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> Who is geting excited. ...., Soft water season ...2019
Longshank
Posted: Mar 29, 2019 - 10:44 am


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just to make you all feel better....

erie still has ice on it....and I start fishing the big lake mid april


on huron, they had to call in a special ice breaker to open shipping lanes cause the 2 there now are not up to busting 2-3 feet of good ice

but we all know how fast it can suddenly go, so ya, prep up anyhow

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Grumpa
Posted: Mar 30, 2019 - 10:01 am


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QUOTE (dan66 @ Mar 29, 2019 - 09:56 am)
Nipissing is it a real concern opener would be in jeopardy?
i know once ice gets broken up it goes fast, but 2 plus feet fast?

Nip's ice clear dates (covers a 100 plus years of records) shows the earliest ice clear date was April 3rd 1945 (certainly won't challenge that this year).
Latest ice out date was May 19th 1926. Average ice out date around April 28th or something.
Last year (2018) the ice clear date was listed as May 14th.
Opening day this year...May 18th.
Depending on the water temperatures...the walleye might still be spawning in a few locations around the lake, like last year....but, I'm guessing the season will most certainly open on schedule.
Like Shank says...I'm preparing for it like normal. For us, the only thing that might alter leading up to the opener could be where we begin to fish...and what bait/lures we might start with.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2019 - 09:39 am


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QUOTE (Grumpa @ Mar 30, 2019 - 11:01 am)
QUOTE (dan66 @ Mar 29, 2019 - 09:56 am)
Nipissing is it a real concern opener would be in jeopardy?
i know once ice gets broken up it goes fast, but 2 plus feet fast?

Nip's ice clear dates (covers a 100 plus years of records) shows the earliest ice clear date was April 3rd 1945 (certainly won't challenge that this year).
Latest ice out date was May 19th 1926. Average ice out date around April 28th or something.
Last year (2018) the ice clear date was listed as May 14th.
Opening day this year...May 18th.
Depending on the water temperatures...the walleye might still be spawning in a few locations around the lake, like last year....but, I'm guessing the season will most certainly open on schedule.
Like Shank says...I'm preparing for it like normal. For us, the only thing that might alter leading up to the opener could be where we begin to fish...and what bait/lures we might start with.

Grumpa, you are right on the money, I have saw a lot of years including last year where it looked like it might be pretty close, however we live in a climate of change on a dime. It could be 100% clear by may, almost impossible to tell this early, one thing is almost a guarantee it has about as much chance of challenging the may 19th date as it does the April 3rd record. Ice will be gone and softwater will happen on time without a problem. My bigger concern is water level at this point because when it starts it's going to meltdown big time. Make sure docks boathouses and the likes are nailed down because it's going to be a pretty ugly thaw I think. Cheers all!

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Posted: Mar 31, 2019 - 10:24 am


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Have to agree westarm.
I'm a bit concerned about possible water levels this spring as well.
It was lower last spring then I've seen many years. But based on snow depth and water content in the bush much of this past winter....a fast thaw 'might' create issues this year. I've been worried before and it proved pointless. But I've also seen a couple bad springs in the last 15 years to be vigilant every year. A fast thaw coupled with heavy rains early...could be problematic. I'm hoping not...but only time will tell now.
A buddy down at your end of the lake sent me a picture last weekend, east of you, under the bridge. Looks like things are getting going down there.
Good luck on opening. I know you like chasing the big gators early...hopefully, you catch your fill. Give us a (photo) taste, if you get a couple nice ones. I think everyone enjoys the fish porn.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2019 - 11:05 am


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QUOTE (Grumpa @ Mar 31, 2019 - 11:24 am)
Have to agree westarm.
I'm a bit concerned about possible water levels this spring as well.
It was lower last spring then I've seen many years. But based on snow depth and water content in the bush much of this past winter....a fast thaw 'might' create issues this year. I've been worried before and it proved pointless. But I've also seen a couple bad springs in the last 15 years to be vigilant every year. A fast thaw coupled with heavy rains early...could be problematic. I'm hoping not...but only time will tell now.
A buddy down at your end of the lake sent me a picture last weekend, east of you, under the bridge. Looks like things are getting going down there.
Good luck on opening. I know you like chasing the big gators early...hopefully, you catch your fill. Give us a (photo) taste, if you get a couple nice ones. I think everyone enjoys the fish porn.

thank you grumpa, yes, that bridge at 64 is definitely a pinch point and creates a very good current there, it actually changes direction with wind basically like a tide, that is open there a lot of the year and many times all year, we definitely open up quicker then a lot of the lake because of it. the 2nd bridge by sucker creek is similar. a lot of water flows under those 2 bridges.

those big gators evaded a bit last year, I think the biggest I got was in the 8lb area. they will not hide from me this year. lol.

all the best of luck to you as well, our group last September for our annual fall fish caught a record catch for numbers as well as some decent size fish, we play biggest fish wins and some worth mentioning were a couple keeper size walleye, a couple smallies in the 3-4lb class, 2 pike over 6lbs and the winner was a 50+ muskie by another board member here. not a bad fill for Friday to tuesday weekend. we got in the neighborhood of 120 fish {would have to look up exact number} but we also ONLY count lm bass, sm bass, walleye, pike and muskie, perch and the likes are not counted as there are side bets for numbers, sitting on the dock catching 50 perch will get you nowhere. lol. we have broke our catch total for 4 consecutive years. about 10 years ago we had a catch total of 5!! the year the water was way way low, I believe 2010? bite was the worst ever for the fall group. there are about a million laughs, lots of fishing, plenty of cold beers and great food to be had before then though. a great few months ahead.
cheers!

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