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