Heres a shout out to my fishing buddy who confirmed my old saying that if you wait until the weather is perfect, you never go. He and another guy braved the cold weather and hit the Salmon River near Riggins. They dodged ice flows, and they both hooked steelhead and landed one.
Considering Ive been skunked there more than once when it was sunny and 70 degrees, it shows that cold weather doesnt stop people from catching fish.
My activities have been more oriented toward duck hunting and bowl games, but thats going to change soon.
I am really looking forward to getting on the ice, and Lake Cascade is looking like the hot spot this winter (just dont take that literally). The ice is in great shape and anglers are getting out there in droves. Theyre catching perch, and some big trout. If you havent tried ice fishing, you should. Its a lot of fun, and its low cost. You can buy an ice fishing rod/reel combo for about $15, and Tackle Toms in Cascade will rent you a hand auger for $7 a day. Get a slush spoon and a five-gallon bucket to sit on and youre ready.
Then look where people are congregating on the ice. Dont crowd your fellow anglers, but dont be shy about joining them. Its a pretty social activity, and theres lots of room for every one.
Ive always been impressed by how cordial ice anglers are, and theyre typically willing to help out a newby, especially if theres a kid along.
For your first trip, keep your expectations modest and hope to be surprised. Chances are good you will be.