Darrell Jacquez, of Arvada, pulls a trout from a gap whereas ice fishing at St. Vrain State Park on Jan. 19,2016. (Lewis Geyer, Occasions Name)

Current chilly climate sends a message that many lakes are starting to freeze and shortly most boat ramps shall be closing.

And though open-water fishing in Colorado continues to be excellent — a few of the better of the season, the truth is — I’m already listening to a buzz from anglers who’re excited to move out on the ice.

There’s a myriad of causes individuals take pleasure in ice fishing: Anglers have entry to areas they will’t attain in open water, the catch fee is far larger via the ice than through the open-water season and, notably, they will fish 12 months spherical.

The game has grown over the previous many years, thanks partially to “Mr. Ice Fishing” Dave Genz, probably the most completed ice anglers in North America and the primary visitor in my radio present’s sequence “Masters of Ice Fishing.”

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He led the cost from massive wood shelters or sitting on a bucket to the transportable ice huts which might be so frequent right now. He additionally launched ice anglers to the usage of electronics to enhance their success fee.

I requested Genz what he believed have been a few of the most up-to-date advances which have moved the game alongside. He had two solutions.

His fast response was “electrical augers.” (For these new to the game, augers are the spiral software used to bore holes within the ice.)

Genz has lengthy been a proponent of staying cell till you discover lively fish. His mantra has at all times been, “If it’s not simple to maneuver, you received’t.” He went on to comment that the brand new electrical augers have been mild, simple to make use of and had drastically improved battery expertise.

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One other class Genz stated was continuously enhancing was clothes. Trendy clothes can hold you heat and cozy in a few of the coldest situations.

Clams “Ice Armour” line of attire is a good instance, he stated, noting improved breathability and suppleness. Additionally, many trendy ice-fishing clothes, just like the Clam “Rise,” have built-in flotation to assist you within the occasion that you simply fall via the ice.

Ice security

You’ll by no means hear me seek advice from “secure ice,” however if you happen to use frequent sense, ice fishing will be very secure.

  • Early clear ice tends to be stronger than older ice, which may honeycomb and erode. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has suggestions for ice security on its web site.
  • Early within the season, carry a “spud bar,” or ice chisel, to examine the ice as you proceed. It additionally serves as a software for making a gap to fish when the ice is just a few inches thick.
  • Have cleats for strolling on the ice.
  • Put on “ice picks” round your neck that can assist you get out in case you fall via.
  • Fish with a companion and carry a rope to throw to one another in case somebody does fall via.
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