Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Lake Level:Water, water, water. As everyone knows its been raining since April.
Between that and all the snow melt, the lake was at record levels in mid-April, going over the top of the spillway a couple of feet. They let it down the best they could by the beginning of May but with the continued rain, the level found itself back to spillway elevation. So basically what that means is you’re going to find the water 3 feet higher than you’re used this time of year.
On a good note this makes it very good for boating. You can go just about anywhere on the lake and not have to pay much attention to the danger boueys.
All the marinas and restaurants have finally put their docks in. The i-go-inn got the rest of their docks in last week. Be aware at some of these places, like Lakeside, i-go-inn and Wallys, you may have some temporary extension docks or ramps to get you to shore because of high water. These temporary docks can be tricky to walk on so be careful. (But they’re a great test of sobriety.)
Unfortunately there’s not much island at Sand Island, the Trap Islands are under water except for a bit of brush, and the picnic area and some camp sites at North Hampton are under water. You can obviously make it through Stump Alley and Mosquito Bay with no problem with any size boat because there’s 9 feet of water. The other positive is you can go way up the bay beyond Lakeside, and also way up the Sacandaga river where it widens almost to the bride that crosses on Route 30. These are great spots to do a tie-up. Since there’s not many land spots so floatilla’s will be popular for the next few weeks.
Don’t forget band in the bay on June 29th at Driftwood, that will be a big floatilla! If it stops raining the lake should go down two feet by 4th of July.
Fishing:Fishing Bass has been biting good. The season just opened Saturday so you can keep them now.
Northern Pike have been biting moderate, with some reports of 40-inch plus fish being caught. (I had one in the store at 45-inches.)
Walleyes and Perch have been kinda slow, and there have been no reports of Trout.
Water Temperature:Water temperature Surface temperate is 64 degrees and 58 degrees at 20 feet.
Tip of the Week:Make sure your bilge pump works.
Friday, March 1, 2019
This lake report is a lot different. Why???
Because I did the whole thing in my pickup truck yesterday afternoon. I accessed the lake from Driftwood Park (aka Wally’s) on the marina side and then drove to the shanty near Scout Island and measured the ice there.
There’s 23” of solid, good ice. I measured the ice in one of Beaver Ross’ old fishing holes. (Judging by the quarter of ice I had to chip away, I missed him by about an hour.)
From there I went to Sport Island Pub and all the way back to Lakeside. Conditions are great for a pickup truck, and even better for snowmobiles and ATV’s.
I did not cross the heave at Sand Island or got to Captain Nauti’s or Ponderosa Pines. But going by reports and my knowledge, of the last two weeks on the lake, it is just as good on that side as it is on this side.
There are no new heaves to report. The lake is down about 6’ from its January high, so any variations in the ice that I found are caused by ice settling onto the land and island poking out.
There’s a perfect amount of snow for snowmobiles, but not enough to restrict any other form of transportation including vehicles. In my opinion, these are the best conditions we’ve had in 10 years!
Northern’s are coming on strong, we may see another record breaker in Fuel-N-Food’s Weekend Long Contest. Walleye and Perch have been steady throughout the season. Walleye’s haven’t been huge but the Perch I’ve seen have been monsters. Finally, a few trout have been caught, with the majority being browns.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Download and use the SEND IT – HDR III app on your phone this weekend. You can download it on Android here and on your iPhone here.
Friday, February 15, 2019
|Photo by Wendy Rue|
The conditions on the Lake are absolutely perfect as of 3 PM today! There is about 4" of fresh snow on the lake. This means you can use a snowmobile AND there is not enough to stop a side x side or a 4 x4.There is 18" - 21" of ice and NO SLUSH!
The only hazard at the moment is an ice ridge that runs from the Broadalbin Boat Club past Deer island to Sin Clair Point. It is about 5' in height in most areas. A few spots to get around it are to head towards Scout Island or a few spots in the middle between Lanzi's and Sand Island. Other than that the Lake is flat and the shorelines are great.
***NOTE: Conditions change daily this time of year ALWAYS USE CAUTIONThe water is up about 12' higher than normal for this time of year so you can fish pretty much anywhere!
Fishing Report:Big Northerns are biting this week
Walleye are plentiful, but small
Perch are not hitting to well
just a couple of trout
Tip of the week.Look out for shanties - they are everywhere this weekend!!!
Friday, February 8, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Lake Report as of Friday January 25th, 2019As mentioned last week, the Lake Conditions are Changing by the Day, the weather has been wild and they are still letting water out at the rate of 2 inches per day. This report is as of Friday Night, January 25th.
PLEASE USE CAUTION AND BE AWARE NEW RIDGES ARE FORMING OUT THERE DAILY.
|Photo by Larry Vrooman|
The Lake has changed dramatically since the last report. We have gone from flat and smooth conditions to a lot of snow that you can ride on.
There is 12" - 16" of ice out there.
On Top of that is about 8" of slush and water.
On top of that is about an inch of ice as it begins to re-freeze.
So, Amazingly it is pretty good riding out there.
That being said, there are a lot of pressure ridges.As of Friday Night:
- 3 Ridges between Lanzi's on the Lake and Wally's.
- 1 Ridge Going from Beacon Island toward Scout Island, it goes almost all the way to Broadalbin.
- 1 Ridge forming at the top of SinClair Point going towards Fishouse.
IT IS SAFER TO GO SLOW.
The Ice is Good, and you need to keep your wits about you to avoid pressure ridges.
Fishing:Walleye are hitting good still
Northerns are coming in at about 30"
Perch are quite large
There is no report on Trout at this time
Tip of the Week:Jack up your shanty!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Lake Report as of Sunday 1-13-19 8:00 p.m.
Sorry for the long delay in lake reports but up until now the lake has been unpredictable.
The Sacandaga froze early this year (right around Thanksgiving) and it looked like it was going to be a blockbuster winter. Then the rain came and the lake went up 5 feet since it froze and 10 feet up since my lake report on labor day, crazy year.
This caused 6 inches of good ice in the middle but open water or very thin ice around the edges.
Basically there was ice but you couldn't get to it. Which as you can imagine
caused a lot damage to docks.
Now that the cold weather is back that has all changed. The edges are froze with 7" of ice and there is 10" where it was already froze in all the spots where i checked.
By Sport Island Pub there is 12" and there was a pickup truck on the ice by Northampton campground. Its good clear black ice with just a little frozen snow on top.
There are 3 caution spots i found, one is from the point of Griffis road heading towards Scout Island back toward Lasky's marine. This is nothing new its thin or open there every year.
The second is close to Sinclair point on the northeast side its froze but thin, again nothing new same every year.
The third spot is new though. There is a spot on the northeast side of Beacon island aka: (Yacht Island) running towards Sand Island and Broadalbin that is open and it's the size of a couple football fields. This is in the area of the trap islands and, I believe, it's due to the high water. Luckily not much of the main traffic ever heads that way.
This morning though ice fisherman told me it finally froze last night.Use caution under the Batherleville bridge but ice is good all the way to Ponderosa pines. I never went further then there.
Captain Nautis is good, Sport Island, Wally's, Lakeside, and Lanzi's all good. In fact there isn't even a ridge yet in front of Lanzi's or any where else for that matter.
They are dropping the water now though 2" a day so conditions are going to change fast.
The water has only froze this high one other time in 1995 that i can remember so it's going to feel like a whole different lake to most people.
You can fish in bays and back waters that are usually dirt, and there are no rocks or islands sticking up where they normally are for snowmobiling. It's also perfect for getting your shanty out before it snows. Its flat ice with just enough snow for lube but not enough to slow you down.
If you want to see how fast your sled is now is the time, just use your head and check a mile or two ahead, then turn around and open it up....if that doesn't get you all wound up......SELL YOUR SLED.
Walleyes been biting best at first light and again between 4-5:30 in the afternoon, The big pike have slowed down, perch have been a few here and there, and no reports of trout.