Ice Fishing Lake Henry

Thursday, February 27, 2014 , , 17 Comments



Well mother nature was finally kind enough to me to grace Kansas with enough consistency to be able to ice fish. All winter we have cycled between temperatures from the 50's* to sub zero, sometimes within the same  week. What that has meant is a thin layer of ice--too thin to ice fish, and just thick enough to prevent conventional fishing. I have been hoping for consistency one way or another just so I could have a little time out on the water. Two weeks ago my wish was granted. I was able to escape studying for a couple of hours and drilled a few holes at Lake Henry. Caught six Rainbow's: two on a Northland Puppet Minnow, and four on a small tungsten jig. All in all, not a bad way to spend an afternoon. That said, every day I am growing more eager for spring.   












17 Comments:

You've got that much ice in Kansas? Man, I'm near Bentonville and was wade fishing in shorts last week.

Atlas said...

We had 5 inches for a while. Down to about an inch at the moment. You have to be pretty careful here, I measure the depth (of the ice) often and try and always error on the safe side.

Those are some nice bows. I've got to get out and fish.

Atlas said...

Thanks Mark. Yeah not too bad for Kansas trout.

Absolute beautiful trout on what I would call the ultra ultra light combo. I know that had to be a blast landing those rainbow with that rod. Glad you were able to make a connection. Thanks for sharing

Juan said...

Yeah buddy! Way to get into those fish! i have yet to go ice fishing, got to add that to the fishing bucket list!Except for random rain storms like the one we are having right now, we have been in the low to mid 70's! it feels like spring out here! Glad you were able to get into some fish, brother!

FishnDave said...

What a difference a few hours drive can make. It only takes about 3 hours to drive from Des Moines, Iowa, to Kansas City, KS...
Even our lakes in the southern 1/3 of Iowa have been locked up good since mid-December. We currently have over 14" of ice on small and big bodies of water. Folks are still driving their trucks on the ice.
But, with March starting tomorrow, its wise to be careful...if we get some warm days, the ice will start to melt quickly. Those temperatures aren't in our 10-day forecast yet, though.
Nice trouts! :)

Atlas said...

Bill, Thank you for the comments and yes those ice rods are sure pretty light. Adds to the meaning of "bend in the rod" for sure. Thanks for stopping by.

Atlas said...

Juan, I would take your 70's in a heartbeat if you want to switch for a while. As an exchange I will loan you my ice equipment, deal??? Take care Brother and thanks for stopping by!

Atlas said...

Thanks Dave, yeah as you know I was planning on getting on the ice up in Iowa more this year. It just didn't pan out too well. And yes we are hitting 50 today and then back down to 10 for the rest of the week. The roller coaster continues. Here's hoping for springs arrival soon.

Haven't gone ice fishing in about the last (3) years. I do still enjoy it, but, the local ice has been fairly unstable this year in the lakes near home. Just enough to not do much of any fishing at all. Pretty Rainbows, my friend, and happy you shared with the rest of us.

Atlas said...

Thanks Mel, yes this has been a rare occasion for us as well. Only a few times since moving here have I been able to venture onto the ice.

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Very nice catches through the ice! Spring is just around the corner, man!

Atlas said...

I am with you man, I can't wait until Spring. Low of -3* here today. Completely over it.

So, you are in Kansas? M3y hubby's family is from there... I love your photography... most awesome!

Atlas said...

Thank you for the kind words, I am originally from Iowa but am here in Kansas for school. Looking to move to Utah to finish my Phd.