A high of 35F today with light winds. We will get a light dusting of snow today and the temperature will drop to the mid-20s overnight. A high of 39F for Friday with a falling barometer and we will get about a half inch of rain tomorrow with the heavier precipitation around mid-day. Saturday looks fairly clear and the rain will return again on Sunday. The extended forecast looks favorable with many nights staying well below freezing.
We do have a lot of drain holes around the lake, some rather large so stay alert out there. There is less water sitting on the surface of the ice than expected and the shores have held up nicely though it is important to avoid the areas around the streams. Ice conditions are generally good, but it is time to exercise more caution as the hazards begin to increase. We are seeing both wheelers and sleds accessing the lake and the drag is reasonable on foot.
Some decent perch reports came in from the east shore, not as a great as last week but still steady action. The north shore is a bit slower with many folks coming in closer to shore or opting to move around a bit more. Very nice panfish being taken from Big Bay. Lewis Point has been hit or miss the past few days, mostly miss with a lot of shorts reported. Fewer and fewer people out on the ice during the week, but we do expect a busy ice fishing weekend here on Oneida Lake.