By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Good ice, good weather, and good fishing is drawing area residents to Franklin County reservoirs this winter to try their luck at ice fishing.
Both Doug Allen, Smithfield, and his fishing buddy Matt Allen, Hyde Park, said they frequent the ice-covered reservoirs in southern Idaho during winter months to get out of doors.
They were recently at Twin Lakes on a bright, sunny day and were having pretty good success. Doug had landed three nice trout and Matt just missed a 25-inch rainbow.
They said it was their third outing at Twin Lakes this winter and they plan to return. The ice on Twin is about 12-inches thick, they said. Besides Twin Lakes, they frequently go to Deep Creek in Oneida County.
Folks are just starting to catch a few perch and bluegill at Twin, according to Korey Owens, resident Idaho fish and game officer. “But you really have to move around to find where the fish are. I’ve seen some nice trout come out of the Lakes, as well,” he said.
“On Winder the ice is good and a lot of little perch are being caught. A few larger trout are also being taken. Foster Reservoir is producing a few nice-sized trout and some perch. At Glendale, anglers are getting some small rainbow and perch.
“LaMont is producing some medium-sized bluegill and small perch. Weston Reservoir was ‘hot’ right after ice conditions were safe, but has slowed down some. There’s been some nice trout and some good perch caught there. At Condie there’s been a lot of bluegill and some crappie creeled. But you have to move around to find them.
“There are some really-good sized trout in Treasureton and a few have been caught. But anglers need to remember there are special regulations there that limit anglers to one pole. No bait is allowed and only barbless hooks can be used.
“It is really important for anyone going ice fishing to get a regulation pamphlet from area vendors and read it for special regulations on the waters they plan to fish. There are several different rules on reservoirs in the county,” said Owens.
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