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Only have done it once, and it wasn't exactly ice fishing, just wanted to ask whether the fish bite better while ice fishing than in the summer or if it's about the same.
 

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I've always found the best ice fishing to be early on as soon as the ice is safe to fish. I've been successful all winter but early on seems to always produce the most fish. Not sure where you're thinking of going. Usually Scofield is one of the earliest to freeze over, usually late December, sometimes a little earlier depending on the year. Strawberry is typically just a little after that.
 

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So where does everyone think will be hot for ice fishing this year?
Here are my picks,
The Berry is a no brainer. [Always good if you know what you are doing]
Rockport looks like it will pick up from last year with some nice Perch and good fishing for Bows.
East Canyon should continue to fish well in the early season for Bows.
Pineview should also fish well in the early season for Perch and Crappie
Mantua will be it's usual finicky self with good and bad days all season.
Causey will also be finicky, but you should be able to find some Kokanee, if you look hard enough.
Jordannelle should be a good place to fish if it freezes over.
 

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My family really enjoys ice fishing. It seems a bit more social than heading to the lake in a boat. Seldom in a boat or even on shore, would you go up to the guys over there and strike up a conversation. I've found this pretty common when ice fishing. Which makes it nice for the family. My kids love to go. We usually last 2-3 hours on the ice which is about right for them. Ice fishing is a good time. I've found that catching is about the same as any other season. There will be hit and miss days, some hot, some not so hot, and if you know what you are doing, you can pretty much consistently catch fish. The more you know a particular water, the better you'll do. We usually go in the later winter/early spring because of schedules and such so that is about the only time I've done it.
 

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I did some searching and could not find any ice flies around Utah lately or last year. Am I looking in the wrong places? Im currently in MN and they got ice fever here like crazy, the rigs, huts, augers and ice flies and whatever else I forgot associated with it are out. Should I just pick up some of the ice flies before I come back or will they start to put them out shortly? Seems like beadhead or conehead buggers would work just as well.
 

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Good news, I was up at the berry yesterday in the bliizzard(19 degrees). The lake was iced up about a foot from shore. I hope its s sign of a early ice up. If the weather stays cold It wont be long I bet. *(())*
 

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I had a lot of fun at Pineview last year. I'm looking forward to more "crappie mornings" and "perch afternoons" up there. I've got my fingers crossed for Rockport too. Happy fishing, everyone. I hope to see many of you out on the ice before too many weeks.
 

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Even though there is ice around the edges at the Berry I'de dare put money on it that it won't freeze before thanksgiving. We still a few weeks.. I can't wait either though!!
 

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STEVO said:
Good news, I was up at the berry yesterday in the bliizzard(19 degrees). The lake was iced up about a foot from shore. I hope its s sign of a early ice up. If the weather stays cold It wont be long I bet. *(())*
Hunting or fishing??
 

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Riverrat77 said:
STEVO said:
Good news, I was up at the berry yesterday in the bliizzard(19 degrees). The lake was iced up about a foot from shore. I hope its s sign of a early ice up. If the weather stays cold It wont be long I bet. *(())*
Hunting or fishing??
Duck hunting, very few birds around up there this year for some reason. My chessie turned into a ice block, so we decided to get outta there. No need in freezing our butts off when theres not much flying. We ended up giving up on that & came back to Farmington bay for the afternoon hunt. There were a few guys fishing that looked like they were doing pretty good fishing though. The wind was brutal at sun up, It blew at about 40mph with the cold temps & it snowed like crazy.

I havent ever seen the berry ice up before about the middle of December, But if the edges are icing up already, THats a start at getting the water temps down!!!

Ive had the Ice fishing fever for the last 4 monthes now :D Pretty bad when your waxing up the Jet sled in July in 100 degree weather. _(O)_ Atleast none of the stores have started carrying ice fishing supplys yet. I got a new auger off ebay this last spring that ive been itching to use. Almost had to buy the Fence post auger attachment just so I could try it out!!!! :lol:
 

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GREAT NEWS!!!
Sportsman's Warehouse will start receiving their ice fishing supplies on Wedensday and will be stocking their shelves soon after that!!!
Time to wax up the credit cards and get in line. Doors open at 10:00am!!!
PS, I just heard that Huntington has ice starting to form along the shore line.
See ya on the ice! :D
 

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Grandpa D said:
GREAT NEWS!!!
Sportsman's Warehouse will start receiving their ice fishing supplies on Wedensday and will be stocking their shelves soon after that!!!
Time to wax up the credit cards and get in line. Doors open at 10:00am!!!
PS, I just heard that Huntington has ice starting to form along the shore line.
See ya on the ice! :D
SWEET!!! I wonder when Cabelas will get theirs?
 

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JAT83 said:
Grandpa D said:
GREAT NEWS!!!
Sportsman's Warehouse will start receiving their ice fishing supplies on Wedensday and will be stocking their shelves soon after that!!!
Time to wax up the credit cards and get in line. Doors open at 10:00am!!!
PS, I just heard that Huntington has ice starting to form along the shore line.
See ya on the ice! :D
SWEET!!! I wonder when Cabelas will get theirs?
They already have augers ice flies and rods out when I was there on wed.
 

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Daaaa dum...... daaaa dum.... da da da da da da da da (my attempt at the Jaws theme)
Its coming! Hooray!
 

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I'm thinking about picking up a ice shelter this year. Anybody have any suggestions on which one's they like/dislike?
 

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You can count on SW to be better priced than Cabela's. Cabela's is just a neat place to be, even if you aren't shopping. I could spend hours upon hours at Sportsman's, too.

I guess I like SW a little better since the staff (in Provo) is usually somewhat helpful whereas the Cabela's staff treats you like a burden that's in the way of their next smoke break. :?

Either way, though. Cabela's has stuff that you can't find at SW and likewise. I just kind of hate driving to the point of the mountain to get to Cabela's. Sportsman's is a little bit closer to me and they usually have what I can't get at Wal*Mart.
 
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