Fish rap: Ice fishing is your best bet, but not only option


rphillips@idahostatesman.comJanuary 9, 2014 

It’s an easy trap to start the fishing report with preconceived notions based on our weather in the Treasure Valley. Then I start calling different places and get a wake up call.

I called Clear Lakes Country Club to ask about their fishing derby coming up on Feb. 8. They always restock the lake right before the derby, which obviously means more fish.

Kevin at Clear Lake mentioned a guy fished three days over the Christmas holidays and claimed to land double digits each day, including one day of landing over 30 trout.

A fish story?

Couldn’t tell you for sure, but the fact he fished three straight days in December lends some credibility.

A call to Riggins confirmed the canyon above town is still iced up, but downstream is open and the locals are catching steelhead.

The South Fork of the Boise continues to produce trout for hardy fly anglers.

Heck, I am half expecting someone to report catching bluegill off a local pond.

Probably a couple months early for that, but it shows there’s more options than you might think.

I won’t go on at length about ice fishing because the cover story pretty well covers that, but I will share that I got a great email from a reader, Bob Ewing, who sent a photo from his first ice fishing trip.

“Who says the fishing slows down in winter? We caught our limit at Horsethief. Beautiful day and new experience. Thanks for encouraging people to get out and experience Idaho,” he wrote.

And that, as they say, is what makes it all worthwhile.

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