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Old 12-09-2020, 06:57 PM   #1
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Ice season 20/21

Starting the annual thread for this seasons hardwater. Yesterday i drove around the Saranac lake area. Anything big like colby still open water with very little shoreline ice. Smaller bodies that are usually my go for first ice had maybe 2 inches. We have been spoiled with early ice over the last few years. Be safe and with the early ice season approaching please make sure you dont go alone and use the buddy system. Ill try to keep everyone posted.
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Old 12-09-2020, 09:54 PM   #2
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Starting the annual thread for this seasons hardwater. Yesterday i drove around the Saranac lake area. Anything big like colby still open water with very little shoreline ice. Smaller bodies that are usually my go for first ice had maybe 2 inches. We have been spoiled with early ice over the last few years. Be safe and with the early ice season approaching please make sure you dont go alone and use the buddy system. Ill try to keep everyone posted.
Thank you very much for the information! Looking forward to getting on the ice!
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Old 12-12-2020, 08:45 PM   #3
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anything big that started to make ice has lost all of it, the smaller ponds didnt gain anything and some lost ice. Still 2 inches or less on what has ice. This weeks cold may lock stuff up and allow some fishing on the smaller waters but that all depends if tomorrows rain wipes what they have out.
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Old 12-15-2020, 07:54 AM   #4
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Dont forget to Spud! Spud! Spud! So important, especially with a late start and first ice. I know everyone is eager but best to slow down and make sure you get back safely
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:04 PM   #5
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3-4 inches of ice on colby, everyone was along the shores so no reports or signs of anyone venturing to far from shore. anyone coming this way bring bait. Woods and waters sold out and wont get more until monday and blueline has some shiners left at $12 a dozen and if i had to guess will be out after this weekend.
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Old 12-22-2020, 06:24 PM   #6
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6-7 inches of clear ice on shallower small ponds. 3-5 on bigger bodies of water. Colby is allready being hammered it looks like it was sponsored by eskimo on sunday. Three of us went dark to dark managed one big 22 inch brown and a dozen perch. SUPER SLOW. Must have been over 100 ppl on it sat. Sunday about 50. looks like swiss cheese. Hope this warm up doesnt mess with it.
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Old 12-23-2020, 08:11 AM   #7
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Nice! Not much here in Schroon Lake - was a little skim ice forming but with the warm up, and the 2" of rain forecast, that will all be gone by Saturday and we'll have to start over.

I'm looking forward to it - this will be my first season ice fishing, and a neighbor, who just built a new shanty, offered to take me out on Schroon!
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:59 PM   #8
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winterwarlock, welcome to the world of hardwater fishing. Get good warm, dry boots and dress accordingly. Nothing can ruin a day on the ice better than cold feet after the first hour.
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Old 12-24-2020, 09:09 AM   #9
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Will be interesting how much damage this Banana Express blows through. I'd say ice is going to be perilous for a bit, especially in southern ADK
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Old 12-25-2020, 12:16 PM   #10
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winterwarlock, welcome to the world of hardwater fishing. Get good warm, dry boots and dress accordingly. Nothing can ruin a day on the ice better than cold feet after the first hour.
Thanks...good advice.

And my wife is actively encouraging me with a little help from Santa today!

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Old 12-27-2020, 03:23 PM   #11
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I started ice fishing about 12 years ago, thinking it would get me out of the house in the winter and be an inexpensive past time since I already had lots of fishing gear. It isn't cheap. You'll soon want a motorized auger of some sort, a fish finder, and probably a portable shanty, each of which will cost about $500 if you get them new. You don't have to have them and you can catch fish without them, but they increase your catch considerably, IMO. Then you may find that a 4 wheeler or snow machine will greatly enhance your mobility as well. BUT, its a great sport, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned much more about fishing via ice fishing. Hope you enjoy it. I'm now a snowbird so gave all my equipment to my grandson but I do miss ice fishing.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:16 PM   #12
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Mirror Lake Ice Breakthrough Video

This article was in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

https://www.adirondackdailyenterpris...ght-on-camera/

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https://bit.ly/3puJloj


I felt my "core" pucker when I watched the video.
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Old 12-29-2020, 02:23 PM   #13
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Old 12-29-2020, 06:18 PM   #14
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Not good. When he hesitated, he should have gone with his instincts and headed back to shore
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Old 12-30-2020, 08:38 AM   #15
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This article was in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

https://www.adirondackdailyenterpris...ght-on-camera/

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https://bit.ly/3puJloj


I felt my "core" pucker when I watched the video.
Very lucky, and like shallow there,.
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Last Sunday (12/27), we decided to go on a little hike in North Hudson. There's a trail which goes from the Sharpe's Bridge Campground to Ensign Pond Road, and passes by a couple of lakes. We got to the trailhead at the Ensign Pond Road end, and there were two pickups parked there. We hiked in about 2 miles and got to Round Pond. There was a big tent in the middle of the pond and saw a couple of guys (I think) walking around outside. I assume that was an ice fisher encampment. There was no evidence of motor vehicle use to get to the pond (and, being in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, not sure that any would be allowed); it is a pretty narrow trail.
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Old 01-01-2021, 08:07 AM   #17
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Why would you post this on this forum now? It's a little too late if it was illegal, the damage may be done if they were using minnows. Just go to the DEC site to find county regulations. It appears that particular Round Pond is a Brook Trout pond and ice fishing is prohibited. When in doubt just call the ECO/Forest Ranger as soon as possible and let them figure out what is going on.
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I thought that same thing, but according to DEC website on Hammond Pond Wild Forest it is not a brook trout pond and ice fishing is allowed.
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:52 AM   #19
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Per DEC site. "Round Pond contains northern pike, largemouth bass, yellow perch and sunfish. The pond may be accessed from the Round Pond Trailhead via the Round Pond Trail. Ice fishing is allowed on the pond."

As stated by adkfishing, I stand corrected. There is another Round Pond up Rt 73 about 10 miles.
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Old 01-03-2021, 06:37 PM   #20
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Went to jones this morning before work with the kiddo. She wanted to catch some fish. What a slush fest. 5+- inches with nasty sloppy deep snow. NO FUN. she managed one nice pike as we decided to pack it up early. All other spots i had nowhere to park my car. Parking areas blocked with a wall of snow as nothing is plowed out.
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