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Coldest Start To Winter In 114 Years

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“Coldest Start To Winter In 114 Years” is what the Syracuse newspaper is reporting this morning…  well good we are saying, as we enjoy great ice fishing conditions on Oneida Lake.

With much more reasonable conditions this morning there is all sorts of activity across Oneida Lake, proving you can’t keep an ice fisherman down for long.  Still single digit temperatures through lunch time but the wind conditions are much improved along with visibility across the lake.  We reach our high today of 18F right at midnight with temperatures rising steadily through the remainder of the day and overnight.  Road conditions to and from the lake are back under control.

Temperatures rise through the week with it staying above the freezing mark Wednesday and Thursday before it cools back down for next weekend.  Looking at the 15-day forecast, we are not seeing any of the bitter cold of the last week.  We are at the start of one of the greatest two week stretches of ice fishing on Oneida Lake in recent years and we are not anticipating much of an adverse impact to the ice from this brief warming.  Some potential rain that we will keep our eyes on for run off concerns though mid-week.

Lewis Point is reporting 12″ of ice, spikes and small jigs over in Big Bay are producing in 6-8 FOW, jigging raps with buckeyes along the north shore and into Edgewater and Sylvan Beach are producing some walleye action in a range between 12-20 FOW–still getting reports of a lot of shorts.  Also getting decent reports of steady perch action off the beach at times.  Still advisable to take it slow with machines especially as you approach the north shore.  I’ve gotten reports from 10-16″ of ice thickness along the north shore this morning.  Crickets coming from the south shore, but I expect to hear more as the day progresses.

Shot out to former SU great Dennis “Sweet D” DuVal, who went on to do great things and FINALLY had his jersey retired at the basketball game yesterday.  During his four year run at Syracuse, the team only lost one home game at Manley Field House.  This year’s team is going to need to start defending its barn like that if they expect to dance come March.

For the first time this century, you will have to choose between ice fishing and football today Buffalo fans…



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