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Title: The end may be near
Post by: slusser77 on February 11, 2018, 06:51:29 AM
 Looking ahead at the long range weather forecast (NE Pa.)looks as though we may be in the final week of safe ice, or at least hard surface. With the exception of 1 or 2 days, the long range report indicates day time temps in the mid to high 40s for the next 2 weeks, which if nothing else will make for rough travel over ice. The nighttime temps only "near" freezing.  Seems most places I have been have 8-12" of ice, like yesterday there was about 10" at Harveys but what a chore going even 100 yards through 5" of snow/water. Looks like it will only get worse. I may have to head to upstate NY after this week. It was a great season for sure, perhaps one of the best for me in several years. Although being recently retied I was able to get out several days/week. 
Be Safe!   
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 11, 2018, 07:48:34 AM
Here are the Accuweather day and night time temps for Ledgedale for the next two weeks. Its not great but its not time to jumping off ledges yet either.
FM

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Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: brownmk19 on February 11, 2018, 01:53:52 PM
I agree. The forecast isn't great, but I don't think the fat lady is going to start singing just yet. And if we make it to March, that month can go either way weather wise. Last February felt like April, and then we got 2 feet of snow in the middle of March. I fished at Prompton yesterday, and although I didn't have a measuring tape, I would say that there's at least 16 inches of ice there. I would imagine that Belmont and Stillwater have similar stories.........    8)
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: chez on February 11, 2018, 06:45:54 PM
How did you do at Promton mike????
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: brownmk19 on February 11, 2018, 07:24:40 PM
Pretty decent........lots of nice Gills, a couple calico. Also got a few pickerel and two smallmouth bass. The snow made things tough.......... especially that awful haul up the hill from hell at the end of the day. LOL :o
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: chez on February 12, 2018, 06:58:34 AM
Thanks for the report Mike.
That is a Haul up the hill!!!!!
But that has always been a good area.
Stay Safe.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: DeadBird on February 12, 2018, 07:19:57 AM
Hope it's better for you guys than it is here. Was in Calamity Bob with two other guys and we went in the lake Saturday night. Not the fat lady, rather Jim Morrison singing, "This is the end,"  :'(
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 12, 2018, 07:50:47 AM
Went in the lake, as in went in?
FM
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: DeadBird on February 12, 2018, 09:02:02 AM
We were riding back to the launch about 8:30 PM. Fog thick as it can be so the lights didn't help us see the open water on the right until too late and kersplash! The ice along the open water broke on our right side so in we went. My gear in Calamity Bob was fine, however, we were towing the two other guys stuff in jetsleds. The jetsleds went to the bottom like rocks, but the water was only 3-5 feet so we were able to fish them and all the gear out. The machine was able to climb back out pretty easy, once the other two guys hopped out on the good ice. Once in the lake per season is enough for me.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 12, 2018, 12:07:47 PM
Doesn't sound like a lot of fun. Good thing it was shallow and everyone was OK>
FM
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: eaglejac on February 12, 2018, 01:28:42 PM
Doesn't sound like a lot of fun. Good thing it was shallow and everyone was OK>
FM
 Amen to that one , Glad nobody was hurt..
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: Its ice on February 13, 2018, 05:19:48 AM
Glad everyone's ok and u got gear back.  What kind of machine gets out of 3 to 5 ft of water easily is my question????? 
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 13, 2018, 05:42:26 AM
Submarine?  :o
FM
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: DeadBird on February 13, 2018, 07:13:07 AM
Glad everyone's ok and u got gear back.  What kind of machine gets out of 3 to 5 ft of water easily is my question?????

It's a Wilcraft, I don't have a good photo to share since photogreed stopped allowing third party posting. I went in a lake, first ice, the week I got it five years ago, in 40 fow. That was a hoot. It climbs out by retracting the wheels and backing up onto the ice. There are videos on their website somewhere that show the process;

https://www.thewilcraft.com/ (https://www.thewilcraft.com/)

For you PA guys, I strongly suggest scrolling down a little on the homepage and reading the headline.  >:D ;D



Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: OtterTail on February 13, 2018, 07:54:18 PM
That Wilcraft looks like fun but it probably cost more than my car.   By the way,  Prompton is hardened up and walkable today.    Fishin is good, catchin kinda sucks though.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: DeadBird on February 13, 2018, 08:04:07 PM
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That Wilcraft looks like fun but it probably cost more than my car.

Possibly, the new ones have gone up in price. My understanding is somewhere in the high teens-20K for the 4-wheel, hydrostatic drive. Mine is first generation, 2-wheel drive with belts and torque converter, it cost slightly more than half that + shipping. But it does float, priceless.  8)
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: cl3 on February 14, 2018, 11:24:10 AM
Looks Saturday will be a good day for me to get out. I'm thinking Ford's Pond.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 15, 2018, 03:58:11 PM
I'm heading deep up into Wayne co for Saturday morning. Next week looks abysmal even in the icy strongholds on far northeastern PA. but there is a glimmer of hope... if the ice in Wayne and Pike can hold on somewhat the first two weeks of March look promising. One can only wait and hope.
FM

FOREST CITY, PA
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Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: Jiggerman on February 15, 2018, 07:39:02 PM
Was out today in pike county and the ice took a beating.   Started on 11 inches and left at dark with 8.5.  It was very honeycombed hand auger was just chewing through it producing large chunks of ice not the shavings.  A large crack then went as far as we could see had spots that were over a foot wide with the hourglass shaped sides .  I would say the ice was 40/60 hard ice to bubbly honeycomb. 
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: chez on February 15, 2018, 07:55:44 PM
My buddy was on Ford's Pond today 6 to 8 in open Shoreline when he stepped on it. It was cracking  dont look good.
1 guy on slicing today.
Lots of honeycombing.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: kenP on February 15, 2018, 09:19:55 PM
I guess we could head north.  Anybody interested in upstate NY/Canada?  Now this gets me thinking...  I have heard of folks who follow the surfing waves around the world (Endless Summer). I wonder if anyone has ever followed ice fishing.  I assume that there is ice fishing somewhere in the world year round but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: crappiman on February 15, 2018, 09:56:52 PM

10 inches on Oxbow today but it was warm. Hopefully it survives two weeks then lock up first week of March for some late ice action!!
If not head North...........
Free fishing upstate New York this weekend. Donít need a license.
Anybody know anyone up there that can put me on a good lake?
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: slusser77 on February 15, 2018, 10:16:24 PM
I'm giving Oneida a shot the next 3 days. Hope the ice holds up. Heard its been a great year for icing Walleyes.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: crappiman on February 15, 2018, 10:41:09 PM
I'm giving Oneida a shot the next 3 days. Hope the ice holds up. Heard its been a great year for icing Walleyes.
Good luck I usually fish it in June for the bass opening.
I was looking for something like a pond just over the border.
A lot of guys are heading to lake Whitney Saturday for there Crappie Tournament.
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: kenP on February 16, 2018, 07:58:58 AM
Good luck I usually fish it in June for the bass opening.
I was looking for something like a pond just over the border.
A lot of guys are heading to lake Whitney Saturday for there Crappie Tournament.

I have seen photos of this tournament - looks crazy - so many people
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: kenP on February 16, 2018, 07:59:57 AM
I'm giving Oneida a shot the next 3 days. Hope the ice holds up. Heard its been a great year for icing Walleyes.

Do you need a snowmobile or quad to get out to where the walleyes are on Oneida?  Sorry about the topic drift FM
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: kenP on February 16, 2018, 08:01:04 AM
Back to the end being near - saw worms on my driveway this morning (Lehigh Valley). Not a good sign
Title: Re: The end may be near
Post by: fishin_musician on February 16, 2018, 08:11:09 AM
I'd be out picking them up and saving them for trout and bluegill bait. Ground is still frozen here. Just saw some grass in the yard for the first time in weeks.
FM