This has been an incredible year for snow, ice and cold. A typical night at the lake involves temperatures hovering around ten below zero.
What I find interesting involves the Great Lakes. The lakes are 91% frozen; an incredible percentage for early March. Niagara Falls is frozen over; also incredible as the flow over the falls is a minimum of 50,000 cubic feet per second. I have only seen the Falls frozen twice before. It is an eerily silent experience.
What to do? Embrace winter! We will be out on the ice, fishing again, this weekend. We also hope to get ready for Spring, and place some wood duck nesting boxes. The snowshoes, skis and snowmobiles will all get a workout.
Hope to see you out and about.
Is right around 30 inches.
It has been well below freezing at night for a couple of weeks. The temperature during the day has not gotten much above 20 degrees, if at all.
This pattern should continue at least through this week.
March 10 is traditionally when NYSDEC orders that Ice Shanties be removed from the lakes. Wonder if that date will get extended?
This past weekend was the Lake Colby Ice Fishing Classic.
Ollie Burgess and his family participated, fishing on Loon Lake. They fished Saturday, through Saturday night, and on Sunday.
I told Ollie where we had caught a 42 inch Northern, about ten years ago. The biggest fish I have seen pulled from the Lake. He drilled a hole at that spot and set his grandson Connor up, watching that tipup. Don’t you know, he caught a ten pound Northern, and that fish WON THE TOURNAMENT!!!
Three generations of the Burgess clan with associated friends are ice fishing off Horsehead Point and in Molasses bay.
There is about 8 inches of hard pack snow on top of about 10 inches of slush over the ice. Tough walking and sledding.
My dogs are loving the company.
Minutes from the Board ‘s January and February meetings have been posted to the Town of Franklin Website. Both meetings were unremarkable.
At the moment it is 3 below zero, outside. With the wind, it feels like 10 below. The air is crisp and dry. The snow pack is about 18 to 24 inches thick, and is deeper in the woods. There was a truck with a snowplow out on the lake, moving the deep snow for the ice fisherman.
This is an old fashioned Adirondack Winter, and there is probably more to come. In March, it is typical to get an inch or three of snow overnight, each night. That adds up, if it stays cold.
The conditions are fantastic for all outdoor activities: downhill and cross country skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, etc.
It is very cold out, so please be careful with your pets.
Note: many small game hunting seasons end tomorrow.
Get up, get outside, and enjoy!
Or, in the alternative, head somewhere warm and sunny……
DEC has extended the public comment period until March 28. The Kushaqua tract includes Loon Lake Mountain. It encompasses the former International Paper lands South of Route 26 and the Old Railroad/power line ROW. The plan opens up a new snowmobile trail over one of the lesser Loon Lake Mountains, creates several campsites, and generally opens up an area that has been home to 31 private hunting camps.