Now this activity that I am going to be talking about this week is ice fishing. This activity I really have no idea what would make someone want to do this. Sitting on a “frozen” lake, hoping that you do not fall through the ice? Or sitting there freezing your buns off hoping that you actually catch some fish. They do tell you that you need to be aware of the conditions of any lake, especially those that are under 8,000 feet. They say that the best time to go ice fishing is in December in to late February where you can be sure that the lake is frozen. There are four great lakes in Colorado to go ice fishing on, there is: Chambers Lake, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Harvey Gap Reservoir and Trinidad Lake.
Chambers Lake is located near Gould and Rustic Colorado. Made up of fish species like kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and lake trout are located here. Known for their lake trout, some of them can measure up to 16 – 18 inches. The Eleven Mile Reservoir is located near Hartsel and Fairplay Colorado. With fish species of kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Known for their rainbow trout which can measure from 14 – 20 inches. Harvey Gap Reservoir is located near Rifle and Glenwood Springs Colorado. With fish species of yellow perch, rainbow trout, and brown trout. The Trinidad Lake as you guessed it is located near Trinidad, Colorado. With fish species like rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill, and wiper. The lake is stocked with nearly 50,000 trout each year.
Have fun out there, but you for sure will not be finding me!
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