With the warm temperatures yesterday and today, I saw plenty of people fishing without shanties on Oneida Lake. High today approaching 50F with light winds. A nice day to be out there and it looks like the rain is going to start overnight and run through the fishing day on Friday. Another warm day on Friday with the rain steady through the day before the cold front comes through later in the day. Over a 24 hour period, from Friday to Saturday, we are going to lose 40 degrees of this warmth as the cold front moves through the area. Solid cold air through the weekend before it turns seasonable for next week.
Fishing continues to be a grind, hearing those taking limits of walleye are putting their time in and grabbing some perch along the way. Cleveland and Jewel were tough bites yesterday with lots of shorts and a decent perch here and there. I heard of one limit there and a few from Lewis Point and Williams Beach ranging from 20-30 FOW. Seeing plenty of slush spots developing but none have reported any issues with the drag. For those coming from out of the area, Saturday and Sunday look like a go. If I had to pick between the two based on weather, Sunday’s wind looks much more favorable.
Rob from Bartel Road Bait & Tackle once again grabbed his 15 minutes when WIXT stopped by his shop to report on the early ice conditions.