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How far into winter do you tube fish?
I usually fish Strawberry until about the middle of Nov. and Mantua or Tibble until the end.

Where do you guys fish and how late into the freezing weather?
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Re: [OldTroller] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
I have fished the snake river a couple times in December. I am thinking about taking my Heavy Cruiser AKA Steelheader into a sturgeon hole this weekend if the wind cooperates. It will be a little more comfortable than a tube. Ron
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Re: [OldTroller] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
We are thinking Sunday, how about you? Maybe a different spot?



(This post was edited by flygoddess on Nov 13, 2012, 5:43 PM)
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Re: [flygoddess] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
I am thinking Sunday as well. Here are the spots I am considering:

Mantua,

Ninemile,

Deercreek,

Vernon,

Salem Ponds.

What are your other spot ideas?
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Re: [OldTroller] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
CoolThere are few years when I do not manage to launch my tube at least once in every month of the year. I fish right up until I can no longer break out through the shore ice. And I have enjoyed some of my best fishing during these pre-ice-up trips...as well as early ice-out trips.

Deer Creek takes a long time to freeze most years so it is often the last spot I fish in December and maybe the first spot I fish in January. Starvation is also a late icer but it is a longer drive and gets a lot colder before actually icing up.

I usually try to get in a trip or two to Huntington (Mammoth) before Thanksgiving. And it usually freezes about the middle of November most years. I didn't make it up there this year.

Pineview is another deeper lake that takes longer to freeze up and I have fished it into December some years. Again, I have been planning to hit it this fall but between upsy-downsy weather and the call of other spots I have not made it yet. Maybe next week.

When the water temps drop down below 40 degrees it can be a challenge to dress for the occasion. If you get cold feet you are done. So wear wool and don't let your feet get constricted by waders or fins that are too tight.

Cold temps also take a toll on batteries and sonars. You need to insulate the batteries and display units if possible. And it is a good idea to leave on the back light on the screen to help keep the innards warmer.

I catch the warm water species clear up until iceup. And trout like the colder water so no problem. The main problem is wimpy fishermen. But I confess to becoming a bit more hesitant about going fishing just for the sake of going fishing...if it is brutally cold. And if there is going to be any wind along with the cold...forget it. I fish for enjoyment...not endurance.
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Re: [OldTroller] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
Still Strawberry, but maybe Soldier Creek or Renegade.
Possibly Deer Creek, but we have to watch our time there as we can't bring our dog.



(This post was edited by flygoddess on Nov 14, 2012, 6:57 AM)
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Re: [TubeDude] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
TubeDude wrote:
CoolThere are few years when I do not manage to launch my tube at least once in every month of the year. I fish right up until I can no longer break out through the shore ice. And I have enjoyed some of my best fishing during these pre-ice-up trips...as well as early ice-out trips.

I remember several of your pictures where you were catching catfish and there was sheet ice in the back ground. Cool Ron
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Re: [idahoron] How far into winter do you tube fish? In reply to
CoolAnd that ain't no sheet.

Here's some pics I posted after a mid-February trip on Willard Bay in 2009. The state park area was closed to vehicle traffic and I had to use my tube cart to haul my gear in about a quarter mile to the (frozen over) launch ramp. But I launched from a snow bank and fished some early open water. Got probably 25 to 30 cats that day...keeping a nice limit of cookie cutters.

READY TO ROLL.jpg (296 KB)
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I DIDN'T PAY.jpg (374 KB)
I QUALIFY.jpg (228 KB)
RAMP - NO AUGER, NO PLANK.jpg (228 KB)
MY LAUNCH RAMP.jpg (272 KB)
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TODAY'S BIGGEST.jpg (167 KB)
LOTSA OPEN WATER.jpg (174 KB)
FINE FINISH.jpg (260 KB)
COOL CATS FOR HOT OIL.jpg (288 KB)
TUBE SLEDDIN BACK.jpg (181 KB)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN.jpg (246 KB)
WHAT A WORKOUT.jpg (224 KB)