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Hit high-elevation lakes for safe ice

Updated: December 18, 2006, 7:26 PM ET
By Ed Riser | Fishing and Hunting News

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HEBER CITY, Utah — Trying to predict the arrival of fishable ice on most reservoirs in the Rockies can be as sketchy as guessing college football bowl pairings.

Balmy weather, strafing winds and fluctuating water levels each inject uncertainty in the equation of when you can break out your ice auger, jigs and ice flies.

But a handful of big lakes in the region offer consistent early ice, generally growing a safe cap by Christmas. ...

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