With walleye season-ending, the shoreline falling apart in most spots, an increase in reports of large cracks, and the number of ice incidents occurring over the last week we have essentially come to the end of another season of ice fishing on Oneida Lake. Some folks are getting out still, but the vast majority have called it quits and are waiting for the open water–this was certainly not a memorable season for most. It’s a pretty dangerous mix of conditions out there and that will only get worse as the warmer air arrives tomorrow–you could literally watch parts of the lake open up on Saturday and we expect that again tomorrow and into Wednesday.
The lake level has come up about a foot in the last three weeks but remains low as spring approaches. Hopefully, the water level continues to rise for those of you looking to get out in boats soon for perch.
A special thanks to everyone who sent in reports and information this winter, we also have a small but great group of guys that will be providing more reports through the spring, summer, and fall this year as we hope to keep the site a bit more active for open water this year.