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Ice Fishing Trifishaton

Angler Alan VanKirk lands a cutthroat trout during the first leg of the Trifishaton.  Note the camouflage to avoid detection by fishes.  (Source of photo)

Angler Alan VanKirk lands a trout during the first leg of the Trifishaton. Note the camouflage used by VanKirk to avoid detection by fishes. The purpose of the pink ball cap?  Beel has no idea, but Beel likes it. (Photo source)

Building on the wildly popular Scofield Ice Fishing Tournament, this year bringing the 7th annual installation of that event, Utah State Parks has inaugurated an ice-fishing Trifishaton for trout in three state parks. 

The events are scheduled for Saturday 29 December 2012 at Scofield State Park, 19 January 2013 at Starvation State Park, and Saturday 9 February 2013.  The goal of each tournament is simply to capture the largest trout (rainbow trout only at Scofield).  Each event is limited to 200 anglers.  Fifty-three anglers have registered to fish in all three legs of the Trifishaton.

This year’s Scofield Ice Fishing Tournament was won by Gregory Young, with a 16.75 inch rainbow trout.  Judging by some of the photos posted (see below), Beel does not believe this is a catch-and-release event.  The lowest temperature recorded during the event was -42F.  That’s fishing weather, says Beel!

Rainbow trout, ready for release (into the freezer) (photo source)

Rainbow trout, ready for release (into the freezer) (photo source)

Beel used Google Trends to examine trends in internet search volume for ice fishing.  Please, let Beel present his results.

Trends in internet searches for "ice fishing"

Trends in internet searches for “ice fishing”

It is clear to Beel, that searches for ice fishing information are concentrated in the winter months- not much of a surprise.  It is unclear whether there is any longterm trend in search volume, however.  Equally unsurprising is the regional source of most searches:  Canada and northern United States. By comparison, there is little apparent interest in ice fishing in south Texas and Florida.  Funny, that.

Regional interest in "ice fishing"

Regional interest in “ice fishing”

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This entry was posted on December 30, 2012 by in Fishing and angling, Google Stuff and tagged , , , , .

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