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Huntington Fire and Ice.
Well howdy, folks. It's been a while. <3

I braved the "unstable ice conditions" today at Huntington/Mammoth. Couldn't have asked for better conditions. Clear blue skies. No wind. Not a flake of snow on the ice. I was walking on glass.

When I pulled up, there was already a group of 3 walking out onto the lake. They were still alive... good enough for me. The unstable ice turned out to be a solid 5 inches of pure crystal. There was foggy ice down by the damn, from the shore to about 20 feet out.

I walked down to the far end of the damn and started just past the foggy ice. Stepping onto the clear ice from the foggy was a little nerve racking. I fished there for about 45 minutes with a couple bites, but nothing landed.

I then moved a little farther down the far shoreline and drilled another 2 holes. Fished there for about 20 minutes without a bite, and decided to head back to my original spot. Reeling up my second pole I got a nice hit, I looked down the hole and could see my jig about 10 feet down. Boom, tiger takes the bait. And from then on it was fish after fish the rest of the afternoon.

From 10-2 I caught over 30 fish. I caught fish on everything I put down the hole, at every depth. Half the fish I caught sight fishing, looking down the hole. It was very enjoyable. Mostly smaller tigers in the 13-14 inch range, but I did catch a few decent ones. Also some with beautiful colors.

Anybody ever catch anything big out of there? Also, anything other than tigers in there? I lost one at the hole that looked like it might have been a rainbow, but could have just been a silvery tiger.

Anyways, I'm sure next weekend will be a mad house. My bad. Happy

There was no snow on the road.



Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish... and feed yourself. He's a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.
(This post was edited by FishMcFisherson on Dec 10, 2017, 5:30 PM)
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Re: [FishMcFisherson] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
Clear ice is awesome. Been a couple years but it is a blast. Well done!

Cowboy Up!
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Re: [FishMcFisherson] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
For years Huntington was a irrigation storage lake only and was drained every year. There were no fish in there back then. When the DWR started to experiment with tiger trout , I believe that was the first place they stocked them. To my knowlege they have neber stocked it with anything else.. There are a few cutthroat that were native to the feeder stream , and they must be released if caught.
As for size , there are a few caught every year up tp 4 or 5 pounds. The DWR gill netted it earlier this year and had some pictures of a couple 25 to 30" ones they got in there nets. The size has gone down over the last few years due to the ris
ing popularity of the lake however.
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Re: [Lonnie] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
Clear ice is actually stronger than foggy ice. I know it is hard to wrap your head around walking on something you can see through, but ..........
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Re: [Cowboy_43] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
It was sweet. I took a pretty cool video. My fish looked a lot bigger under the ice...Happy



Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish... and feed yourself. He's a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.
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Re: [Lonnie] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
Thanks for the info. I wouldn't have minded pulling out a 30 incher...



Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish... and feed yourself. He's a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.
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Re: [Anglinarcher] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
It seemed that way. The foggy ice was all chunky and cracked up. It just felt weird stepping onto the clear. It looked like water. Thought I was just gonna go right in lol



Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish... and feed yourself. He's a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.
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Re: [FishMcFisherson] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
"There was foggy ice down by the damn, from the shore to about 20 feet out.

I walked down to the far end of the damn and started just past the foggy ice."

The damn what? The damn dam? Can't believe everybody on BFT insists on calling a dam a damn.

Anyway, good report.

There are some tigers over 20" in Huntington, but not many caught. They eat meat...minnows or planter trout. They usually don't fall for the bitty bites that ice anglers drop down.

What looked like a rainbow could have been a cutt. There are no rainbows planted in there but there are a few cutts...and they must be released.

Hope you were using ice cleats. That slick early ice can be treacherous. I have seen some nasty falls with injuries on that stuff.

And you are right. That lake will get hammered now until the first big snow dump. That usually brings in the slush monster and it becomes tough to fish.

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Re: [TubeDude] Huntington Fire and Ice. In reply to
Haha, I think I'm just that accustomed to cursing.

I did throw a gulp minnow down there, hoping to pull up something a little bigger. I had lots of hits, but was tough getting a hook set on the minnow.

I did have ice cleats. Got some for Christmas 2 years ago, and finally needed to use them. They worked really well. I was sitting on the edge of my chair while I was getting a nibble, and my chair slipped out from under me. I didn't get hurt, but if anybody saw me, they probably got a good chuckle.



Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish... and feed yourself. He's a grown man, and fishing is not that hard.