Friday, January 12, 2018

Laurie's Report

Must have nearly hit 70 degrees today, but it really doesn't change anything, not regarding the ice fishing season, and my son and I--and I hope Mike Maxwell, too--will ice fish Tuesday at Round Valley.

One exception. I don't suggest anyone run out on the reservoir tomorrow. That's beside the point, as you will read Tuesday. The only report I got on the safety of the reservoir ice was from Mike Maxwell, just before the mild weather really took hold here. He didn't know how thick, but said they were out on the ice near the boat launch.

I've copied Laurie Murphy's report verbatim for you, and you can just feel the confidence this year. The derby on the 21st will happen.

The Lake here is covered with ice about 10 to 12 inches thick. Fishing in Great Cove, Nolans Point has produced some nice pickerel and yellow perch using tip ups with medium shiners or jigging with grubs , small rapalas, or small tungsten jigs.  Reports from the State Park area seem to be about the same. The Knee Deep Club will be holding their first ice fishing derby on Sunday, January 21st. The contest begins at  6 AM and ends at 4 PM.  The entry fee is $20/members and $25/nonmembers and there will be cash prizes awarded for the three heaviest fish in the perch/crappie category, the pickerel category and the all other species category.  More info can be found at or call Dows Boat Rental @ (973)663 3826. We are fully stocked with everything you need. We carry a large selection of ice jigs, tip ups, jigging poles, ice creepers and hand drills along with replacement blades for them,  and jet sleds, as well as shiners, mousses, wax worms and spikes.  We are open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 6 PM. Have a great week...

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