Fishing Time: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Weather: Sunny, light afternoon breeze, T-20s
Moon Phase: 2% Moon
Bait: Jig head tipped with chub minnows
Who Went: Hunt, Bobber, Alonzo, Me
As I was loading my ice gear the next morning, Bobber and his brother in-law Alonzo pulled up to my house. I was shocked when my long lost buddy, Hunt got out of Bobbers car. Apparently those two are Facebook friends and Bobber invited Hunt ice fishing to surprise me. Hunt was in town for Thanksgiving. That was a cool surprise. So we loaded all the gear and arrived at Scofield around 7:30. There was no snow on the ice and the ice looked very fresh.
The ice was so clear you could see a good 5 feet down and the shallows were swarming chubs. We used the spud bar and quickly speared a bunch for bait. They would get trapped between the shoreline and ice layer for easy pickens. I realized very quickly that the predatory fish were loving life gorging on all the chubs when I caught the smallest cutthroat of the day with a 7-inch decomposed chub minnow hanging out his mouth.
We set up shop and instantly began catching fish. Most were small cutthroat, but we did eventually land a few nice ones. Bobber marked another species off his list with this nice tiger trout.
The fishing stayed consistent most of the morning and while I was watching two fish swarm on my bait about 5 feet below the ice, a big cutthroat blew right through the smaller fish and smacked my bait and ran. It was a fun battle and I was able to get this nice 5 pound cutthroat onto the ice.
First ice at Scofield brought in two 5 pound and one 6 pound 10 oz cutthroats in two days. I think (for now) the Berry is dead to me. Scofield is the new trout paradise, and I love the fact that you can always hope for one of those monster tiger trout that people seem to keep pulling out of there recently.