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Today was the first day I was able to get on the ice this year. I have been trying to get out but it seems like there has been something going on every nice weekend.  The weekends nothing was going on the weather was so cold I didn’t want to leave the house.  I don’t mind ice fishing when its zero or less outside as long as I am already on fish. I don’t want to be scouting in that weather.

Today I had to sign my son up for baseball at 11 so I figured I would get out for the afternoon.  I stopped by the tackle shop for a couple new jigs and some bait. The lady behind the counter told me good luck I hear they got a foot of snow up that way.   This was not encouraging but I was going ice fishing so off I went.

I pulled into the parking lot at the Elm’s golf course where I planned to walk out from. However, when I got there I realized I couldn’t even see the ice from the parking lot. The wind was ripping and blowing snow all over.  After a few minutes of contemplating braving it I decided to go check Green Point. I pulled there and it was better but still not very good so it was off the Lake View.  I arrived at Lake View at the same time as a couple other guys that were heading out and there was once shanty out there already.  Again the wind was ripping but I had made up my mind I was going to give it a try. I unloaded the 2 man shanty from the truck bed and filled it with gear. I have a single man as well but the plan is to fish with my oldest son and wife tomorrow so I figured I would just deal with dragging it so I was ready for tomorrow.  This tuned out to be a mistake.

As I drug the shanty to the ice I realized I never put my ice cleats in the truck. The ice was snow covered so I didn’t think it was going to be too bad.  As I started out onto the ice I realized I was wrong. The ice was smooth as silk underneath 3 to 4 inches of snow making dragging the shanty very difficult. With no other choice, well besides going home, I pressed on.  I tried multiple techniques to move myself and the shanty with out falling.  No of which worked all that well. The third time I fell I decided that was where I was going to fish.  I cut two holes and set up the shanty.

Anyone who has set up a shanty in high winds by themselves know what kind of shit show that quickly turns into.  After a brief fight I was inside somewhat out of the wind. I cleaned out the hole and dropped in the Vexilar. I saw I was in six feet of water and there were fish down there.  It took a couple tries to figure out what they wanted but then I had my first blue gill hooked. It was a decent one around 8 inches. I say around because it fell off the hook and managed to land right back in the 6 inch hole which it more than covered before it flipped and swam away.  I wasn’t happy about that but hey at least there were fish there and they were what I wanted.  The next few minutes when well as I landed a few nice gills and placed them in my bucket.

Then a gust of wind came up that almost flipped the shanty. I fought to keep it held down as a few things fell off the seat next to me. Luckily not landing in the other hole I had cut that I was now realizing would not be used.  As it settled down I moved my seat position further back as to keep more weight on the back of the sled. I caught a couple more gills all keeper except one. The wind was blowing snow under the sides of the shanty but I was on fish and that was all that mattered. Then it happened, a wind gust so hard it flipped the shanty up on it’s side with me in it. I struggled and managed to hold it from flying away on me. As I got it back onto its bottom I realized it was time to pack up the shanty.  Why didn’t I bring that single man shanty again?

After It was packed up I decided I would fish with out it as long as I could. This was interesting as the snow was being blow into the hole and the Vexilar screen.  I lasted about 15 minutes landing a couple more gills and losing a really nice one that got caught on the transducer.  If I was using a heavier jig I could have lasted longer but the snow in the hole and ice on the line got to be too much of a pain.  When it was all over I had 11 gills in the bucket. Considering this was a complete shit show that only lasted about an hour or so I didn’t think that was too bad. I am hoping for lighter winds tomorrow.

 

 

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I was told the bite was slow on Onieda and yesterday proved it. I fished out of Taft Bay with Andy Hilton. We got bait at Apps and headed out about 2.5 miles from the Taft Bay park.

The morning started slow with lots of lookers and a couple lite bites that we missed. Around 10 a.m. Andy hit a good perch. Shortly after I dropped down a Jigging Rapala and an 18 inch walleye wacked it. I caught one more short one and then dropped 2 at the hole. Andy dumped 2 at the hole and landed one about 16 inches along with another perch about 14 inches.  He also landed a big small mouth bass probably going 3 pounds.

We talked to 5 or 6 other guys that all had worse days than us. The fish are there but they are picky. It was very cold so we didn’t move deciding just to keep trying to get the fish we were on to hit. If you are headed on to Onieda there is plenty of ice (16+ inches) but the bite is slow for now.

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The weather is about to turn a lot colder which will be good for making ice the next few days. I am guessing Lake View will be fishable right after Christmas. Parts of Sandy Pond might also be locked up good if we don’t get much wind. Sackets harbor and Henderson harbor may also have good ice by then.

The Salmon River has dropped to 750 cfs which is my personal favorite level to fish it at. The cold weather coming up with make fishing tough but it will also cut down on the pressure. I would fish beads or sacs under a float. I wouldn’t rush to the river if it is going to be cold. Sleep in a bit or stop for breakfast. Let the temperature warm up a bit first.

I drove over Grindstone Creek today and it was roaring as I suspect all the small streams in Oswego County are. The water will drop over the next couple days and if we get a day that warms up a bit the fishing should be good on any of them.  Getting on them before they ice up again will be key.

Good Luck

 

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There was safe ice today on Sackets Harbor inside the marina. The pike bite was good. I am thinking it might be fishable tomorrow but after that it will be no good until it gets cold again.

The pike and panfish bite on Lake View has been ok but again tomorrow will be the last day I would venture out on it until it gets cold again.

Rollaway Bay on Black Lake had a very good Crappie bite and had 6 inches of ice. It might stay good through the weekend but I would make a phone call or two before making the drive.

As you can see this warm weather is going to put a damper on our early ice. Hopefully Christmas week will lock everything back up for us and we will be back out there.

Take advantage of warm weather and hit the rivers for Steelhead or Brown Trout. That is what I will be doing tomorrow morning. The trout bite has been hot in Oswego and on the Salmon River.

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If you are looking for safe ice you may need to travel a bit. They are fishing Black Lake on Mile Arm and Rollaway bay but reports have not been good. Closer they are fishing Lake View for Sunfish and Pike. Lake of the isles and Eel bay have 3 to 6 inches of ice. I also read reports of people on Big Bay and on other parts of Onieda Lake but the ice is NOT safe.

If you are looking for good truly safe ice you are going to have to wait another week or so.   I will be out checking Sandy Pond on a regular basis starting this weekend and will post as soon as it is good.

Don’t forget to check out Salmon River Sports Shop for bait and tackle.

 

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Fished this morning on Big Bay (Onieda Lake). There was a minor set back as the power steering was not working on my truck so I had to call Mike and get a ride with him instead of meeting him there. We got there a bit late but set up and quickly realized that no one was catching anything. After fishing for about 2 hours with only one bite and no fish on the ice we decided to head north to Sixtown Pond in Henderson.

After stopping to pick up Amanda and more bait we drove up to Sixtown. There were a few people out fishing and saw a nice pike brought on the ice as soon as we go there. It was a nice relief after not seeing a fish on Big Bay. I cut the holes as Amanda and Dustin cleaned them out. As soon as Amanda started jigging she started getting bites. We thought we had it made.

Unfortunately the bite slowed right away. We managed 9 keeper sunfish and threw back around 10 perch and 3 sunnies. Only one tip-up went off that actually had a fish on it. I tried to set the hook and lost it right away.  There were some nice people that gave us 2 pike as they were packing up. I came home and cut them up with the 9 sunnies. Can’t wait for fish dinner tomorrow.

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