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North Park Conditions Report 1/8/17
1/9/2017
Credit:
Bill Wilcox, Lake John Resort
Ice Fishing/Conditions Report
Lake John
8, January, 2017

This past Saturday morning we woke up to 16 below zero, and that was 25 degrees warmer than it was Friday morning. About 3 feet of snow has fallen since New Years and the only thing that keeps it manageable are the high winds that are blowing some of it to Wyoming and Kansas. Lake John currently has about 16-17 inches of ice with nearly that much snow on top, although that didn’t keep trucks with adequate ground clearance and good tires from venturing on and off Lake John all weekend. The road coming into John from Walden, (do not try to come in from Cowdrey), has been kept in good shape, however the roads and parking areas around the lake will not be opened up until just before next weekend’s ice fishing contest.
I know of healthy quantities of fish caught on John this weekend, though most were last summer’s stockers. A good friend and his wife landed 14 fish, of which 2 were 18 and 1 was a heavy 21 inches. There is not much of a pattern to depth or location on Lake John with most anglers seeing and marking fish wherever their locale. Moving in or out is quicker and probably more productive than relocating to try a different area of the lake. Ice anglers have been offering the usual items and attractants such as Rat Finkees, Shrimpos, Ratsos, Atomic Teasers, and Kastmasters, along with a variety of tubes and soft plastics, including the frequent worm or piece of meat attached.

Stay tuned –
Bill