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Ice Fishing at Henry's Lake

Posted On
Dec 18, 2015
Winter Recreation


One of the most popular ice-fishing spots in Southeast Idaho is about to close for the season.

Henry’s Lake, located approximately 90 minutes from Idaho Falls, closes for the season January 1, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

With only a few days left to take advantage of prime ice fishing, here are a few tips to ensure you have a fun and safe ice-fishing trip.

Check Ice Levels

According to Idaho Fish and Game, in order to remain safe, there must be at least 3 to 4 inches of solid ice to safely ice fish. If there is less than the specified amount, don’t risk it.

Prior to your trip, be sure to check the Idaho Ice Fishing Report. This report lists updates from fellow ice fisherman who have visited the different fishing spots around the state and what bait they used on successful trips.

The current report for Henry’s Lake states that the conditions for ice fishing are excellent and says the ice is 6 to 8 inches thick.

Wear proper clothing

Before heading out to Henry’s Lake, be sure you have the proper attire for each part of your body. Some articles of clothing that are essential to helping you weather the cold include:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Wool socks
  • Long Underwear
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt
  • High-quality, waterproof jacket
  • Coveralls
  • Good gloves
  • Hat/Ski Mask
  • Sunglasses

In addition to wearing these clothes, be sure to keep an extra pair of dry clothes in your car in case you get wet.

Bring the right gear

If you are going to go ice fishing, you need to make sure you have the right gear and tools. A list of required tools might include:

  • An auger (used to cut holes in the ice)
  • Ice fishing rod and reel
  • Bucket (to carry your supplies)
  • Lures and bait

Your Ice Fishing Trip At Henry’s Lake

Ice fishing in one of the top destinations in Southeast Idaho is sure to be the highlight of your winter, but only if you take the necessary precautions to remain safe.

If you are going to Henry’s Lake or have been ice fishing at Henry’s Lake, please comment below and tell us about your experience.

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