As expected we saw a large increase in the number of anglers this past weekend due to the Hardwater classic ice derby that was taking place on Saturday. This pressure continued throughout the weekend with a fair number of anglers being observed on Sunday as well. This week the number of anglers out on the ice decreased with only a few people out fishing mid-week. Ice conditions continue to remain steady with approximately 8" of ice around the lake. We’ve been experiencing some warmer temperatures and lows that aren’t getting cold so we’re probably not gaining any ice. There have been numerous reports of pressure cracks throughout the reservoir with open water gaps. The predominant one being noted is around Sugarloaf. As always caution should be taken anytime travelling out on the ice with an atv or snowmobile.
The fishing over the weekend increased significantly with a lot of bigger size perch being brought in. With that being said there was a still a lot of people that were reporting very little success. The winning perch in the Ice derby came in just under 2 lbs. Although I saw a lot of nice fish being harvested there wasn’t a lot of extremely large fish. A majority of the bigger fish being caught over the weekend were in the 13" range with the occasional fish over 14". There were also several nice trout taken over the weekend, but as with the perch the fishing was slow and very inconsistent. The majority of the pressure was seeing around Sugarloaf and with that pressure came the best success from around the lake. Those that were on ATV’s and snowmobiles were about to search out where the fish were and able to catch a reasonable amount of nice fish.
Hopefully we’ll get some colder temperatures and the ice will remain thick for the remainder of the winter. With warm daytime temperatures and no snow on the ice, the ice is very slick and some sort of traction should be used when walking around on it.