St. Vrain is the go-to spot for Weld County winter anglers, offering ice fishing at 10 of its 11 ponds during the winter. St. Vrain State Park Manager Scott Reffel and company stock the park’s ponds with an extensive variety of fish, including trout, walleye, catfish and pike.
A word of advice from Reffel on a successful ice fishing venture: use smaller bait.
“Smaller is usually better: Swedish pimples, meal worms or just the head of a live worm will land substantially more fish than large jigs or bait,” Reffel said. “The exception is with the trophy bass and walleye, they will usually go for medium sized jigs and anything that looks and/or smells like shad.”