If youre waiting at home with an auger and slush spoon in hand, you will probably have to wait a little longer. Horsethief Reservoir is frozen and could be ready by the weekend, but I wouldnt bet on it. Its too risky to go early, and guessing wrong could get you a cold and potentially lethal dip in icy water. A limit of trout is not worth it.
Not to sound all nervous Nellie on you, but the thought of falling through the ice just freaks me out. I dont even like to hear groaning ice when its a foot deep.
So were in a waiting game, but the weather definitely looks more favorable for ice fishing than it has been for several weeks. I will be so bold as to say ice fishing is probably a couple weeks away.
There are reasons to be excited. Last year, Cascade Reservoir came close to producing a state-record perch. In the meantime, grab your 2013 calendar and mark these dates:
Idaho Youth Outdoors ice fishing derby, Saturday, Jan. 12, Horsethief Reservoir: In its fourth year, this has become a great winter event that attracts lots of kids and families onto the ice for fishing and festivities. See a link at the next events website for details.
Cascade ice fishing derby, Saturday, Jan. 26, Cascade: This is a first-year event and proceeds from the derby will benefit future youth ice fishing events. Go to cascadeicefishingderby.com for details.
Tackle Toms ice fishing derby, Feb. 16-17, Cascade: This is a winter classic running for more than 20 years. Its a fun event that attracts a lot of old and new ice anglers.
Roger Phillips: 377-6215