All sorts of interesting weather news. The rain on Oneida Lake was not as heavy as originally feared though we are still seeing a massive runoff from it last night coupled with the continued warm temperatures. As the cold front comes through later today, we are looking at an approximately 60-degree drop in temperature over a 24 hour period. Travel tonight and into Saturday will be a concern with Sunday shaping up as an easier day to get to Oneida Lake. Warning: conditions over the next two to three days will be very tricky, please use caution (spud), have a backup plan, and bring a means of communication. Just yesterday we had someone go in, pressure cracks are not to be taken lightly.
Shorts continued yesterday, and with my trusted old-timers standing down today (clue alert: and no plans for tomorrow), I’ve got no sources out on the lake right now. Today is the least amount of ice fisherman I’ve seen on Oneida Lake all week. We know from experience that the areas around the creeks are a major concern. Right now this cold front is bringing between 10-15″ of snow now, not much of a freezing window exists before it begins to snow. I am expecting wheelers to be a no go starting tomorrow, hope you have a sled.
We urge caution over the next few days, with the recent runoff and heavy snow forecast, conditions will be at their most challenging point so far this year. That spud you didn’t think you needed anymore this year, bring it and use it. Really stressing caution today because I’ve seen such a cavalier attitude toward this warmup and its effect on the ice earlier in the week. The base of ice is holding fairly well, but heaves, cracks, and runoff represent significant dangers. Heavy snowfall and wind not helping the situation.
We will be posting a quick video very late tonight, so check for that tomorrow.