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North Idaho Ice
« on: Dec 26, 2007, 09:02 AM »
Fished Round Lake yesterday.  5" of good ice.  Caught 5 trout 12 - 14" and a dozen perch.    No one fishing Cocolalla yet.  Its frozen over but not quite safe.   They are fishing upper Twin and Lower Twin.  Lower Twin has pretty skimpy ice.  Ill wait a bit to try that one.   

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #1 on: Dec 28, 2007, 03:37 PM »
I drive past Cocalla every day and have yet to see anyone on it yet.  I drove out to Hauser yesterday and people have been on it but there wasnt anyone there yesterday.  Kelso had a couple ofguys on it a week or so ago and they said the ice was about 2 1/2 in. thick.  Not enough for me.  I hear upper twin has about 5 on it.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #2 on: Dec 28, 2007, 03:38 PM »
oh and the little area next to the long bridge had some dude out on it this morning.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2008, 01:45 PM »
Fished Lower Twin New Years Day morning.   5" of ice and the fishing was slow.  Blue backs were running about 10".  Couldn't get a perch to bite.   Upper Twin has 6" of good ice and they are catching small perch.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2008, 05:33 PM »
I fished Kelso on Monday with no bites.  There is plenty of good ice there. 8 maybe 10 inches.  Last friday there where a few people on Coccalala. And again this morning.  So there must be enough ice there. 

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #5 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:48 AM »
Fished Round lake yesterday and caught 5 trout and 12 nice perch.  Pretty slow but steady.  One trout was 17".   Stopped by and talked to a guy fishing on Cocolalla and there was 5 to 6 inches of ice but fishing was slow.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #6 on: Jan 06, 2008, 10:50 AM »
Anyone know if there's safe ice in any of the bays of Priest Lake? I was thinking about slaughtering some lakers next weekend, but I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone from up there.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #7 on: Jan 18, 2008, 07:47 AM »
There is 8 to 10" of ice on Cocolalla and Round lake now.   Fished Cocolalla yesterday and caught a 14" Brown a smaller Brooky and a bunch of Perch.  I culled the perch to 8" and bigger and took 35  home with me.  Fished Round lake the day befor and caught a  limit of Rainbows, but it was slow fishing.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #8 on: Jan 18, 2008, 12:17 PM »
Hey If your fishing Cocalla and and you hook a fish with an ugly stick ice rod attached to it , I would like to have it back.  it got sucked down the hole last weekend.   :o

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #9 on: Jan 19, 2008, 07:55 AM »
Ill keep an eye out for your rod.   Me and a buddy fished Cocolalla again yesterday and really slammed the perch.  We kept over 80 with nothing under 8" and the bigger ones going 9"+ .   We thru back more then we kept. 

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #10 on: Jan 23, 2008, 05:38 PM »
Does anyone have any luck fishing for Crappies or Chanel cats in North Idaho?   Hauser has some real nice ones and I hear so does Cocallala , and Fernan but you never hear of anyone ice fishing for them.  Where do they all go in the winter?

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #11 on: Jan 23, 2008, 08:16 PM »
I caught a small 2 pound Channel Cat last year on Hauser thru the ice just jigging on the bottom for perch.  I saw another guy do the same the year befor.   I don't think anyone intentionally targerts cats around here in the winter.  Cocolalla, Jewel, Fernan and Hauser all have Channel Cats.  I fished Cocolalla today and caught a nice mess of perch.  The ice is about a foot thick now.........

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #12 on: Jan 26, 2008, 03:37 PM »
Fished the Condo's today near the long bridge in Sand Point.   Slow fishing but ended up with about 30 perch.  6 of them went 10 inches.   

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #13 on: Jan 27, 2008, 01:35 AM »
fished Hauser today, for 2 hours around lunch time, zero fish although they were on the sonar. good 10 inches of ice.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #14 on: Jan 27, 2008, 08:42 AM »
I heard Fernan is pretty slow too.   Cocolalla seems to be the best action for  7-9" perch and a few trout.  The Condo's look like the best place to pick up some perch just a little bigger.   Some of the 10 inchers I got yesterday went 3/4 of a pound.  That last ince of two makes a lot of difference.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #15 on: Jan 30, 2008, 05:15 PM »
How much of ice is there by the bridge? and how deep is the water?  How far out do you go?  And have you caught my rod at cocalalla yet ?

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #16 on: Jan 31, 2008, 02:57 PM »
I agree the condos produce bigger than cocolala, buddy and I brought home 100 in an afternoon, threw quite a few back. Water depth is about 4-6' and ice is foot+ I reckon. Fished Priest Lake yesterday and got two Macks 20". Went to Hill's resort and entered there, 6" of good solid ice there. Going back Sat to find some more.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #17 on: Feb 01, 2008, 09:28 AM »
I haven't caught that rod yet.  Actually haven't been on the ice since the big snows.  Drove around and checked out the lakes tho...   The day I went (tues) the access to park anywhere near the condos was tough.  There was about 18" of snow on the ice.  Tough slogging.  Thought Id give the younger guys time to break trail.  Might get out there tomorrow.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #18 on: Feb 02, 2008, 11:21 PM »
Hey guys any of you head out this weekend? Went up to Cocollala Saterday absolutly slaughtered the perch and two nice bows, none of the perch had any size to em'. However it was nice to get into some fish after the major drought of bites in hayden, avondale, and fernan. You keep talkin about the "condos" where is that I'm guessing its on Pend Oreille? Where do you acess them from?

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #19 on: Feb 03, 2008, 09:05 AM »
Castmaster... How big were your perch running?    I have hit Cocolalla a couple of times this year and came home with lots of 8 to 9" perch.   Probably culled out the smaller ones 1 for every 2 caught.   If your into perch smaller then that move.  Seems I caught the best perch in 25 to 30' of water.......  How was the snow on top?  Tough to get around in?   Ill be hitting the lakes pretty good this week.

 

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