Some crazy people (including my husband, son and one of my daughters) love ice fishing. The ice doesn’t have to be as thick as you would think. Having said that, according to wikiHow “there is no such thing as safe ice”. They do go on to recommend that the ice be at least 4 inches thick before walking on it. There are places on the east and north of Pineview that have rivers flowing into the lake. These do not freeze and should be avoided. Having said that, I have seen people ice fishing about 30 feet from where the ice meets the open water. I think that is just plain scary. Personally, I wait until I see the little pop-up huts littering the lake before I venture out. “Go where the people already are” is my motto.
Once you decide the ice is “safe” it doesn’t take much to get started ice fishing and most any of the sporting goods stores in Ogden will have the necessary gear. Most important, of course, would be an auger and a fishing pole. The little huts, chairs, warmers, and stuff just make you more comfortable (although I have yet to see that ice fishing could be comfortable). If you are bringing along the kiddos maybe pack a sled and some ice skates (you can rent skates in Huntsville for $2 at Texas Barbecue during their regular hours).
Luckily, we have two lakes for your ice fishing pleasure. You can either fish on the Pineview Reservoir or Causey Reservoir. Pineview is easy to find as it takes up most of the Valley. To get to Causey follow highway 39 then stay right when you get up the canyon to Red Cliff Ranch. It is pretty obvious when you have arrived. My husband has been know to take a bit of rope with him so he can send the kids out to “check the ice” (that was a joke but you may want the rope). Causey is worth the few extra miles for the seclusion and scenic surroundings.
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