Fish Rap: Beat the inversion by going ice fishing

rphillips@idahostatesman.comJanuary 23, 2014 

I think it’s safe to say we’re all tired of gray skies and fog, but guess what? Not every place is blanketed by an inversion.

It doesn’t take much to get away from it. Head east or north and it will quickly disappear. I checked the weather mid week and forecasts were calling for sunny and mid 40s in Riggins and Buhl over the weekend.

Not bad fishing weather if you ask me, especially for January.

But here’s the flipside. Things only get better later for those places, so why not take advantage of the winter weather and go ice fishing?

I’ve been beating this drum a lot lately, so forgive me if you’re tired of hearing it.

But every week I seem to get a photo like the one below of someone yarding a monster trout caught through the ice at Lake Cascade, or hear reports about a 5 pounder coming out of Magic.

I also heard about a catch of about 50 jumbo perch coming out of Lake Cascade. Frankly, I haven’t heard anything better lately, and that’s why I’m hyping ice fishing.

And as they say on late night TV, “But wait, there’s more!”

The Hardwater Classic ice fishing derby is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Cascade, and you can win up to $300 for landing the biggest fish of the day if you’re signed up. It’s also a fundraiser for the wildly popular Youth Ice Fishing Day, so the money is for a good cause.

Entry fee is $25 for adults and $10 for youth ages 14 and under. Registration starts at 5 a.m. at the Cascade American Legion Hall at 105 E. Mill Road, which will also host a post-derby chili feed. You must register before fishing.

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