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Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:18 am
by Rusty Spinner
What does everyone think? I know I saw a few intrepid anglers out on Budd Lake in early December for about a day or two, but most of that lake remained open at the time. We really haven't had a sharp cold snap since, but right now it's calm with a high here of 25 and the sun isn't too bright. We may see some of the earlier lakes and ponds freeze over again this weekend and be safe in some areas next week. Too soon to say. Anyone get out in other states?

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:45 am
by martalus
Long range forecasts into mid February look favorable for ice fishing.

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:27 am
by troutfishing4life
Brian heard people were out on budd lake the other day

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:32 pm
by Rusty Spinner
troutfishing4life wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:27 am
Brian heard people were out on budd lake the other day
yup, looks like it. I was just looking at Monday's forecast when I bring my daughter back to college and it's supposed to be a high of 12 F with a low that night of 5F. If lakes are already frozen over now, nights and days like that will help. Even today with little or no sun (at least up north), we added some ice. Let's get out there soon! This weekend's weather is supposed to suck and I have the Fisheries Forum meeting at Hackettstown on Saturday at 10 am.

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:12 am
by Rusty Spinner
Lots of friends on forums and Facebook are gearing up for some ice time. Several areas up north here have safe ice (4" - 6").

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:34 pm
by lightenup
So, when you guys catch the ice, do you keep it an put it in your freezer? :D :D :D ;)

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:14 pm
by garden hackle
lightenup wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:34 pm
So, when you guys catch the ice, do you keep it an put it in your freezer? :D :D :D ;)
Not me, I put the ice in a glass and pour alcohol over it to preserve it.

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:27 pm
by lightenup
garden hackle wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:14 pm
lightenup wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:34 pm
So, when you guys catch the ice, do you keep it an put it in your freezer? :D :D :D ;)
Not me, I put the ice in a glass and pour alcohol over it to preserve it.
Excellent!!!! What kind of alcohol..Don't say scotch..that stuff doesn't belong on ice. ;)

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:56 pm
by Rusty Spinner
lightenup wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:27 pm
garden hackle wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:14 pm
lightenup wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:34 pm
So, when you guys catch the ice, do you keep it an put it in your freezer? :D :D :D ;)
Not me, I put the ice in a glass and pour alcohol over it to preserve it.
Excellent!!!! What kind of alcohol..Don't say scotch..that stuff doesn't belong on ice. ;)
I'm a bourbon drinker, but I'm sure we will pound beers instead with the odd snort from a flask or two.....Saturday is our day! I'll be out with Mike/TF4L on the lake I grew up on with my childhood buddies, a half ton of venison, and plenty of booze while our kids do all the work. Life is good :)

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:35 am
by troutfishing4life
Cant wait for this trip. Hoping the fish finder now helps out big time

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:13 pm
by garden hackle
Are you guys using a snow mobile for trolling?

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:17 am
by the royal coachman
Planning on going out to Little Swartswood with friends on Sunday. They have an Ice Fishing Contest if anyone else is interested here is the link https://www.facebook.com/events/369021216904227/ The little lake had 8" before the deep freeze and the big lake has 5 1/2"

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:56 am
by martalus
My brother got a fat 35 inch Pike on Budd Lake before the deep freeze. Unfortunately no pictures to prove it!

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:32 pm
by Rusty Spinner
martalus wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:56 am
My brother got a fat 35 inch Pike on Budd Lake before the deep freeze. Unfortunately no pictures to prove it!
Here's a 28" channel cat. Meow!
channel cat resized.jpg
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Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:06 am
by troutfishing4life
We had a great day out on the ice saturday

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:45 pm
by lightenup
Rusty Spinner wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:32 pm
martalus wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:56 am
My brother got a fat 35 inch Pike on Budd Lake before the deep freeze. Unfortunately no pictures to prove it!
Here's a 28" channel cat. Meow!

channel cat resized.jpg
Come on, it says right under the picture that is re-sized, it was probably only 8 inches... ;)

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:47 am
by Rusty Spinner
lightenup wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:45 pm
Rusty Spinner wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:32 pm
martalus wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:56 am
My brother got a fat 35 inch Pike on Budd Lake before the deep freeze. Unfortunately no pictures to prove it!
Here's a 28" channel cat. Meow!

channel cat resized.jpg
Come on, it says right under the picture that is re-sized, it was probably only 8 inches... ;)
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Will we get any ice fishing in this year?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:21 am
by troutfishing4life
That fish was huge not 8 inches there for sure