One of the best parts about ice fishing is the ability to fish from the center of the lake without a boat. You can really catch some monsters in the winter! Read our ice fishing blog.
Guide to Ice Fishing in Colorado
Enjoy quiet landscapes, breath-taking scenery, and the tranquility of the Colorado wilderness. The reputation of ice fishing as a cold winter activity is true, but with modern equipment like heaters, huts and the right winter clothing, you can usually find yourself quite comfortable.
The season typically lasts from early December through mid-April, depending on location and weather. Generally, ice needs to be 4 inches thick to hold a person and 5 inches to hold a snowmobile. Cars are often seen driving on ice which is usually safe on ice at least 8 to 12 inches thick.
So as long as there is sufficient ice, all you need to do is drill a hole and drop your line. Usually holes will be between 4 and 10 inches, depending on size drilled used and fish type you’re going after. Ten inches is the max width in Colorado. You’ll often have to scoop ice out of your hole to keep it from refreezing.
Numerous bait and tackle shops stay open in the winter and will rent you everything you need to ice fish. Ice Fishing Colorado LLC rents everything you need for a day on the ice: rods, drills, tents, and more. It’s conveniently located at the entrance to Rocky Mountains by I-70 in Golden.
Ice Fishing Equipment
- Auger – drill hole
- Bait and tackle – fish lure
- Fishing license – obtained at a number of stores, like Wal-Mart or online
- Ice hut – stay warm
- Reel and rod – catch fish
- Scoop – keep hole ice free
- Boots, wool socks
- Wind and waterproof jacket
- Gloves, hat, sunglasses
- Layers of clothing
- Camera, cell phone
- Hand and food warmers
- Ice cleats
- Sunscreen, lip balm
- Water, snacks
Stay informed on ice fishing conditions at Ice Fish Colorado.
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Fortunately most great fishing areas have campsites nearby. Sometimes you need more than a hike to and from the lake.