Not too bad out on Oneida Lake yesterday, though you had to work for it with those who managed to get limits of walleye certainly putting their time in and fighting through a lot of shorts to get there. Really that was the story of the day, with the perch action reported as being a grind off Sylvan Beach especially. Both the south shore and north shore of Oneida Lake reported a couple of limits but those individuals spent some serious time out there. People caught fish, most of them short. Most are working the 12-20 FOW range but I am starting to see shanties creeping out deeper along the north and south shores.
Nothing came in from Big Bay yesterday, we are working a few sources over there to get some more information in. Ice conditions remain solid across Oneida Lake and we have not heard anything about any pressure cracks opening. If you see one, you can always Tweet it to us to get the word out quickly. Also it continues to get easier to access the lake along the north shore, no issues reported. Machines are moving along the south shore nicely too. Mike at Big Bay marina has made it very easy to get your machines out to access Big Bay if your heading that way.
The upcoming forecast is beginning to concern us now. The weather people continue to raise the expected highs and I’m now seeing predictions for Thursday and Friday near and above 50F, which by itself wouldn’t concern me too much with the great base we have. BUT, now the rains expected for Friday are predicted to be heavy and will arrive with enough wind to really eat into our base of ice. Run-off is also becoming a concern and a wintry mix for Saturday may cause travel concerns. A day of moderate temperatures with some wind will do a lot of melting and it looks increasingly likely we will see that on Friday in particular.
It is always difficult to predict a loss of ice, but we are going to certainly lose several inches of our base during this warm-up. That is the bad news, the good news is it will turn cold again on Sunday with a low approaching zero. I hope by this time next week, we look at this warm-up as a mere hiccup that gave us a nice smooth surface. We will monitor this closely, especially the run-off aspect.
We have something new and cool coming to the site on Thursday so keep checking in.
Congratulations to the college national champion UCF Knights, although last night’s “title” game wasn’t too bad either 🙂