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Rich King, an avid ice fisherman and owner of Auto Parts of Craig, keeps a handful of go to lures on hand anytime he treks out for a few hours on the ice including, from top, a green Gem-N-Eye jig, a red Frostee Spoon, and a copper KastMaster. Because fish tend to bite softly during the winter months no outfit is complete without a strike indicator, shown at bottom.

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Local experts talk ice fishing in the Yampa Valley

There’s no shortage of wintertime activities for residents lucky enough to call northwest Colorado home. There’s world class downhill skiing a mere 40 miles to the east, snowmobiling right here in Craig, and endless opportunities to break out the snowshoes for a cold weather hike. But for Yampa Valley’s hard core anglers nothing says winter like taking a trip out to a frozen lake, drilling a few holes and plopping down on a plastic bucket for a few hours of ice fishing.


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