Since my last post I've been out several times both ice fishing and hare hunting. Although we've had warm spells and rain, our conditions really aren't all that bad.
For starters the fishing on Lake George has been red hot. Where I've traveled in the South Basin I've measured anywhere from 8 - 12 inches of ice. We have a glare top so cleats or shoe tracs are the safest way to move around. Pressure cracks are begining to form as more ice is made. Consideration should be taken before anything that looks iffy. I've found most of the big perch 10 to 12 inches long in 40-45 feet of water. Larger jigs are producing the bigger fish. Color has not mattered.
In my part of the Adirondacks, there is a base of 12 to 15 inches of hard snow and ice. Running conditions are icy with a crust where the dogs can stay on top. It is borderline using snowshoes in the woods. Expect to break thru if you go without. Further north in the Indian Lake Region, the conditions for the dogs is almost identical and different for a hunter. Snow shoes are definitly required. Expect the running to be tough early and picking up around mid day and early afternoon. Be cautious of frozen swamps and streams. Most of these areas were flooded a few weeks ago leaving either water or large airpockets underneath the thin layer of ice. Falling thru would not be fun.
Now is the time to get out and enjoy our winter!!!!