Fish Rap by Roger Phillips: Ice fishing off to a good start, but be careful

rphillips@idahostatesman.comDecember 12, 2013 

I’m always torn between being a Mother Hen and letting grown-ups make their own decision about what’s safe. I know I sound like a broken record when I say to double-check ice thickness, but the thought of someone falling through the ice just freaks me out. Risking thin ice for a few trout or perch isn’t worth it.

But I will get off that subject and just look at the positive. Thanks to cold temperatures and scant snow, ice fishing is starting a little earlier than usual. The only fishing report I’ve heard came from Horsethief, where anglers are catching limits of trout through the ice.

Lake Cascade and Magic Reservoir are both frozen and probably thick enough to walk on the ice in some places. I expect fishing reports from both places will start trickling in after the weekend. I am curious about the perch fishing in both places, because to me, that’s what ice fishing is all about. We can catch trout darn near anywhere, any time of year, but perch through this ice is fun and makes a tasty fish fry.

Ice fishing is becoming more popular in Southwest Idaho. Ice conditions were amazing last year, and there was some good fishing, too. I think what separates ice fishing from other kinds is how social it is. People are really friendly on the ice, and you can invite as many people as you want because there’s plenty of room. I always call it tailgating with a little fishing thrown in.

So if you haven’t tried it, make it a goal this winter. You will be amazed at the some people’s ice fishing set ups, and keep reading for information about upcoming ice fishing events this winter.

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