Colorado Ice Fishing Forecast — November 10, 2020
So far, we are seeing the cold temperatures we need to get ice on a lot of the our bigger mountain lakes and reservoirs by early to mid December! A lot of the smaller high mountain lakes have already capped over and some of them already have several inches of ice! ALWAYS use extreme caution on early ice! Carry a spud bar, wear life pics, a lifevest, carry rope, pack light, and fish with at least one other person. Early ice can do crazy things, especially if day time highs are getting above freezing.
A lot of our Colorado lakes and reservoirs are below full pool to some degree. The lower the body of water is, the faster it will typically freeze if we continue to see cold temperatures. For our Southpark lakes, Tarryall usually freezes first sometime between Thanksgiving and the first week of December (sometimes earlier). Antero is usually next in early to mid December, and 11 Mile usually isn’t far behind.
Blue Mesa typically sees some good ice in early to mid December on the east end of the lake, but the rest of the lake takes 6-8 weeks to cap over and get good ice. Some years it doesn’t freeze completely, but since the lake is down about 56′, I would anticipate that Blue Mesa should completely cap this winter!
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Here are some early ice fish pics from years past!
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