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Fishable ice update 12/19/18

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Fishable ice update 12/19/18
NOTE: I've started a NEW fishable ice list as this thread was, despite regular updates, getting rather old. Please use that one after 12/19/18.


WARNING: With the warmer weather there has been some deterioration of the ice around the shores of a few lakes. You may need to use a plank or something to cross the gap where the ice has receded. I don't want to start removing lakes from the fishable list if I can avoid it. However, if you know of unsafe conditions developing anywhere, please let me know. Let's keep it fun and safe out there.

DISCLAIMER: I am gathering information about ice conditions from a few different sources but mainly from reports posted here on Big Fish Tackle. This is intended mainly to let everyone know about safe places to ice fish. I don't post anything about the quality of the fishing, species targeted or caught, bait or methods used, etc. Please search out the individual reports if you are looking for that information. And remember that my digest here is only as accurate as the reports I gather. No one should venture out onto any ice without checking it carefully. We would rather hear FROM you than ABOUT you! Smile

The following waters have been reported having thick-enough ice now (12/19/18):

High Uintas lakes
Boulder Mountain lakes
Tony Grove
Huntington (Mammoth)
Cleveland
Scofield
Mill Hollow
Smith and Morehouse
Firehole on Flaming Gorge
Little Creek Reservoir
Woodruff Reservoir
Echo
Mantua
Birch Creek Reservoir
Otter Creek
Big Sand Wash
Matt Warner
Sheep Creek Lake
Mill Meadow
Forsyth

Feel free to post any additions or corrections here. Or you can PM me.

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(This post was edited by catchinon on Dec 20, 2018, 7:06 AM)
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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/7/18 In reply to
Okay, now two people have broken through the ice at Mantua and had to be rescued. Maybe we all need to back off and wait for the ice to really get thick enough to support us safely. Just saying.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/7/18 In reply to
Echo has less than 2" of ice. That is not safe to go on. Please be careful and patient.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/7/18 In reply to
Little Creek Reservoir is good to go.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/7/18 In reply to
Please remember that ice conditions can DETERIORATE , too, especially as we have warmer trends as we are experiencing now. Be very careful.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/7/18 In reply to
Lost Dog/Confluence at Flaming Gorge has ice forming but is not fishable yet.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/13/18 In reply to
A number of area lakes are beginning to form ice but the lakes listed above appear to be the only ones that are ready to be fished safely. We have heard rumors about this lake or that, but if you go be entirely prepared to walk away if you don't find 4" of hard ice. Scofield is a safe bet and we can wait a little while for others to come on. Have fun out there and be safe.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/14/18 In reply to
Woodruff Reservoir was fished successfully today, 12/14/18.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/14/18 In reply to
Birch Creek has 8" of ice.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/14/18 In reply to
Mantua was reported to have 4" of ice today, Friday 12/14/18. Be careful, however, as the lake has a number of springs which keep the ice thin in spots.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/14/18 In reply to
There are reports that Soldier Creek arm of Strawberry has six inches of ice and people are fishing it.
Huntington has fairly thick ice in three different layers. Snowmobiles are being ridden on it.
Scofield has 9" of ice by one report.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/14/18 In reply to
Starvation has a very small area that has been fished already, but it is not generally safe at this time. Much of the lake is still open.

Newton was fished today but only 2 3/4" to 4" of ice were reported. That is too thin to generally be fished safely.

Both of these waters are "wait and see" spots.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/15/18 In reply to
Echo has 3 1/2" to 6" of good ice and is being hit hard by anglers, but Rockport has rather thin ice at this time: not safe.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/15/18 In reply to
Otter Creek has 4" of ice.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/16/18 In reply to
Strawberry is reported to be capped with some areas still open. Some people are starting to fish it but no ice thicknesses have been reported. I won't put it on the list till I hear of 4" thicknesses. If you know, let me know.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/16/18 In reply to
Part of Currant Creek is icecapped and some anglers are fishing through 4" of ice.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/16/18 In reply to
Big Sand Wash has 10" of ice but there is a gap between the shore and the ice caused by the filling of the reservoir. Take a plank or something to bridge the gap.

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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/17/18 In reply to
Any information about Electric Lake? Ice thickness and accessibility?

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Re: [klam] Fishable ice update 12/17/18 In reply to
I haven't heard a word. But since other lakes around it are frozen, it might be worthwhile to go check it out and if it's not frozen yet, fish one of the others such as Scofield. If you go, let us know.

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Re: [klam] Fishable ice update 12/17/18 In reply to
A guy ice fished Electric Thanksgiving weekend on the far north end. I think he said 4-5 inches but you could see from his pics the open water wasn't too far away.
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Re: [BULLOCK9] Fishable ice update 12/17/18 In reply to
Thanks for the info. I think I will hold off saying it's ready until we get firmer reports but it sounds like it's on the cusp.

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Re: [BULLOCK9] Fishable ice update 12/17/18 In reply to
The open water you can see is the bubble up from the water they pump into the res. from the mine. You will need a snow machine to get f the lake though. Road is completely snowed in.
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Re: [catchinon] Fishable ice update 12/19/18 In reply to
If you have come here to check on safe ice conditions please go to the "NEW fishable ice list" for the most up-to-date information. Consider this thread dead.

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