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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