Antero Ice Fishing Report: Antero Reservoir has had safe ice for several weeks and over all the fishing has been good! However, the ice fishing has not been easy every day. The ice is running 8″+ and there are patches of snow and clear black ice from the wind blowing it around. From our time on the water, it seems like the pattern and location changes daily so the two keys to consistent success are staying mobile and experimenting with color and depth! Some days the fish are cruising right off the bottom, some days they are suspended mid water column, and some days they are only a few feet under the ice!
Jigging and dead-sticking have both been working, but again experimenting with each is the key until you figure out what mood the fish are in that part of the day. Good colors have been pinks, whites, reds, oranges and some natural colors, but you will see the best color change throughout the day as the sun penetrates the water from different angles. Be sure to tip your jig with a meal worm, wax worm, earth worm, or power bait as these scents make all the difference in the world! Rainbow trout and cutbow trout have been making up most of the bag, but we have seen and caught some brown trout, snake river cutthroat trout, splake, and brook trout. REMEMBER: the daily bag limit is 2 fish per person of any size, although it is a good practice to release the bigger fish. Good luck, be courteous to your fellow anglers, and be safe out there!
(This Antero Ice fishing report is courtesy of Robby Richardson, owner and guide of Ice Fish Colorado. If you would like to book a guided Colorado ice fishing trip to learn more about this body of water, please contact us today!)
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