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The best ice fishing lakes in CO include Lake Granby, Eleven Mile Reservoir and Harvey Gap Reservoir. The most popular species are rainbow trout, yellow perch and kokanee salmon. See a list of lakes and species below.

Ice fishing is as basic as fishing gets. During winter, it is popular here in the state. Aside from the tools one uses to create a hole in the ice, all other gear is very basic. A simple rod, reel, line and hook or lure is all you need. Lures, live bait and prepared bait are options, depending on the fish species in the lake or pond.

Antero Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Brown trout

Aurora Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Yellow Perch

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake Trout Kokanee Salmon

Chambers Lake

Rainbow Trout Lake Trout Kokanee Salmon

Chatfield Reservoir

Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Rainbow Trout Yellow Perch

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout

Crawford Reservoir

Black crappie Rainbow Trout Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Eleven Mile Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout Kokanee Salmon Northern Pike

Grass Valley Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Yellow Perch

Green Mountain Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake Trout Kokanee Salmon Northern Pike

Harvey Gap Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Yellow Perch

Island Lake

Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Brown trout

Jackson Gulch Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Yellow Perch

Jackson Lake

Walleye Hybrid Striped Bass

Lake Granby

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake Trout Kokanee Salmon

Lake John

Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout Atlantic Salmon

North Sterling Reservoir

Smallmouth bass Black crappie Rainbow Trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Hybrid Striped Bass

Rifle Gap Reservoir

Smallmouth bass Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Tarryall Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout Brown trout Northern Pike

Taylor Park Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake Trout Kokanee Salmon Northern Pike

Trinidad Lake

Black crappie Walleye Saugeye Rainbow Trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout Brook Trout Brown trout

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This is a great way to get the kids to go outdoors in winter, connect with nature and learn to fish. The first consideration when attempting to go ice fishing, is safety. Make sure the ice is safe, and that you are prepared should an accident occur. Dress to stay warm - it's better to remove extra jackets than be cold and miserable. Be aware that the ice can be slippery, and falls can be dangerous.

Basis ice fishing tips and techniques video.

Click here for ice fishing basics, including details on finding the best place to fish, tips for cutting a hole, basic tackle, bait, lures, depths to fish, safety, shanty's, tents and huts.

Best ice fishing method for crappie, bluegill, perch and sunfish

Horizontal jigs and spoon-type baits are the go-to baits for crappie, either tipped with a minnow, wax worm or prepared baits often triggers more bites. Jigs work better close to the bottom, spoons tend to work better higher in the water column. If options allow, 15 to 30 feet is the most common depth. Adjust as necessary. See additional info on ice fishing for crappie, perch and sunfish.

Best ice fishing method for walleye

Four basic lures are all you need. Ice jigs are minnow shaped with a tail that causes them to fall in a circular patter. Drop them to the desired depth (often to the bottom), then lift the bait a few feet to let it fall on slack line. Spoons: Metal slabs in chrome or a wide array of colors are used to jig up-and-down mimicking a dying baitfish. Lipless crankbaits: Fish like a spoon. Jigs: Use slightly larger jigs than for crappie, preferably with a flashing blade attached. Tip with live bait and let it sit, up a ways from the bottom typically 1 to 3 feet. A general tip is to always keep your bait off the bottom, one to 5 feet is an ideal place to start. Additional information about ice fishing for walleye.

Best ice fishing method for trout

Trout focus on small forage fish in winter, so baits that flash silver - jigs or spoons, do well in attracting trout. Dual rods, where legal, are very effective. One rod with a jig/live bait set up on a tip-up, the second with a spoon fished up and down pretty aggressively. See more detail about ice fishing for trout.

Best ice fishing method for bass

Bass are often found closer to the shoreline than schooling fish. Fish the same as other species, using a bit larger baits and slightly heavier line. Be prepared to battle using your drag if you hook a big one. Additional information about ice fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Best ice fishing method for pike and musky

Live bait, shiners and sunfish, are a great way to attract these big fellahs, assuming local law allows their use. Heavier line, steel leaders, bigger hooks and stronger tip-ups are in order. See more information on ice fishing for pike and musky.

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