Colorado Outdoors Ice Fishing Resources

From the mountains to the foothills, nearly all public reservoirs and lakes on both sides of the Continental Divide are open to ice fishing.
Brad ice fishing at Evergreen lake.
Ice fishing on Evergreen Lake.

Colorado Outdoors Online offers a wide variety of how-to and where-to resources for anglers. Whether you’re planning your first ice fishing trip or simply looking for a new place to ice fish, the following blog posts offer something for everyone:

1. Gearing Up For Ice Fishing

"wonder bread" tungsten jig

From augers to tackle, this post provides an overview of some of the equipment you’ll need to have a safe and successful hardwater fishing season.

2. Ice Fishing – Yellow Perch

Strange thing … the power that fish averaging only 8-inches long can have over humans. Yet, despite their size, yellow perch have a following of devotees in Colorado, especially among ice fishers, where the devotion can approach the cult level.

3. Tools of the Trade

anglers looking at ice fishing gear

Ice Fishing – Getting Started offers another look at some of the basic tools of the trade to ensure you have a safe and successful ice fishing season.

4. Ice Fishing Granby Lake Trout

Lake Granby offers some of the best ice fishing in Colorado. Check out this video to learn some techniques for fishing this large reservoir.

5. Ice Fishing—Where To Go For Trout

Rainbow trout

Finding a place to ice fish for trout is easy, no matter where you live in Colorado. From the mountains to the foothills, nearly all public reservoirs and lakes on both sides of the Continental Divide are open to ice fishing. This post features an overview of some of the more productive locations across the state.

Safety First

The Rule of Thumb for Ice

  • ​2 inches or less – STAY OFF 
  • ​4 inches of good ice for a walking individual 
  • 6 inches of good ice for a snowmobile or ATV 
  • 8-12 inches of good ice for a car or small pickup 
  • 12-15 inches of good ice for a medium pickup truck

Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for updates on ice conditions and some important safety tips.


Posted by Jerry Neal. Neal is the editor for Colorado Outdoors Online and is a media specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

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