Ice Fishing Report
At long last we have ice! Many weeks have gone by and with the warm weather so far this winter myself, along with many others, were wondering if ice would ever form. Following the changing of the calendar from 2015 to 2016 we were finally rewarded with some bitter cold temperatures that put us on the track to ice fishing fast. Monday and Tuesday night especially saw temps dip into the -10 portion of the thermometer in the Adirondacks. Seeing that reports indicated ice forming on pretty much all bodies of water in the Adirondacks we decided to get out and find someplace to fish.
We drove to a small lake and found good solid ice ranging from 4-6 inches thick across the body of water. Being early in the ice season and not wanting to press our luck we had on life jackets and brought rope with us in case someone were to go through. I can not stress enough how important it is to be safe on early ice! Always wear a life jacket, don't go out alone, and use that spud bar every 5 feet or so to make sure that you aren't walking onto a weaker portion of the ice. In general most people don't like to go out on less than 4 inches and 6 inches is best for larger groups.
The fishing action was red hot in the morning and died off to nothing as we got into the afternoon. Pike was our quarry and we were able to catch 4 we had some bad luck and 3 came off but it was a good day and above all it was nice to get out and see some flags fly! This coming week will be pretty cold and that should bring us good ice all throughout the Adirondacks just in time for the MLK holiday weekend. Stay tuned to the blog for more ice fishing reports and be sure to stay safe out there!