I met up with Rob for our first East Canyon fishing trip of the year. We arrived to the reservoir at sunrise and had 5 to 6 inches of safe ice. We walked across the reservoir from where we parked and set up in our usual spot. The fishing was slower than it's been here in years past but we still iced 15 rainbows using a variety of jigs. As always, the one I had the most success on was a pink 1/80 oz. round jig head tipped with a wax worm (www.jamminjigs.com). White and Chartreuse worked as well. The coolest part of the day was seeing a bald eagle come down out of the trees and steal one of our trout off the ice. I wish I would have had my camera ready to get pictures. We also saw a group of 5 bald eagles in a tree and some wild turkeys on the way home.
January 3, 2011
I hit Palisade today with a friend visiting from Florida and his cousin. I've fished with him several times down in Florida and he wanted to try out ice fishing. When he takes me in Florida, I get perfect warm weather, nice beaches and more species of fish than I can count. He got -5 degree temperatures, numb hands and the high probability of a cold! I was here just a few days ago and had a lot of success so I was expecting the same today. Turns out the fish didn't want to participate as much as they did before. We still caught some fish and Brock was able to land his first fish through the ice. We caught rainbows and tiger trout using white jigs tipped with mill worms. He even got to have his first experience feeling the ice move and grown as it expands. I've never seen him move so fast toward shore! I was the same way when I first started ice fishing. Even now it can cause me to feel uneasy when it goes across where you're sitting. We called it quits around noon and headed back home. It was a fun trip to start out 2011!
Brock with his first fish through the ice; a fat rainbow!