Saturday, December 8, 2012

Update and Ice Fishing

It's been a while since I've posted about fishing. Then again, it's been a while since I've had a good quality fishing trip as well. Sure, I've been fishing since I've posted last and I've also caught some pretty decent fish; but I also started school and that had to take priority. This semester was the first time for me being a dad, as well as work and school and it took a while to get used to. I found I haven't had much time to blog. Hunting season is another reason I haven't blogged for a while. The free time that I did manage to find was spent hunting birds with Ben and Ben and once with my brother in law Jared.

Yesterday, Friend Ben asked me what I was doing, I told him nothing that I just finished a Final and had nothing to do the rest of the day. He had the great idea to head up the mountains and see if a lake was frozen over. I concurred that it was a great idea so later that afternoon we headed up. We decided to go to Tony's grove, a popular summer lake for residents of Cache Valley. I had never been there but always intended to. The roads were clear until about 5 miles left of our journey.

About 2 miles to destination, we came across this sign?

We pulled up to the lake and like we had hoped, it was frozen over...

It's always a bit scary going out on the ice for the first time. You never know if its going to be thick enough. We were fairly certain it was thick enough however, due to the 8 or so inches of snow on top of the ice. We went out a few feet and Ben tested the ice. After about 6 inches down, we knew the ice was good and headed out further onto the lake. We found a spot a quarter of the way out in the lake and decided to try it out. Ben dug the holes in the ice and we set out a couple poles.

Ben had a fish on fairly quick but it got away. The fishing didn't get any faster so we started talking about moving to a new place when Ben landed his first fish of the ice season...

I hadn't had a bite yet but we stayed a while longer and I finally got a hit, but the fish got away right when I was pulling him out of the water. It got slow again so we talked of moving again when I landed my first...

We moved out into the middle of the lake finally and the fishing got hotter. We set up our poles and caught fish of various sizes and coloring (all rainbow trout). It was a fun afternoon but soon after the sun went behind the mountain it started getting too cold for comfort and we decided to head home, just in time too because it started snowing a bit as we left.

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