While ice melts, where can you continue ice fishing in Routt County? | SteamboatToday.com

While ice melts, where can you continue ice fishing in Routt County?

Waiting patiently without a bite for a long time, Steamboat local Jan Wolford catches a trout in the 10th annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Stagecoach State Park on Jan. 7, 2023. Ice at Stagecoach Reservoir has since become too thin for ice fishing and those looking to extend the fishing season should try Steamboat Lake.
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As spring approaches, the ice at Stagecoach State Park is beginning to melt, and melt quickly.

According to a post on the park’s Facebook page, the inlet at Stagecoach is just about free of ice. The reservoir is not nearly thick enough to support ice fishing of any kind. 

Commonly, the reservoir is 100% ice-off by the last week of April, but projections are showing some ice may stay around into early May. 

Those who wish to extend their ice fishing season as long as possible should head to Steamboat Lake State Park where ice fishing is still available. 

The lake has a crusty ice layer but conditions have been inconsistent. Those who fish will encounter 9 to 10 inches of slush and water but the ice will be strong enough to withstand ice fishing activities. 

Similar conditions are being reported from Pearl Lake State Park. 

Steamboat Lake ice commonly remains thick enough through the first or second week of May and updates can be found on the park’s Facebook page, website or by calling the office at 970-879-3922.

It is important to remember ice safety rules this time of year when the weather begins to warm. Make sure you have the necessary equipment, fish with a friend and continuously check on ice conditions when you go.

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