We are just entering December and we already have small lakes with as much as 10” of ice! Of course the larger lakes like Minnewaska, Miltona, Ida and Carlos will have far less ice and possibly still areas of open water. With that said many of the smaller to medium sized lakes have a significant amount of ice already. Over the past week I’ve seen a lot of permanent houses getting pulled out on the ice with ATV’s. I wouldn’t recommend it yet, but there has been some vehicle travel on a number of smaller lakes as well.
The walleye and crappie have been the main target for most anglers. The walleye anglers I’ve talked to are picking up a few nice fish each time out. The crappie fishing has been even better. I’ve heard both good numbers and size being caught around the area. As always the mornings and evenings have been best for both species.
It sure is great to see such good fishing already and we’re just getting started! As always with early ice, be extra cautious out there and stay safe! For a few tips on how to be extra cautious on early ice, check out my last post HERE.