While some folks have started packing things up for the year and are getting ready for open water, there is still plenty of ice on Oneida Lake. We do have a nice stretch with three cold days before things get warm in a hurry. We are still getting reports with over 12″ in most spots so the ice will hold up against this first warm wave though we expect the shoreline to deteriorate as next week progresses. Temps in the mid-50s with precipitation will do that. The ice will hold for a bit, but access will get interesting next week. For now, creepers are a must as it is extremely slick out there. ATVs are back in the picture and other than some heaves and gas holes, we have not heard of any transportation issues in the past few days other than it being extremely slick. Expect wind today (Friday) and tomorrow. Some snow tonight and into tomorrow will be great for those with sleds.
The fishing has been slow, flurries of activity then a hurry up and wait routine. Most of the walleye action has been right around dusk, with some opting to move into more shallow water (18-20), using larger raps, or moving the jig higher in the water column to grab fish. The perch that are being taken are jumbos, but few have been reporting large hauls from a numbers perspective. Even though some people have found success in more shallow water, the majority are still working in the 20-30 FOW range.