11 Mile Ice fishing report: Work hard for big fish!

This 11 Mile Reservoir ice fishing report is brought to you by several of our guides at Ice Fish Colorado!

Eleven Mile Reservoir in Park County has always been known as a lake that can leave you skunked or with the biggest fish of your life! Currently, it is holding up to this reputation as the bite has been tough, but with some hard work and persistence, big fish are hitting the ice! Our guides have been seeing 12″+ of ice with most areas having minimal to no snow on them. Ice cleats are a must! The rainbow trout, cutbow trout, and snake river cutthroats have been feeding in 3-6′ of water early and late and then dropping out into 7-12′ of water. Having some kind of structure near by, whether it’s weeds or rocks is key! These fish have been taking smaller baits, such as rat finkees, lazer jigs, and tube jigs tipped with a meal worm, wax worm, or piece of shrimp. Color seems to vary each day depending on where the sun sits, but pinks, reds, oranges, and whites have all been working. Fish are averaging 17-19″ with some bigger ones showing up! The big trout in the tournament yesterday was a 7 lbs cutbow!

We have also been seeing some trophy northern pike hit the ice, but every day has been different. Tips ups with a sucker or water dog under them have been the most productive, but big spoons and tube jigs have been attracting fish as well. The pike will be relating to the same structure as the trout in search of an easy meal. Yesterday’s tournament yielded a 20 lbs Northern Pike and several other nice fish!

As always, be safe out there!

3 anglers with 3 nice 11 mile trout!

3 anglers with 3 nice 11 mile trout!

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IFC guide Dillon Matthews with a beautiful trophy eleven mile trout!

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A client with a trophy 11 mile northern pike!

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