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Photo by Joel L. Evans

A gang of ice fishermen congregate at Crawford Reservoir south of Hotchkiss. Unlike warm-weather fishing, many ice anglers find spots to catch fish close together.

A clear road to ice fishing

Though travel may be sketchy, cold-weather anglers have plenty of fun

To a driver on a winter road, a sheet of ice is not only undesirable, it is dangerous. In extreme cases, the road becomes impassable. Or to another extreme, in some northern climates — as evidenced by a television show — truckers use temporarily frozen waterways to their advantage to make deliveries.
Ice fishing is sort of like that television show. Lakes that freeze over in the winter become the highway, providing access to the lake with no need for lanes or turn signals.


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