Dec. 11, 11:39:58 AM Points: 1253
Appreciate the lengthy response. I want to apologize if i came off as a know it all smart arse in any of my posts. I did not mean to. I am always learning, one of the latest ice fishing styles I've been into is using tip-ups, I hope to get better and finding how the depth for pike works using tip ups, and i hope to catch a lake trout on a tip up this year.
So far my ice fishing season has not had the start I'd imagined, but non of my lakes I normally go to are frozen either.