January 2, 2010

Christmas Vacation, Ice Fishing Style

I got a week off from work over the Christmas holiday and got to finally go ice fishing. On the first outing, Rob and I met up and headed to East Canyon Res. We started fishing at 7:30 am and caught around 40 rainbows that ranged from 12-16 inches. Pink or White Jammin Jigs tipped with wax worms were the ticket. We found the fish in 10-12 ft.
Rob Couldn't go the next day, so I made a solo run down to Palisade Res. I've had great success here in the past and that was the story again. started fishing around 8 am using pink Jammin Jigs tipped with a mill worm and slammed them. The bite was super lite so a wire bobber is a must. without one, I would have never felt a single bite. I landed 26 rainbows and 1 tiny tiger trout. the rainbows were in the 12-14 inch range. Palisade holds huge tigers but I couldn't find them.
On Wednesday I met back up with Rob and headed to Causey Res. We couldn't seem to really find the fish. We ended up with 20 fish landed, most of which were small tiger trout. The bite was slow the whole day. Our main reason for going there was to try and get into some kokanee salmon. Rob had caught them through the ice before but it wasn't in the cards for us this trip. Overall, the 3 days of fishing were great! It was nice to finally be able to get out on the hard deck and ice some fish.

First bow of the ice season from East Canyon.
Another bow from East Canyon.

A funky colored bow from Palisade.

Small tiger trout from Causey.


  1. You're a brave guy going ice fishing. That's one illness I haven't caught yet (hate the cold). Looks like you had some good outings though. Good luck with the salmon should you get out again.

  2. Glad to see you got out on the ice and landed plenty of fish. Those are good looking Rainbows. I have never caught a Tiger Trout. Idaho hasn't gotten with the idea to have Tiger Trout in our waters up here. Maybe some day. What is a Jammin' Jig?

  3. Mel,
    Go to www.jamminjigs.com, They're my favorite brand of jigs to use icefishing. I have a lot of different kinds of them and they almost never let me down!

    Thanks for the good luck wishes troutrageous1. I'll take all the mojo I can get!