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Winter fishing: Safe ice lures anglers | Preston Citizen

Winter fishing: Safe ice lures anglers

February 6, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

The last month cold temperatures have formed enough ice on Franklin County reservoirs to be considered safe and a number of anglers have been out trying their luck.

Those venturing out on Foster and Glendale need to use caution around the banks where ice is not as thick as in the middle, according to Korey Owens, resident Idaho Fish and Game officer.

He said water is filling these two impoundments and as a result the ice around the edges needs to be checked as a safety measure.

“Folks are just starting to catch a few bluegill and trout at Twin Lakes,” said Owens. “But you really have to move around to find where the fish are. Fishing has been spotty,” he said.

Anglers on Saturday afternoon took advantage of blue skies and fairly mild temperatures and tried their luck ice fishing on Foster Reservoir.

“At Winder and Condie snow conditions are making wheeled access almost impossible and snowmobiles are the recommended mode of travel. I’m sure small perch and bluegill can be creeled,” he said.

“Lamont is producing some bluegill, trout and small perch. Weston Reservoir has been fair for perch and trout. Any bass that are caught have to be immediately released during the winter and spring months. Some of the largest perch in the area can be found in Weston. Ice is a little softer near the dam.

This story is sponsored by Shawn P. Bailey.

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