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Cody wanted to go ice fishing today since his vacation is over and school starts back up tomorrow, so I took him to Skaguay. They had stalked it in the fall ans since it doesnt recieve the pressure that Tarryall does I figured it would be a good lake to put him on some fish.
We got there around 9 am had the lake to ourselves for a couple hours and only 3 more ppl showed up until 2:30pm when we left. We caught 20+ rainbows all stocker (size) 8-13". I was trying to get my tip-up set up for some pike but between my pole and Cody I stayed to busy to ever get it into the water. We fished some clear ice just outside the inlet bay which around 2pm turned into a wind tunnel which is why we left. Used mainly Ratso's and Shrimpo's in white and glow in the dark but for about 15 mins I tied a green jig on Cody's pole and you could count to 10 secs and jig the pole and a fish would hit it. We missed a ton of strikes, I'd like to thank Arkangler for pointing out those strike indicators at 11 mile... I had an ultra light indicator on one pole and this produce the most fish as they were hitting it so light the medium action indicator wouldnt even move enough to tell the difference between wind gusts and bites.

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The first fish:


Cody's first fish (first ever ice fishing too)


Why do you need a sled when you have a kid? (note: he didnt make it very far 50 ft maybe :p )
 

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Ice was 15-20 inches thick, man I got to get a gas auger.
 

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sweet. I love that lake. I usually do best there at the inlet bay too. On the east side of that bay is a pretty good weed line. Ive caught most of my pike along that weed line. I have also noticed that there is a distinct drop (deep channel) where the creek comes in and usually the trout stack up there. My biggest trout out of there was actually caught at the boat ramp, around 18 inches and fat. I am toying with the notion to start and learn to ice fish, if i do, i think i would practice at skagway, great report.
 

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I dont know about ePic, but my usual pike in there is between 15-18 inches. I remember back this summer there was a post where a guy caught a pretty big one that was all tore up (boat prop?). It was pushing 40" if i remember correctly.
 

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I dont know about ePic, but my usual pike in there is between 15-18 inches. I remember back this summer there was a post where a guy caught a pretty big one that was all tore up (boat prop?). It was pushing 40" if i remember correctly.
Yeah someone caught a big one there this summer... I think they said 42" I couldnt find the report when I was looking for it but everyone I talk to says 15-18 inches is the norm and that they are stacked up in the inlet along that weedline Rome mentioned.... There are so many skinny stocker trout in this lake I image there has to be some big ones. I think I will fish it a couple more times this year, just in hopes.
 

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Epic- when are you going again? I have never ice fished before, but I'm getting very curious about it. I think starting at a small place like Skag would be perfect. What equipment do I need in order to have fun and catch fish?
 

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Epic- when are you going again? I have never ice fished before, but I'm getting very curious about it. I think starting at a small place like Skag would be perfect. What equipment do I need in order to have fun and catch fish?
Unfortunately I cant plan to take trips very often, I kind of get a chance to go and go... What you need? Ice rod with a light action strike indicator (cheap 2$ rod and a 2$ strike indicator work good enough) an auger to get threw the ice, a couple jigs (ratso, rat finkies, lazer jigs glow in the dark, pink, white, and green all work well), and a bucket to sit on. I like to tip the jigs with wax worms or little trout worms, but you can use nitro grease as well. Dress warm and you should have fun... let me know when you think you might get a chance to go, if I can take you I have extra rods that way you can see if you like it before you buy stuff.
Tomorrow I will be at Granby for the fishing get together, I work nights so some weekdays I can sneak away as well. Depending if I have to take pick the kid up from school or not. (did I mention I have a weird schedule) :p
 

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Excellent, thanks for the advice Epic. I don't know when I'm going to hit Skaguay, but I'll let you know. I think I'm going to Pueblo on Sunday. i'll post something if there's a bit.
 
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