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  • 1/14/18 Lake George Ice Fishing and Hare Hunting conditions

    This past week was crazy. We were locked in over 2 weeks with sub zero temperatures and broke it up with 2 days climbing to a high of 61. That night it plummets and we wake up to -7 and high of 15 all day today 1/14/18.  This week we're expecting snow on Tuesday and reasonably cold temps for the remainder of the week. IN OTHER WORDS....we'll have ice for fishing and good snow for hunting hare.

    Yesterday I waited until mid morning before venturing out with the dogs. I collared up around noon and had a start right away.  All 3 boys got together and then poof it ended, something that never happens.  Next thing Paddy is back to me and the other two haven't said a word.   Paddy and I wonder down to where they barked last and the next thing I know I break through up to my knees into water.  Everything has flooded since the recent rains. Whats worse is unless its an actually waterway the water isn't exposed so the bottom goes out really fast for the dogs and hunter.  After 4 hours of this, the dogs and myself were wiped out from being wet and cold all.  I expect this will buttion up in a week or so once all the water drains out and or freezes up again.

    As for Ice Fishing today i fished out of Hearthstone Park, Lake George.  My plan was to move around, try some new spots for both Lakers and Perch.  I'm happy to say I found both.  I marked 7 to 8.5 inches of ice all day today. The lakers would chase and not hit.  The perch I found were in schools and averaged 10's.  I kept 22 Perch, threw back two and never hooked a Laker.  The south basin of the lake is in good shape and the next time I go up I'll have my atv.

    Our winter is definitely shaping up to be a real Adirondack winter and now is the time to get out and enjoy it.