Ice season is here and we are up North for the holidays!
Finally, after a long year of waiting, the ground is covered in snow, and the lakes thick with a layer of ice!
Well… not that thick. Sadly, the last week was freezing cold (twenties and below), but this upcoming week the winter weather has taken a turn for the warmer. The ice is slipping away beneath our feet (all 3.5 inches of it).
At least we were able to get in some lines before the melting began. We stopped by an old favorite, Dennis Pond, to do some jigging.
Passed a couple of wild turkeys on the way. Always nice to see the local wildlife.
Scenery was breathtaking as usual. Drilled about 6 holes (one every 10-feet, laterally and outward). Got to about 10-ft depth, but the ice was not exactly the safest. At about 3.5 inches at most going toward the center, we did not venture too far out. Water temperature was about 34-degrees F at the surface beneath the ice.
We used standard jigging techniques, with little red wigglers as bait, and small spoons for lure.
Caught a few little chain pickerel which are always a fun catch. It was pretty cold out though, as you may be able to tell by Dan’s ski coat and 7 pairs of pants.
Things were getting slushy, quick, though. Our feet were wet and frozen, but between the snowy scenery and continuous action on our ice rods, we stuck around and sucked it up.
Patience is a virtue, however! I was finally able to pull a decent sized large mouth.
Dan was on fire with the pickerel game too.
Overall, a fun day on the ice. Excited to get back to it once temperatures go down next week. Dennis pond is a perfect ice fishing pond!