Fish Rap by Roger Phillips: Our time between open water and ice fishing

rphillips@idahostatesman.comNovember 28, 2013 

Thanks goodness we don’t live in Minnesota. Their options are ice fishing or stay home. Not that I am an authority on Minnesota, since I’ve never been there, but I do know we’re different.

We have rivers that fish pretty much year-round. Same with some spring-fed ponds that stay open despite subfreezing temperatures.

Whether you fish this time of year just depends on your cold tolerance. Mine is fairly high, but I never seem to be alone out there, so I guess it’s about average for Idaho anglers.

We don’t blink at cold weather, but we do have other things to distract us from fishing. We’re all getting anxious and excited for ski and snowmobile season, and there are still quite a few hunting options available.

I’m pretty average in that category, too. There’s a lot to do during winter.

But at the same time, I find myself looking forward to ice fishing. We had a blast last winter ice fishing on C.J. Strike, and my buddies and I are already talking about taking a trip up to Cascade. It has two things we’re after: consistent ice and perch. I tried to get in touch with the folks at Magic Reservoir to see what the situation is there, but haven’t had any luck yet.

Horsethief is often the first option for ice fishing, and while frozen, it’s not thick enough. I am pretty patient when it comes to ice. I like it thick, or I don’t like it at all. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see folks start ice fishing in the next few weeks.

I will try to keep people posted about ice conditions here and at

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