Posted by the manager of Shakamak State Park on Facebook today. I agree; most of the water I pass on my commute is still open. Even with the cold temps we are still experiencing ice melt throughout the day. Stay safe!
“If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.” — Zane Grey
Here's my ice report: I checked my buddy's pond in southwest Monroe County. It is an old spring-fed pond that he re-dug a few years ago and stocked. The dig ended up failing because it filled back up with sediment and it is only about 7 foot at its deepest. The plan is to try again this summer so he wants all the fish out which are just now good keeper size. Anyhow, it is full of junk ice. Probably 2-2.5" of it. Then I went to my neighbor's pond in the Bloomfield area. It is sheltered from the wind, but it also sits in a gully and drains a lot of water from two or three other ponds on top of the hill. That being said, in the two winters I've fished it, it has seemed to build ice fast and keep it. It was junk ice too!
I have no doubt there are some places with the right circumstances that are safe to fish. However, I would be very leery of trusting some of these reports and just go traipsing onto any frozen pond you see. Depending on how this next snow storm turns out, it will probably be worth checking again this Friday.
I walked on water yesterday on my buddy's pond in Monroe County. 4.5-5.5" mixture of clear and clouded ice. There were also some pure junk spots. I did a lot of spudding. Caught 4 fish. until next year.....
Greenedog: Yes but now I'm on my swing of working 6 out of 7 days working 12 hour shifts with a switch from days to nights in the middle. Whoever come up with this schedule was a psycho!
Jun 25, 2021 16:34:23 GMT -5
daybreak: Are you done covering for vacations yet, Troy?
Jun 23, 2021 19:45:44 GMT -5
Greenedog: Happy Father's Day to all the good dads out there!
Jun 20, 2021 18:17:09 GMT -5
Greenedog: The summer vacations have started and I have 60 hours of coverage next week. I'm too old for this crap! I just want to fish!
Jun 2, 2021 17:38:20 GMT -5
Greenedog: They were bedding in our ponds a couple weeks ago but this cool weather has them moved off.
May 12, 2021 9:55:20 GMT -5
fish371: Any signs of fish bedding yet? I'm coming down around the 19th and was looking for any information on bluegill.
May 8, 2021 11:17:37 GMT -5
Greenedog: They sure were at goosepondmonster's pit!
Mar 31, 2021 10:40:52 GMT -5
fish371: Are the fish biting down there yet?
Mar 30, 2021 19:35:48 GMT -5
Greenedog: Hey, I'm always open to a BB&B Fishtogether! LOL. If my work stays fully staffed I might get a little more time off this year and maybe we can do a meet up? Allegiant flights are cheap. I have no plans to move either, other than being a snowbird some day.
Jan 23, 2021 12:18:59 GMT -5
goosepondmonster: So...you are either moving down there or you are opening it up for the BB&B Florida Fishtogether.
Jan 22, 2021 9:32:18 GMT -5
Greenedog: Can't spill the beans just yet, but might be making a big announcement later this year in the "I love Astor" thread.
Jan 21, 2021 13:29:22 GMT -5
Greenedog: Get this night over with and I'm off until Christmas night. Hope you all have a great holidays! Merry Christmas!
Dec 19, 2020 20:05:07 GMT -5
daybreak: I'm going to acknowledge the anniversary, but quickly move on to the great year ahead! I'm ready for the new year!
Dec 14, 2020 8:31:11 GMT -5
Greenedog: It figures the 13th anniversary of BB&B would be in 2020.
Nov 27, 2020 9:52:15 GMT -5
Greenedog: Sorry, I just found the "gifs" on tapatalk.
Nov 14, 2020 17:34:44 GMT -5
Greenedog: Got 3 videos ready to upload but our darn internet has been to slow.
Oct 17, 2020 22:33:48 GMT -5
Greenedog: Better thanks! Tested negative for the covid. Had to make sure.
Sept 16, 2020 21:41:32 GMT -5
daybreak: How are you feeling now? Not the Covid, I hope!
Sept 15, 2020 18:30:14 GMT -5
Greenedog: Been working my butt off getting the property ready for the big wedding on Saturday and now I'm sick. Probably be spending the wedding in quarantine!
Sept 9, 2020 20:35:12 GMT -5