Christmas through the middle of April
Generally around Christmas the lake freezes over enough to carefully go out and fish. Safety is first and foremost. We can target rainbows, browns, kokanee and lake trout. The time of day we fish depends on the species we are fishing for. When ice fishing it is important that we are comfortable. We do supply heaters, tents, snowmobiles and all the other gear to keep you comfortable. We can target trophy fish (over 30” or try to catch a limit. Catch big fish ice fishing “may drill over 100 holes) or just pick the “sweet spots” and work a little less, our trophy methods depend on what the fish are doing and how hard the group is willing to work.
Crankbaits, Swimbaits, Single Hooks and Really Big Fish
The sun had just began to send its rays through the peaks on the continental divide and a small chop from the morning breeze kept slapping the boat. I had the Crestliner a long cast from shore. Steve had a Sebile Magic Swimmer and cast it towards the bank. About 5 or 6 cranks of the handle it stopped for a brief second Steve wondered if it was a snag then felt the head throb of a large fish. After a brief battle the 34” lake trout surrendered to my net.
Have you ever used flourocarbon and had it spring off the reel and cause a big mess? The first way to avoid the problem is to make sure not to over fill the spool. When I do over fill, here is how I control it.
The first season after walking 2 miles up a steep incline and arriving at first light, I see a group of elk just starting to walk back in the trees. While scurrying over to a large rock to lay my rifle on I notice the elk had stopped and were looking at me.
As a fishing guide I get to fish more then anyone I know. On hot bites I get to net a lot of fish, slap high fives and listen to people giggle with excitement when they get a big fish on.
I generally get my Crestliner ready in April for ice off in May. This year mother nature decided to give me an early spring. When my boat was ready for delivery my wife and I decided pick it up in Minnesota. After a short 2.5 day drive and 2 days of rigging my boat with a Motorguide XI-5 and Lowrance sonars we were ready for ice off.
Fall offers ample options afield. Across the spectrum of hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits, autumn is truly a time of plenty. And one of the more overlooked opportunities involves the early fall trout bite.
The action often gets lost in the shuffle of activities, and is largely misunderstood by the masses. But the fact remains, September produces fine fishing afoot and afloat for anglers who understand a bit about fall trout behavior.
Keeping a logbook of waters you fish, conditions, and details of the catch are to me, a key tool in the development of an angler. Logbooks help us to remember significant and minute events that may have affected the bite of the fish that day. Why were they there? Why aren't they here? What are they feeding on? Those are all questions which a fishing logbook can answer for you.
My buddy Scott and I were out ice fishing at Granby recently. I had moved a ways away to drill our next series of holes when I heard a shout from Scott. Setting the auger down hurriedly, I sprinted over to Scott. He was totally fixed upon the screen of the Vexilar FL-20. He had a fish there and Scott was doing his best to entice it to bite while the fish was eyeing the jig to see if it was real or not. Scott would offer up the jig, jiggling it, lifting, slowly falling, trying everything he knew to get the bite.
Up thirty feet and down eighty feet in the same year? If your reservoir regularly changes depth to manage water supplies or due to drought the daily, monthly, or yearly change in depth affects your fishing success. Or simply plays with your mind and tests your ability to find the fish every day.
It will be fun this year seeing Dike 3 recede back into the depths. It rises like a beached submarine every four to six years only to dive back a couple of years later. I started guiding about 20 years ago and I have seen it all. High water, low water, and everything in-between.
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