End of the Ice Season?

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2019/02/10 12:18:58 (permalink)

End of the Ice Season?

I don't care for the prognostications of groundhogs. 
 
I was at Maurer's this past weekend (after a morning of rabbit hunting due to the sketchy ice situation) and heard gossip of people fishing Wilhelm this past week (true or not, I could not tell).  Seeing the 10 day forecast with highs mostly above freezing and lows in the 20s, I feel must ask if in anyone's experience is that enough to build/strengthen ice?  Or is it time to clean and pack up my ice gear for the year...
 
I would love to hear anyone's thoughts, feelings, speculations, etc...
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    mr.crappie
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/10 12:25:22 (permalink)
    Last week I sold the last of my ice gear,one reason was the shortening of the safe ice season in my part of the state.In the so. west part of Pa. we almost always have some open water by the end of Feb.  sam
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/10 23:41:57 (permalink)
    Ponds are already free of ice my way. Really anymore only get mid-January to the first week of February of good safe ice anymore in SWPA with the exception of Highpoint, but that can be a chitty drive at times.

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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 11:01:32 (permalink)
    Coast Guard and Fire Dep. were out on Horseshoe Pond (PI Bay) this weekend doing ice rescue drills. Ice looked decent. You'll probably be able to get on there (and maybe Misery) again this season. Bull Dam (Eaton Res.) should be doable, too. It's shallow, and locks up quick with nights in the 20s. Have fished it as late as St. Pat's Day a few years!
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 11:13:00 (permalink)
    My thoughts- If the water is a small impoundment, I wouldn't chance it unless as Mountain Man stated, it was High Point. Big waters like Erie or Pyme are other options. Wilhelm, maybe.  In any event, one has to consider local weather patterns and the size of the waterway. Local knowledge, bait shops & anglers, is indispensable. The other option of course, if you don't mind packing all of your gear, taking a drive and drilling a few exploratory holes.
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 13:30:59 (permalink)
    North End of Conneaut lake was 4 inches or so yesterday with some decent access near the boat launch. 
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 17:30:43 (permalink)
    Nobody on Wilhelm this Sat. drove across on I-79 north around 1pm. nobody around and the ice looked real dark and bad...... actually looked like open water in the wider cuts .
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 19:14:40 (permalink)
    I think sadly the fat lady is starting to sing !
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/11 23:25:28 (permalink)
    I'll just bet yinz is saying the ice soured,  just to make me feel better cause I left the area for a few months this season.   Yinz is probably icing piles of bull gills and slab crappie as well as eyes and jumbo perch too..... huh?  It's OK yinz can post pictures, I can take it.
     
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/17 18:38:16 (permalink)
    BeenThereDoneThat.
    I'll just bet yinz is saying the ice soured,  just to make me feel better cause I left the area for a few months this season.   Yinz is probably icing piles of bull gills and slab crappie as well as eyes and jumbo perch too..... huh?  It's OK yinz can post pictures, I can take it.
     
    I gotta git.   Just put on my new thong and the surf's up!!!   (shhhh, it's a pet name)




    where u at?  Bahamas?

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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/17 22:28:25 (permalink)
    Official bonafide "Snowbird". Visiting the shores along the Gulf for a few months.

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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/22 07:06:51 (permalink)
    I thought I should mention that there was still 6" of ice on Arthur last night where i was.  I did not realize it had safe ice this whole time.  Shame.  Lots of guys were out and people were catching nice fish on chubs and shiners...  I'm not sure what the condition would be on the ice this weekend.  PM me if you want to know where I was.  
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/22 10:02:45 (permalink)
    That kind of sucks...  I was hoping Arthur would be cleared by early March.  Not sure if the long term forecast (that changes every day) is cold enough to keep safe ice, but doesn't look warm enough to thaw it quickly.  6" will likely take a while to melt, with highs in 50s and lows in 20s.  Be safe out there.  I'd imagine those highs in the 50s will be enough to cause some weak spots.
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/22 10:19:55 (permalink)
    Pork, 
     
    The guys I spoke with on the ice yesterday told me at noon there was 7" and when they left at about 4PM it was just under 6".  That could have been the soft top layer melting though...
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/24 13:21:51 (permalink)
    Lake Erie is starting to get a little spotty. We've still got 4-6 inches of ice out on Misery Bay but it's definitely recommended that you bring your spud bar and have a life preserver on whether it be a PFD or some sort of floating jacket/bibs. Stay safe out there!
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/24 14:50:23 (permalink)
    Nice to see advice and comments by the Admin.

    Thanks.

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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/25 10:54:38 (permalink)
    After the storm that moved through Erie last night, it is expected that most of the ice is just about gone. The high winds are still keeping anglers off the ice so we haven't received a decent report yet but that wind had to have broken up most of the ice.
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/25 13:45:11 (permalink)
    Crazy wind...Last Tuesday I was on Mizz and the 10"-11" perch where biting...... I guess ice is done....almost time for the perch rodeo in the boat. 
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/27 10:05:48 (permalink)
    I guess a guy went through on Mosquito yesterday. They got him out. Dont ever want to see that happen to anyone. Please use caution or just wait a couple more weeks for open water to start.
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    Re: End of the Ice Season? 2019/02/27 11:05:45 (permalink)
    Good to hear the guy got pulled out. Iceholers need to hear these stories. Make the guys think and hopefully stop them, from going out on bad ice.

    Local channels were showing videos of the ice blowing off of Lake Erie.

    That was some kinda crazy, in my book.

    Iceberg Tsunami ........

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