When the wind and snow finally broke, it left the last few days clear and cold, which was a sight better than the 60 mph gusts and 2-3 feet of snow we had received over the previous 2 weeks. I saw hard-core anglers chase down broken and battered ice huts that they probably should not have attempted to erect in the first place. Others drove into places unaware of conditions, then worked to dig out and chain up their stuck vehicles. But despite these hardships, most still went home with a decent attitude having caught fish. Not all the fish were sizeable, but action and numbers made a good compromise. Lake John has approximately 10 inches of ice with other sagebrush lakes following suit. The first of the ATVís and snow machines hit the hard water this weekend with no problems that I am aware of. Due to the previous snow and wind, access in some places should be avoided. The road into Lake John from the north, (Cowdrey) is closed for the winter. A good friend tried to make it to the boat ramp on North Delaney on Saturday and got high centered, which tells you that all secondary roads around the Delaneyís are probably nasty. I didnít get any reports from the Dís this past week, but I heard that Cowdrey Lake did quite well for one of my customers who caught several decent fish, and saw a few bigger ones. Lake John put out big numbers of smallish trout from 8-12 inches, however everyone I talked to had a story or picture to share of at least a few of the bigger fish. A couple were 20 inches plus. Stay tuned, Bill.
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