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Friday, February 16, 2018

February 15th, 2018

(This is Lou’s Lake Report as of Thursday afternoon.)

Ice Report:

The ice is good.
The shoreline is good.
The snow has settled down a lot. This means that there’s plenty of snow for snowmobiles, but 4-wheelers and side x sides can still make it around out there.
There is still 21”-24” of ice and most of the heaves have settled down except for those that run from Hudson River to Sunset Bay. But this is a large one, so you can see it really good and it mainly runs along the shoreline.


With the warmer temperatures tonight, the snow conditions will change a little, but it’s supposed to cool down to noon Friday and get into the single digits friday night which should stiffen the snow up perfectly for all transportation types. The only downside will be it will be a very rough ride.

Photo by Paul Brady‎
via Great Sacandaga Lake Friends 


Has slowed down considerably in the last few weeks, right now were in a mid-February lul, but the walleyes have been biting better for this time of year although their sizes are a bit on the small side.
However, we will a definitely know after Saturday.
The bigger Northerns have seemed to stop biting a bit, but the Perch are still running huge and abundant.

Tip of the Week

This week there’s two.
  1.  If you’re debating on bringing your 4-wheeler or snowmobile to the Walleye Challenge, you can make it on either but a snowmobile will definitely get you to weigh stations easier and faster.
  2.  You do not need a fishing license this weekend, whether you’re from out of state or in state. It’s NY State free fishing weekend!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 9th, 2018

Ice Report:

21-24” and smooth
i rode the entire lake last Saturday before the snow storms. A lot of the heaves have flattened out since then – now that the ice has gone back down. The lake has become very smooth except for a couple of the big ridges which are visible over by Lanzi’s on the Lake and Sin Clair Point and another one back by Bunker Hill/ HRBR. Other than that the lake is very smooth.
we had 2 snow storms since and got a perfect amount of snow. With the last one riding was good. 4- wheelers and side x sides could still get through.
Now we have 1 1/2 feet of snow on the ice. It’s jond of like riding s jet-ski on a snowmobile. It’s a lot of fun actually! We haven’t been able to do this for about 3 years!
Now, 4wheelers and side x sides are not able to get through unless you plow or have tracks.
As I am giving this report we already have a couple of inches of new snow and visibility is about0 as it is coming down hard! It should settle out Nicky with a bit of sunshine
Tgere is no slush under the snow which makes riding great!


Walleye are running good and about 16-17”
They are hitting in the morning and after 4 in the afternoon, not much fitting the day.
Perch are really hitting well. Size is good.
Northerns Are running steady too. The fishing holes are awesome-above average.
Trout are coming a bit too.

Tip of the Week

Have a heated shield or else you are not going to be able to see where you are going.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2nd, 2018

Ice Report:

The lake level is back on its way down and the shorelines are tightening back up, and we finally got some snow on it.
This weekend, side X sides and 4-wheelers should have no problem getting on and off the ice. There is a general 21-inches of ice across the lake with just a little bit of snow that we received Thursday morning on the surface.
There’s two large heaves that run from in front of Lanzi’s on the Lake. One of them runs all the way to Paradise Point Road in Sunset Bay. The other runs down along the shore towards Big Franks (where it typically runs every year.) You can find ways over and around them, just take your time.North of Batchellerville Bridge, there’s about 16-inches of ice. The only issue is with all the moving of the water up and then back down, it’s created a lot of heaves. Some are up to 5-feet tall and very visible, while others are only 6-12 inches and hard to see. If you hit any of these in the wrong direction with speed, it will be like hitting a wall.
There’s a small new heave that formed Tuesday that runs from the point of Vanderburg Point Road towards Scout and then parallel to it by the rock pile that emerged in front of Wally’s bay. This is a new one, which is not typically there, you can easily cross – just watch your speed.
Another one that I’ve saw this week, was from Close’s Farm running out beyond Beacon Island. Again, it’s a small one and easily crossed as long as you’re not going to fast.
I’ve also heard reports of many small heaves on the way through the channel going towards Northampton. I haven’t personally seen these, so I don’t know much more than that.
There’s another one runs from Sinclair Point back to Fishhouse Road. Again this is a small one but it may grow as the level of the lake lowers.
The flattest ice that I have found is from north of Sinclair point to north beyond Batchellerville bridge.
The point to all this is there are many heaves that may form and disappear day to day, so if its been a few weeks since you rode a sled on it, it’s a whole different lake. Especially since they are going to lower the Sacandaga 3-feet over the next 3 weeks. As of now there’s enough snow to ride snowmobiles, but not enough to hinder wheeled vehicles either. There’s no problem getting to Lakeside, Wally’s, Lanzi’s, Sport Island Pub (just don’t go near the Northville bridge), Captain Nauti’s, Ponderosa Pines and Old Trail.


Walleye are still biting but they have slowed down toward the end of the week.
Northerns have actually picked up a little, but there size still runs small, with only a few above 40” being caught. Perch are running very big in the 12-14” range.
Few trout have been caught this last week.

Tip of the Week

Slow down. You have a way bigger chance getting hurt hitting something, than you do falling through. Please be especially careful at night.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14th, 2018

Ice Report:

There is 14 to 16 inches of ice across the entire lake from Northampton south to Scout Island.
From Sinclair point northeast past ponderosa pines there is 9 to 10 inches of ice, and getting to Ponderosa Pines and Captain Nauti’s is no problem.
Once you get past Turner Rd. the ice thickness drops off to about 6 inches, and I wouldn’t suggest going past that point unless you are a regular to that area of the lake, and also there is no reason to go beyond that. North of the Northville spill way to the Northville bridge is the trouble spot.
Not only on the Northville side of the channel. This is due to the amount of water coming down the Sacandaga River.
If you stay on the Northampton side of the channel, you are fine and you can still get to Sport Island Pub which has 14 inches of ice in front of it.
The ice is broken up all around Northville bridge and beyond for about 500 yards, but it’s on the Northville side as this is the river channel. With the below zero weather tonight and tommarrow the rivers and streams should Recede rapidly, and no further damage to the ice should occur.
With that being said use caution this weekend around any streams and inlets that flow into the lake. So this means if you are going to Lakeside stay to the right entering the bay.
You will actually be on dry land and not be affected by the Kenneyetto flowing in which may have weakened the ice. I found no open water anywhere in the middle, but it felt like it in a few spots because there is up to 6 inches of water on top of the ice, and a general inch or two of water across the entire surface of the ice.
This will be gone or frozen by tomorrow. I found one new ice ridge since last week in front of Lanzi’s and runs down the normal direction toward Mayfield. This one is there every year and is very visible during the day. Other then that there were cracks here and there but they were flat and easily crossed.In general….
You can still get anywhere on the lake, the only problem I foresee is there will be no lube for sleds once it refreezes I experienced a huge difference just from late morning until I got back home at night, so 4 wheelers and side×sides will be preferred transportation until we get more snow.
This will make the ice fisherman happy.


The fishing has picked up a bit later this past week, with walleyes and big perch being caught the most.
The northerns have slowed down and their sizes have dropped off.
No reports of trout.

Tip of the week…

Don’t forget your cleats

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8th, 2018

Lou's Lake Report

Sorry for the delay since the last lake report. I’ve been thawing pipes and I’m sure all of you have been doing that too. As you all know the last two weeks have been brutally cold, which has produced 12″ of perfect, solid, clear ice on the Sacandaga Lake.


-25 on Sunday in Northville!


Some areas are reporting up to 15″ but there is no less than 12″ of ice on the entire lake until you get north of flagpole point, which is a few miles from the dam. There’s a perfect amount of snow on the ice so you can use 4-wheelers and side by sides, but there’s still enough lubrication for snowmobiles.

Incredibly there’s not a lot of heaves. There’s one on the shore in front of Lanzi’s so be careful getting on and off the lake there.

Even stump alley is fairly flat due to all the snow drifting into the low spots. Conditions for riding may change a little this week due to warmer temperatures and more snow on the way. But the ice thickness and strength should not be affected.


Walleyes have been biting fairly decent in the afternoon, but the Northerns have been really biting above average and their size is above average for this time of year.

Tip of the Week:

Don’t leave beer in your sled overnight.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15th, 2017

Photo by Carla Kolbe

Lake Temperature:

As I give this report, it is 7 degrees in Mayfield, and with these temperatures we should make a couple inches of ice each day. Mayfield and Northville Lakes have been froze over for a week now. 

Ice Report:

Mayfield Lake has 4" of ice on it as of this morning. 

Sacandaga Lake looks like it froze over last night completely, but not quite sure about the middle. 

The bays of Sacandaga have been froze for 4-5 days now. But from Sinclair point all the way north past the Northville bridge has been frozen the longest. In front of sport island pub is about 3.5" of ice.  

Die-hard fishermen should be able to go out and fish in front of sport island pub and for the less brave, Mayfield and Northville lakes should be pretty safe this weekend. There's about 4-5" of snow across the area with no snow on the ice. The fishing should be excellent as it always is with first ice. 

Water Level:

Water levels are perfect for this time of year so we should have no radical ice movement barring any rainstorms. 

There's not much else to report until thicker ice but with looking at the extended forecast my prediction is we will be riding the sacandaga relatively safely in 2 weeks.  


For the old-schoolers, clean the carbs on your sled before you ride. For the rest of us, gotta love EFI.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August 22, 2018

Photo taken this week by Joanne Passero

Water Temperature:

is 78 Degrees at the surface
77 at 20 feet down

Lake Level:

Sorry for the 2 month delay in reporting, but there was not much change in July and the first part of August that was worth reporting. other than the water temperature actually reached 80 degrees at the end of July for 4 days!

The Lake level is EXACTLY where it is supposed to be for this time of year, which means...

Most of the Trap Islands are still under water
There is a descent amount of Island at Sand Island, but nowhere near as much as last year.

The SW end of Scout Island is at perfect level to pull up your boat right now (IF you have a permit)

I would only attempt to go through stump ally with a PONTOON. Even then ..... As there is only 2-3 feet of water.

BUT there are plenty of places to pull up in the sand IF you come in from the Northampton side.

The sand bar is starting to show pretty well at the Northampton Campground. That is a pretty descent spot to pull up.

Also all the Marinas still have plenty of water INCLUDING Lakeside and Wally's.

And remember Ponderosa Pines has courtesy docks and now so does Placid Pines, and there is plenty of calm water at both including Captain Nauti's. 

Start to pay special attention to the hazard and navigation buoys in the next couple weeks as new hazards begin to appear. But it is not as important as in past years as the water isn't as low.


Small Walleyes in abundance, but have slowed a bit this past week
Small-Mouth Bass are hitting Good
Decent sized Perch
Northerns have been spotty
Trout - the guys that know what they are doing have been doing well.

Tip of the Week:

Stay off Yacht Island without a permit!

Look Out Next week for our VIDEO lake report (Second EVER)

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