POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP

POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP

HT’S NEW POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP

POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP

HT ENTERPRISES, INC., the industry leader in the development of premium brand tip-ups and tip-up related accessories, is pleased to introduce the:

 POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP!

This newest addition to the famous HT Polar Tip-Up family features an integrated light and buzzer. This strike alert system that is perfect for night fishing applications.  When a fish strikes, a light on the end of the trip shaft is activated. This means, not only is the strike easily visible, but you can identify if the fish is moving and how fast, simply by watching the rotating light!  Just in case you aren’t looking when a fish strikes, you’ll also hear a simultaneous, audible signal. POLAR “STRIKE ALERT” TIP-UP

The “Strike Alert” system is powered by two universal button style batteries (LR-41), included with purchase.

For more information, write: HT Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 909, Campbellsport, WI, 53010 or visit WWW.HTENT.COM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Fishing Oneida Lake, an Introduction

Ice Fishing Oneida Lake

Ice Fishing Oneida lake I started ice fishing Oneida Lake when I was 12 years old. I spent quite a few days out in the blustery cold and sunny days spudding holes with my uncle, who lived near the lake for many years. We never used a shack, electronics, power augers, machines to travel, heaters etc.…. As I grew older, I found myself, spending more and more time open water and ice fishing. I’ve enjoyed open water fishing the lake, but, found ice fishing to be more relaxing and there is less traffic to contend with. I will mention, I have all of the proper gear to fish with now, that I didn’t have when I fished with my uncle. He’d tell me.. “what do You need heat for? We’ll get warm when we return home”. Being an ex-Vietnam vet….he was tough!! Spending time with my family on the ice and, sharing my passion with them is important to me. My son goes most times, but, my wife and daughter get out once in a while as well. There have been some very productive fishing days, very slow fishing days and, well, Mother Oneida can deal her hand at any time she wants to. You could be set up in one direction for wind and, another minute she can change wind direction and wind speed like someone threw a switch. Sunny one minute and, whiteout blizzard the next minute, you can’t see 10’ in front of you. Personally, over the years, I have battled her more times than most people would like to. But, I still go back…

Oneida Lake is the largest inland lake in New York state located in Both Oneida and Oswego Counties. The lake is 21 miles long, east to west, and, with a width of 5 miles, north to south. Average depth of the lake is 25’ with the max depth of 55’.

Parking and access points are located around the lake. Godfrey Point State launch, Big Bay, Oneida Lake is the largest inland lake in New yorkCleveland docks; Apps Landing, Williams Beach, Constantia; Mill Street; North Bay, Lake Street; Sylvan Beach to name a few. Please use caution whenever you decide to access the lake at any of these accesses. The ice conditions aren’t always the same or safe as the other. They could change at any time. Get info from the local bait shops for ice conditions. Or read posts about those bodies of water Your thinking of fishing on forums. Some of the best info is from the ice anglers themselves.

Bait shops around the lake are as follows. Bartell road Bait and Tackle, located on Bartell Road, Brewerton, NY. App’s Bait and Tackle, Located on St. Rt. 49 in Cleveland, NY. East Shore Bait and Tackle, Sylvan Beach, NY. Mickey’s Bait and Tackle, North Syracuse, NY. Gander Mountain, Cicero, NY. They all carry tackle and bait needed for ice fishing Oneida Lake.

Many people use Jigging rods and reels, tip ups and, tip downs to fish through the ice on Oneida. Common baits that are used are as follows…Swedish pimple spoons, jigging raps, kastmaster spoons, larger demon jigs, silver, gold and copper colored spoons all work well. Some people tip the hooks with minnow head only, some use the whole minnow. I prefer jigging mostly and, always use a dead stick rig with a slip bobber float with a lively minnow hooked through the back for the times a spoon or jigging rap doesn’t seem to entice the fish into biting.

Species of fish that are caught through the ice are Walleye, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth bass, white perch, bluegills, crappies, sunfish, pickerel, catfish and burbout. Panfish and pickeral are caught in shallow bays, while walleye, perch, and the other mentioned fish are caught in deeper water. My personal best walleye caught is 25 ¾” and, a 13 ¾” yellow perch through the ice. There have been bigger of both species caught.

Enjoying a little serenity, ice fishing Oneida Lake,Early ice makes for some really good fishing. Makes travel for walkers easy to get to their fishing spots. Early ice can also be a dangerous ice to walk, if, you don’t know the ice. Always carry a spud and try to travel with a partner. The same goes for late ice. Travel with snowmobiles is good most of the winter. Be cautious when the lake receives a couple of feet of snow on the ice. The weight of the snow can produce water that soaks the ice from below, making a slushy mess underneath, Stopping and starting can be rough, even for a snowmobile. Quads are good to go until the snow stacks up. Travel with quads and, walking is nearly impossible at that point.

I hope this, will help some of the new Oneida Lake ice fisherman have some success, catching a few fish and have an enjoyable outing.  I also hope that you enjoy the lake as much as I do.

As I finish writing this, I know, not too long from now, I’ll be enjoying a little serenity, ice fishing  Oneida Lake, my favorite lake. Have a safe and fun hard water season!!

Oneida Lake, NY Ice Fishing Conditions and Reports

Oneida Lake, NY Chat

Oneida Lake (east) Contour Map

Oneida Lake (west) Contour Map

HD Ice, Dynamic Lures, High Action Ice Lure

Dynamic Lures has produced one of the most versatile Ice Fishing Lures on the marketDynamic Lures, HD Ice, High Action Ice Lure

We have a new sponsor at IceFishin247.com Dynamic Lures. Dynamic Lures has a host of open water offerings, crankbaits, swimbaits and stickbaits but it was their HD Ice, High Action Ice Lure, that caught my attention. The HD Ice comes in nine color schemes each with its own individual pattern. Available colors are: Ghost White, Gold/Orange, Trout Natural, Glow, Bubble Gum, Perch, Fire Craw, Silver/Blue and Fire Tiger. This sinking lure is 2 inches long and weighs 1/5th oz. Its size makes it perfect for enticing slab crappie and jumbo perch out of a school of mixed size fish. That it catches trout can be seen on videos posted at the Dynamic Lures website. It also seems destined to be a very effective walleye catcher. Here is what they have to say about it on their webpage.

The HD ICE comes in nine color schemes each with its own individual pattern

The High Action Ice Lure: Dynamic Lures has produced one of the most versatile Ice Fishing Lures on the market. With its hollow construction, Dynamic was able to create the perfect combination of sound and action that anglers depend on in the winter months. This vertical jigging lure was created specially for trout and other small to medium sized fish. This lure is not your typical ice fishing bait. This is a high action lure that brings in vicious bites. If you are looking for an advantage on the ice, look no further than the HD Ice.

Dynamic Lure’s HD Ice has been featured in In-Fisherman, the In-Fisherman Ice Guide and in the Angler Magazine

If your like me you are always looking for versatile new lures. I like to try them on a varitey of species and see what I can get them to do and how they will preform on the ice. The HD Ice looks very promising. I can’t wait to give them a shot.

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You can see all the HD Ice colors and patterns at: Dynamic Lures

Ice Fishing Lake Carey

Ice Fishing Lake Carey

 

Tip ups are set, Ice Fishing Lake CareyI grew up ice fishing Lake Carey, PA. I chopped my first hole through the ice when I was just a kid, no older than 9 or 10. I have been ice fishing Lake Carey ever since. I have had great days ice fishing Lake Carey and I have had days that would bring a grown man to his knees. The great days are what keeps me coming back to this Endless Mountains Lake.

Lake Carey is located in in Wyoming County Pennsylvania. It is roughly 210 acres is size and is bisected by a causeway. The two halves created by the causeway are known as the big lake and the flow pond. The big lake is the deeper, maxing out at 30 feet, and the larger half. It receives most of the fishing pressure. The Flow pond is markedly shallower and has silted in over the last 50 years. It may have a few pockets of water over 6 feet deep but their days are numbered.

One of the attractions to ice fishing Lake Carey is the wide variety of species to catch. There are large and smallmouth Anglers target walleyes ice fishing Lake Careybass in good numbers. Perch, crappie, gills and rock bass are also present as are pickerel and bullhead. But, in my opinion it is the walleye that are the main attraction. Fish Lake Carey and you have a better than average chance of catching a walleye or two. My personal best walleye was a 24 inch specimen but there has been a number of 10 pounders taken from lake. As I mentioned most angler concentrate their attention of the big lake but that wasn’t always so. When I was a kid there would be groups of ice fishermen scattered around on the flow pond too. It might be time to see what surprises await here.

Some nice panfish dwell in the depths of Lake CareyAccess to Lake Carey isn’t what it used to be. As a kid I recall seeing lines of cars pulled off to the side of the road and trails leading through the snow d0wn to the ice.  Nowadays, the best bet for no hassle parking and ease of access is to park at the marina parking lot, Franks Marina.  There is a reasonable parking fee here but it is a blessing on this 100% privately owned lake. Frank’s Marina is located on the causeway between the lakes.  Maybe one day the state will place a launch site at Lake Carey, until then Frank’s is your best bet.

Lake Carey is not what I think of as an early ice lake. There are multiple inlets and the deeper water of the big lake means that it is usually a couple weeks behind the shallower local lakes. I look forward to ice fishing Lake Carey every winter it won’t be long now before I will get the chance to drill a fresh hole in the ice that hooked me on ice fishing.

 

Lake Carey Ice Fishing Reports  –  (become a member to view)

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