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Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th, 2017

Water Temperature:

is below 32 as the lake is frozen

Ice Report:

The Lake is frozen and it looks good because of all the snow that has just fallen - BUT STAY OFF THE LAKE.
The water has come up about 8' and the snow is covering up all the bad spots where there is only an inch or so of ice.

The snow is labor intensive for your machine. Best case scenario is you blow a belt, worst case you will blow your engine. If this happens and you are in a bad spot, your machine will definitely go in the lake, but even in a safer spot, no one is going to want to be out there to help you!

The good news is that they are grooming the trails. Mayfield Lake is good and they are crossing Caroga and Canada Lakes.

Fishing:

Closed March 15th, and it is difficult to give an accurate report as no one was really out there the last couple of weeks due to the conditions.
BUT they were biting really good at the end of February.

Tip of the Week:

We were given a gift this last week so get your skis and your snowshoes back out! Enjoy this last little bit of Winter. Ride your sled!

I am predicting 3 weeks before the ice is out!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Walleye Challenge Cancelled

As good as winter started out a month ago, I never thought we would have had to worry about making a decision on weather we would have the contest or not.
It's with great disappointment that I am writing this email canceling the walleye challenge. Especially since we have 10 to 12 inches of ice which is plenty thick enough.
The problem isn't the thickness of the ice this year, it is its instability. The water froze good and early this year, but the water level was very low, and with the recent thaw and rain, it raised the water level. This in turn shifted and fractured the ice, which caused ridges and splits to form all across the ice. In a lot of areas where we have never seen them form before. We found a lot of ice breaks to be running parallel to each other 50 to 100 feet apart which I have personally never seen before.
The trouble is these areas are impassable by 4 wheeler or side by side's (which some people have found out the hard way) recently. Snowmobiles do have the ability to skip across them, but about 90% of ice fisherman don't use snowmobile's they use 4 wheelers or side by sides. So essentially these fractures in the ice have quarantined fisherman to different areas of the lake.
But because of the nature of the walleye challenge and so many people coming from out of the area not familiar with our lake. You have to be able to go from one side of the lake to the other and from any end of the lake to any weigh station as soon you catch a fish. In my opinion you can not safely do this at this time especially with above freezing weather and more rain in the forecast this week.
These areas are only going to become worse and not refreeze in the upcoming week this is why we have decided to cancel the walleye challenge.
With that being said, this spring we will be discussing moving the date a couple weeks later to maybe insure better ice since we have had to cancel 2 years in a row and I do not want to again.
Everything will be given away by random draw at Lanzi's on the Lake starting at noon on January 28th.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monday December 19th

This Report is as of 4PM Monday and the ice levels are all drilled reports. We are building ice now so there is probably a couple more inches than is reported.


Water Temperature:

is below 32(since its frozen)


ICE REPORT:

It is frozen all the way up to flagpole point. It is frozen, so even the deep end of the lake has ice on it. We've got a great start to the season this year and we will be riding sleds for Christmas - and definitely for New Years Week.

I was out there Saturday Riding and crossed over the Bays. The whole lake froze over on Friday morning, so its already been filled for a week straight, and with the cold weather it builds about an inch a day. There is snow on the edges and its beautiful so we are going to be set up nice.

7" of ice in the Bays from Beacon Island back to the spillway

7 1/2" of ice from Scout Island back to Lakeside and through those bays

IN front of Sport Island Pub there is 7 1/2" 

The Main part of the Lake there is 4-5" of Ice
There has only been one report of somebody that road to sand island and back and the drill hole had about 4 1/2"

There was 5" coming down by Beacon on this side

The snow didn't hurt the ice at all. There was snow on it for Saturday, and it was rain on Sunday which turned it into water and it all refroze. And with the sub zero weather we have been having we are only building ice.

There is probably a couple more inches than the drill reports measured on Monday.


Fishing:


Northerns: are biting really well in the shallow water
Walleye: are average. They are not crazy like they usually are early ice, but we'll see what happens this weekend. It should be perfect conditions. Fishing should be perfect for perch and Walleye as far as that goes.


Tip of the Week:

Bring Your Creepers and have studs on your snowmobile

Friday, September 2, 2016

September 1st, 2016


Water Temperature:

is 78 Degrees - Closer to 80 Degrees by the Dam


Water Level:

We are down only about 6 inches since the last Lake report and are at our Historical Average for this time of year.

The Trap Islands - we have the nose on shore and are sitting in about 6 feet of water.

Walley's -  has about 6 feet of water at the launch. Just stay to the private dock side and away from the courtesy docks.

Lakeside - is the same situation stay in the channel and you should be fine.

Scout Island - has about 12 feet of water in the channel o n the Mayfield side. Atay left, portside. The other side has about 20 feet of water.

Sand Island  - has plenty pf beach and plenty of water - just be careful if you are coming in through the back side. Stay out towards Broadalbin by the point.

Stump Ally - Obviously stay out of there right now.

If you are nervous about the water level, just stay North of Sinclair Point. There is plenty of water all the way to the dam ( about 30-40 feet)

The rest of the lake has plenty of water - Just Pay Attention. It is better for people who know where they are going.


Fishing:

had been coming a little hard right now, but is picking up with the cooler weather.


Tip of the Week:

Make sure to trim your motor up before you take it out of the water!

And look at it this way, if you rip up your lower unit ..... It's the end of the Season - and you have ALL WINTER to fix it!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25th, 2016

Water Temperature:

76 Degrees (by Scout Island)

Water Level:

is a little more than a foot lower than the last lake report.

Pretty much all the "GOTCHA'S" are visible at this point. But pay attention to your navigation buoys!!! 

There is still 8 feet of water in the channel between Scout and Griffis Road.

All other channels within the green and red buoys have 20 feet plus.
Just keep in mind (when going to restaurants and marinas) that the courtesy docks closest to the shore may not have that much water underneath them.

All of Lakeside's courtesy docks still have plenty of water at this point (MAKE SURE YOU USE THE CHANNEL MARKERS GOING INTO THE BAY). I-Go, Captain Nauti's, Lanzi's & Sport Island have a ton of water. Nothing to worry about with getting in and out of their docks.
At Wally's use the left side courtesy docks. The right side MAY have only 2 feet of water right now. (WHEN ENTERING WALLY"S BAY STAY CLOSER TO HOG ISLAND AND GO STRAIGHT IN. DON'T TURN TOWARDS THE DOCKS UNTIL YOU ARE PAST THE COURTESY DOCK.)In other words stay in the middle left of the bay while approaching. Too far to the right and you WILL be in the dirt!

There will be plenty of beach for the Ring-of-Fire, so that should be GREAT this year! Hold your horses that is NEXT WEEK!

Keep in mind, the lake may seem low - BUT - it is at its historical AVERAGE for this time of year!!! Big Round of Applause for HRBRRD for keeping the level up as high as they did during a drought situation (remember winter?)!!!

Fishing:

Has picked up quite a bit!
Walleye & Rainbow have picked up a lot
Browns should start picking up soon
Bass and Perch are steady
Northerns ..... well we will see them later


Tip of the Week:

Don't jump in the water with a check in your pocket. They just don't hold up as well as cash when wet!


Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12th, 2016

Photo by Arthur Centerbar

Water Temperature:

81 Degrees about a half mile off shore of sand Island
(so just about the middle of the lake)


Water Level:

We are down about a foot from the last Lake Report. Although no one wants rain on a Sunday that rainfall kept the water level from dropping too much last week.

What Does This Mean? 
Pay attention out there!

Stump Ally has only about q foot of water right now, so don't go through there! BUT if you approach from the Northville side there is 6-8 feet of water to pull up and enjoy the sand bars there.

Sand Island is much bigger now so there is a much bigger beach to hang out on and it doesn't feel as crowded.

The Trouble Spots: are now mostly sticking out of the water, so you can see them now.

Overall - don't be scared, there is plenty of water. We are lower at this point in time than we have been in the last 5 years.

If you are nervous, try something different. Go to St. Clair Point up to the dam and use that end of the Lake. There is an average of 40 feet of water up there and there are 14 miles of water between the point and the Dam.

**** Note - the Dam Tie up that was to be this weekend has been RESCHEDULED for Next Weekend.


Fishing:

Walleye: picking up
Perch : picking up
Northerns: have slowed down (as they always do this time of year)
Trout: consistent
Bass: Some rally Big Small Mouth Bass have been coming out of the lake. Mostly on Yona Senco WOrms. The trick seems to be in hooking the worm properly (and that is all I am going to say about that!)

Tip of the Week:

Don't bring soup on the boat! 
(Especially in a styrofoam container!!!!)

Get out and enjoy the time we have left! Only a couple weekends til the Ring-of-Fire



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27th, 2016

Sorry it has been so long since the last lake report, but I have been on the river! SO today Nancy and I rode all over the lake to get you an accurate Lake Report!

Water Temperature:

80.5 Degrees at the Surface at Lakeside Tavern
(last week it was 82 degrees!)

79.5 Degrees at Northampton

72 Degrees at 25 feet down!!

Water Level:

is down 2 feet since the last report.
This means there is still plenty of water for boating, but there is a great mix of beach and water right now.

A great tie off spot that I don't often mention is just west of the launch in Northampton.  It is right of the launch to the north and west and has about 300 yards of beautiful sand.

The Sand Bar at Northampton is now about 2 feet out of the water and extends almost to the Mead Islands.

Stump All has 8feet to 9 feet of water on the Northampton side. The Mayfield side only has 2-3 feet of water.
V bottom boats should stay away from there unless you have intimate knowledge of the ally. But Pontoon boats are good to go through there.

The Trap Island are out of the water about 1-2 feet by Scout Island. If you approach on the Broadalbin side, the water is 20 feet deep or better. Enjoy the beach up there!

There is an Island just off Proper road (past wally's heading toward the new dock and to the right). This is a great spot.

Pirates Cove is another great spot. The south end has a good sandy area.

SO there is plenty of water to boat anywhere you want! PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DANGER MARKERS! Most of the Hazardous areas are now exposed, but you DO need to pay attention.

Fishing:

Walleye is average (15"-17")
Perch is average
Trout is average
Northerns are dropping off. Just small ones in the shallows
There have been no reports of anything over 35 inches in the last two weeks.

Tip of the Week:

Tip your favorite waitress or bartender! They are working hard and the season is short!!!