A Few More Perch

This weekend has provided another great round of perch fishing.  I have spent a lot of this winter focusing on learning how to be a better perch fisherman through the ice.  One of the key things I have learned is how important your location is.  If you aren’t getting into any fish in the first 5-10 minutes, there probably aren’t any perch where you are fishing.  This is not always the case and a camera or flasher makes it much easier to determine if you are fishing in the right spot.  With that said, I decided to hit another one of my favorite lakes for perch the past couple of days.  It took me a couple of hours to find the fish but as soon as I did the fishing was pretty fast.  Last night I kept four and through the rest back.  They were averaging 11″ and up.

Since the fishing was so great last night I decided to go back again early this morning.  As soon as I dropped my line down I started getting into the fish.  I ended up landing a dozen or so perch and a nice trout.  Around 10:15 or so the fishing started to slow down and I packed up and headed out with another four that I decided to keep.  I’ll be back again Monday and I am hoping I can catch some over the 13″ mark.

Another Great Day On The Ice

Yesterday I decided to hit one of my favorite lakes to catch a few perch.  I arrived around 12:30 and started my search.  When I first put my camera down I immediately started seeing perch but they were all pretty small (2″-3″).  After not getting any nicer ones to come in I decided I try another spot that has produced well for me before.  I popped  a few more holes but there weren’t any fish to be found.  I continued moving until I finally got into a couple perch after two hours of not even a bite.  I thought I had found the school but after landing a couple little guys (6″-7″) and no more bites I decided to move again.  This move paid off and I started catching fish immediately.  The first couple were only 6″-7″ but the third  was a nice fat fish pushing 11″.  I decided to do a little “Ice Trolling” so I could keep up with the moving school and punched a dozen holes every 10-15 feet.  Over the next 3 hours I ended up with over 35, and a dozen or so that I would consider keepers.  Average size was around 6″ but I caught fish everywhere from 2″ to 11″.  One of the coolest parts of the day was watching a monster perch come in and completely swallow a smaller one.  The fish was at least a foot but he didn’t even look at my jig.  What started out as a slow day of fishing ended up one of the best days I’ve had all year!

 

Winter Thus Far…

It’s been a long time since I have gotten around to updating my fishing blog so the last couple of posts were more pictures than anything.  This winter has provided a lot of great ice fishing.  I have been able to ice fish over a dozen different lakes and reservoirs this winter and have a few more new places I plan to hit.  One of my favorite places I’ve fished this winter was Henry’s Lake. It was by far one of the most memorable ice fishing trips I’ve ever had.  I was able to land over 40 fish, all averaging 18″+.  It is hard to find a fishery like that anywhere.  I have also tried a lot of new places this year like American Falls Reservoir and Island Park Reservoir.  American Falls was plentiful with perch but nothing over 6″.  Island Park was a lot of fun and I had bites consistently all day long.  When the larger bodies of water are slow there is always Roberts Gravel Pond and the Rexburg Nature Ponds. Both places have steady action all day long any time of the day.

I’ve also been able to get out and throw some flies on the South Fork of the Snake.  The river is flowing a lot higher this winter and it has made for a little bit tougher fishing but if you put your time in it can be rewarding.  I’m hopeful that the ice will stick around for another month or two and that I can have a few more days of good winter fishing.