for the past few years I have been considering putting in at Opechee and fishing that. Just never seem to pull the trigger because nobody ever talks about it.
Since Friday was a bust for Winni, I did hit a stocked lake on Saturday with my son for bows/browns. Decent amount of boats for that sized water...maybe 15-20 trolling. Boated 5 bows and a brown but all very small (just larger than the topguns they were hitting).
Buddy drove by Alton Bay Friday and reported is still at the gazebo. I do see open water now streching from Pine to Bear on the webcams. All ice looks gray and slushy and I agree with suggestings that todays wind and rain should open things nicely for next weekend. Would not be suprised if Emerson is flying this week to declare ice out...could happen as soon as tomorrow. There should at the very least be fishable water early in the week.
Caution: even on the small lake I was on yesterday...there was a fair amount of floating debris left over from ice fishing season including a wooden pallet. Early season on Winni brings lots of damaging debris that can not be seen in the dark. Be careful when on plane during the next week or two.
Thanks for the report! Hoping to get some lines wet next weekend, awesome that you got to get a few in this weekend although I hope it wasn’t today. I went to the stream by my house and was uncomfortable just standing next to the river.