Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30th, 2013

Lake Temp is 32 degrees!

Ice Report: As of Friday there was a minimum of 7" of ice with some places reporting up to a foot of ice! Snowmobile riders were reported up by Captain Nauti's.

Fishing is good!
More ice Shanty's are appearing on the Lake daily! They are catching Perch and Walleye and Medium size pike 25-30"

Be careful of the shorelines when pulling the shanty's out onto the ice, but other than that you should be good!

By this weekend with the cold temperatures we should be up to a foot of ice in most places! 

Tip of the Week: Make sure to anchor down your shanty - or it may not be there when you go back!!

Have fun and be safe!

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6th, 2013

Water Temperature is: 32 Degrees

ALL the bays are now frozen and they have been fishing from the Northville Bridge to the spillway. We do not recommend that at this point as the warmer weather has made the ice a little unpredictable. We are expecting 3 inches of snow or so tonight, and a nice long cold spell. IF this is the case the entire lake should be frozen by NEXT weekend!

They have been fishing on Northville and Mayfield lakes which appear to have a good 4 inches of ice. They have been catching perch, walleye, crappie and sunfish.

Tip of the Week: BE SURE to ask an ice fisherman about the ice conditions BEFORE jumping on your sled and riding the lake. They KNOW the ice conditions!

Be careful out there folks!We are almost there but not quite!

Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

Get Ready for Ice Fishing!
( Photo from 2004 Walleye Challenge)

Everything is on Target for this time of year!

Water Temperature is around 32 degrees

Lake Level: 

The Lake is down about 6" from last week - and I as I said - if this pattern holds it will be at a perfect level for freezing!

The Bays are Freezing!!! 

From Wally's and north the bays are Freezing!! From the river all the way to Sport Island Pub there is Ice! Mayfield and Northville Lakes are frozen!

My prediction is that by the day after thanksgiving we MAY have 2-3 inches of ice!!! These areas MAY be fishable by next weekend! (We are not talking about the ENTIRE LAKE but these areas - just to be clear)

Tip of the week:

Make sure your blades are sharp on your Augers and check the line on your tip-ups!

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Photo by Ony Antonucci
Water Temperature is 36 degrees

The Lake Level has been going down slow and steady. A;; of the shallow bays are empty and people are riding ATV's across them and around the shoreline. All launches that I know of are high and dry. There may be some usable at the northern end of the lake, but I am not aware of any.

Andy Luey winterized hos boat last week which means 2013 boating season is officially over!

If the Lake continues this pattern it should freeze at a nice level this year but no one can predict THAT!

Northville Lake and Algonquin both had a nice skim coat of ice which means it won't be long now for the Sacandaga to freeze. 

Fishing: With the colder temperatures the browns have turned in and the Walleye have started to bite better.

Tip of the Week: Check your ice fishing gear and get your snowmobile ready!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24th, 2013

Photo by Aaron Kinsburg
Water Temperature: 51 Degrees

As I am writing this report this morning we are seeing some lake effect snow flurries!!!!

Lake Level: is holding! You can still access Mussels Harbor ( and Wally's - if you know what you are doing!) Also the deeper spots are still accessible up north ( Northville, Edinburg)

The only issue is that most places have pulled their docks! As of today, Lakeside Tavern, Captain Nauti's and Wally's still have docks in, but Sport Island and Lanzi's on the Lake have already pulled theirs. So if you are planning on traveling by boat, you may want to be sure there is a dock to go to!

Walleye - still biting but small
Northerns - 25"-30" in the shallows
Trout - steady
Perch - have dropped off
Crappie - have also dropped off

Tip of the Week:
New State law says that if you are traveling by boat you MUST wear a life jacket from November 1st - May 1st. So be sure to have a life jacket on after November 1st!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October 8, 2013

Northville Waterfront Park
Water Temperature is 62 Degrees - this warmer weather is keeping it steady!

Water Level: is only down about 6 inches from last week! SO if you stay in the channels you can enjoy a great holiday weekend of boating! 

STAY in the channels! No stump ally, watch the rock piles by Sunset bay and Sin Clair point. If you aren't sure - don't try it!

The Fall foliage is STILL gorgeous! Maybe just past peak but still beautiful. They are still blasting the piers up by the Bridge, so that may be something interesting to check out on the north end of the lake.

Most of the State Campgrounds are closed, and the private seasonal ones will be closing after this weekend, so GET OUT THERE and enjoy a great weekend!The weather promises to be great!


The Walleye are scattered and not in their normal spots.
Trout are hitting great NE of the town of Day boat launch
Perch are the same as walleye
Bass are hitting good.

Tip of the Week: The fall foliage is gorgeous - But we miss the bikinis!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013

Photo by Ony Antonucci 
Lake Temperature is 62 Degrees

Lake Level is great for this time of year!Most of the ramps are still in and accessible  Docks are still in at Lakeside Tavern and Marina, Captain Nautis, and Wally's. 

The Channel buoys are still in - but NOT all the danger buoys.
There is plenty of sand bars and beach for parking.

The lake has been calm and the weather is BEAUTIFUL! SO be sure to get out there - the leaves are as gorgeous as they are going to get at the north end of the lake - and you want to get a look at them before we get wind or a storm.

This may be the LAST good weekend of the season - so get out there and enjoy the calm lake, good weather and beautiful scenery!

Fishing: Reports say that the fishing has slowed down, but everyone is out bow hunting, so we have NOT received as many reports as usual.

Tip of the Week: It is Dark out there when the sun goes down! There is no moon out right now and most of the lights that are normally on in summer ore off! So if yo are going out at night, know where you are going and don't count on moonlight or house lights for navigation!!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September 20th, 3013

Photo by Lawrence Saupe ©2006
Water Temperature: 66 Degrees at the surface. 
This temperature is taken by Scout Island the surface temperature at the dam is usually 4-5 degrees warmer.

The Water Level is down about 8 inches from last week. This means there is still plenty of beach and you can still go most of the places you could last week.

If you do not know where they are supposed to be - don't risk it!

The channel markers are still there as of today.


With the cooler nights - the fish are biting! Perch, Walleye, Bass and Trout! The sizes aren't spectacular, but the numbers are!

The wetter areas of the lake are colorful. The rest of the lake of just starting to be yellow. The cooler nights are bringing the change on quickly and we expect the north end of the lake to be beautiful by next Friday or Saturday.

Tip of the Week:
It is easier to clean off the bottom of your boat right when you pull it out of the water - while it is still wet! Allowing it to dry off will add another 2 hours to the cleaning process!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photo by Amy Lanoue
The Water Temperature has dropped to 68 Degrees as the nights are getting colder

The Lake Level has dropped about a foot since our last report. There is still enough water to get around by boat but be sure to watch the channels and markers. There is allot of great beach! There is still NOT enough beach to ride the shoreline with 4 wheelers! It looks like a few were trying - Not Yet guys!

Make sure to get out there is you can! The water is calm,the weather is gorgeous, there is very little boating activity, and the leaves are starting to change in low lying areas - so the next couple of weeks are going to be beautiful!

Walleye are small ( 18" or so) but they are hitting great!
Trout are coming back with the colder weather

Tip of the Week:
Be sure to check your safety strap and hand winch when pulling your boat out of the water! If you don't your boat may NOT come out with the trailer!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29th, 2013

Water Temperature is 77 degrees

Lake Level: 763 which means you have a perfect mix of water and beach areas to go to! 

You can still boat through stump ally with a Pontoon Boat.

And you can still access deeper sections with most boats. 

The Trap Islands (by Scout) are now out enough so you can beach your boat and use them. 

And all other favorite areas are "high-and-dry".

As far as boating there is enough water - but DO pay attention to the buoys! 

As long as this this trend keeps up we will have great boating through the Sand Island Bash on the 7th!!! (we should only lose another foot of water by then) Sand Island has got the most beach it has had all year so far which will make for a great bash!!!!

Perch are running big
Walleye are starting to bite again
Big Northerns have been taken with Rapalas in shallow water!
Trout have been a little harder to come by, but there are more bait fish in the water than I can EVER remember

Tip of the Week: 

Please remember - most danger buoys are NOT lit - so do NOT run them over!!!!! They will leave a mark ( or stop your prop!!)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18th 2013

Water Temperature: 64 degrees

Lake Level: Is holding. It is 6-8" lower than last weekend. For all the rain we have had, it did not spill over the dam! Good Work guys!!

Boating: is safe, with the higher lake level you can pretty much go where you want to. There is not allot of island out there but there is some. The good news is that the islands are NOT eroding and the water isn't up on our lawns!!

Walleye are biting and are back into their summer patterns
Bass Season Opened up last weekend, but have slowed down a bit
Trout have slowed down somewhat as have the Northerns
Perch - both white and Yellow are biting and good sized!

Tip of the Week:
Make sure your battery is fully charged so your bilge pump can keep up with all this rain! If you don't you may not find your boat floating at the dock!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6th, 2013

Photo by Amy Lanoue
Water Temperature: 62 Degrees

Water Clarity: is the best it has been in years - so if you are a diver - take advantage. You can see 15' below the surface!

Water Level: is 3 feet below the spillway. This is actually a pretty good mix of beach and water. Navigation is pretty safe and there are a few spots to dock at Sand Island. Much of the Debris has cleared itself from the lake.

Hopefully we will not get the 5 inches of rain predicted for the weekend. If we do that will put us over the spillway. If you haven't been up to your docks it may be a good time to check on them and make sure they are secure - so they do not float away.

Fishing: Is slow at the moment. The Bass are biting the best BUT the season does not open until Father's Day weekend.

Tip of the Week: If you get a nice day - Play Hooky! And be sure to Visit all our great establishments on the Lake!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We Have Ice!!!

January 21st, 2013

Ice Report:

Photo by Ony Antonucci
As of last Saturday there was no less than 8" of ice - up to 11" in some spots. By now with this cold snap there should be another 2 inches or so.

Beware of the tipical week spots:

By Griffis Road and scout

Between the Rock Pile and
the Marina Side of Wally's
Sin Clair Point has some open water. Snowmobiles watch it! Four Wheelers stay AWAY from these 3 spots. USE YOUR HEAD!!!!



WALLEYE - are biting. They are not on fire, but not dead either

Perch - Good

Northern - OK (nothing crazy)

Trout -  are slowing down a bit

Bass -  are biting great - BUT you cannot keep them

Tip of the Week:
Tie your shanty down! Use a stick to hold it down (through the ice)
Make sure your wood stove is closed. BEFORE YOUR SHNATY FLIPS!!!