Ice 2019-2020

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2019/12/22 17:20:21 (permalink)

Ice 2019-2020

Today was my first on hardwater, a few weeks late but not a dollar short.
-1 at arrival just at sun up.
11" solid ice. 14 traps set between 3 people, well below our legal limit of 7 each.
Chased flags all day. 13 pike iced, 5 kept over 20 flags tripped.
No wind was a blessing and we never sat in a shanty.
I have 3 more opportunities to walk on water before 2020 and I'm going to take full advantage.
Big lakes north are very close for Lakers.

Stay safe , on top and have a fantastic 20 weeks on ice.

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    BeenThereDoneThat.
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/22 19:36:11 (permalink)
    Good going to you and your gang HT. Congratulations. Great pictures.

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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/23 19:53:08 (permalink)
    Congrats- nice fish.
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/24 08:34:00 (permalink)
    Love seeing you got into them!
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/27 19:04:43 (permalink)
    My plan was to fish tomorrow, Sunday and new year's eve locally. It's now going to be a challenge to get on hardwater below the blue line ( adirondacks). For sure I can get on good ice up in them mountains.
    I know a few local places but might end up doing more driving than walking on waters.
    If all else fails, I got some wabbits to chase

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    hot tuna
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/28 16:52:10 (permalink)
    2 down, 2 more to go for 2019.
    5" local ice. Heading back there tomorrow

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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/29 09:51:49 (permalink)
    It's a start

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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/29 12:54:39 (permalink)
    Nice size pannies!
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    hot tuna
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/29 22:09:19 (permalink)
    So 3 out of 4 days in 2019 logged.
    Raining hard now, it's not to my liking.
    I don't know if today's lake access will survive until Tuesday. I may be heading to higher hills or just sit Tuesday out. I do know I'm fishing on 1/1/2020 though

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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/31 10:07:22 (permalink)
    hot tuna,just curious,What lake were you on that had 11" of ice ?  sam
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    hot tuna
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/31 20:18:03 (permalink)
    We were on Minerva lake in chestertown ny that had 11" .
    I've been on copake lake well south of adks this week on 5 "
    I'm heading to queechy lake tomorrow in berkshires with 5" still holding after the rains.
    The difference to me driving wise is 20 minutes or 2 hrs. I'm still good to go on the 20 min run right now
    post edited by hot tuna - 2019/12/31 20:20:08

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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2019/12/31 23:02:34 (permalink)
    hot tuna,Big difference from there to here in South Western Penna. where we are still fishing open water. Good luck.  sam
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2020/01/01 09:59:30 (permalink)
    Happy 2020 folks.
    Today turned out to be a complete bust. Was told the lake had 5" ice from someone that checked yesterday. Went to bed early last night, woke up early today. Get to lake at daybreak and it looked ugly. All grey.
    So we unloaded anyway and yes , right at shore there was about 4" ice. 10 feet out and the spud bar goes right through in 2 whacks. I'm crazy for fishing but not a fool to risk my life or put others in danger.
    Reloaded all my gear and headed back home as the morning is shot for any distance traveling to find good ice another hr out of the way.

    This weather pattern is terrible and not much better in the upcoming week.
    One thing for sure is I have to head NORTH..

    "whats that smell like fish oh baby" .. J. Kaukonen
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    BeenThereDoneThat.
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    Re: Ice 2019-2020 2020/01/01 10:05:15 (permalink)
    Happy New Year, HT.

    Better ice days are coming but please, keep the cold weather muup north.

    Good times and tight lines.

    Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a life time. ~Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919)~
     
     
     
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