Lake John Resort
Lake John Marina
At a risk of throwing a wrench into the gear box, North Park hasnít had a notable snowstorm in 3 days. The county road crews are beginning to catch up, the wind is not currently blowing, and this weekendís weather is supposed to be pretty decent. The road from Walden to Lake John is in good shape because the county grader has been out several times this week. DO NOT TRY TO COME IN FROM COWDREY! He also just now finished opening up more of the parking area by the picnic spots below the Resort. This is the easiest place at this time for entry onto the lake to fish. The road along the west side of the lake, past the choke cherry bushes to the south end, is not presently open and probably wonít be until warmer weather. There is about a foot of snow on top of 20 inches of ice, but no entrance to the lake surface for trucks. If you want to access the south end, or other distant fishing spots on the lake, a snow machine is your best bet.
The people that I have talked to who fished L.J. this week, did fairly well in the numbers department. Action has been good for fish up to 14 inches, though the larger fish have been slippery. Anglers who can observe from above in an ice hut, have the advantage and are spotting some huge fish, though getting them to commit is tough. Most fishermen are offering small jigs and lures tipped with a piece of meat such as a meal or wax worm, chunk of crawler, egg, or portion of shrimp. Rat Finkees, Shrimpos, Ratsos, tear drops, tubes and Kastmasters are all popular. Maribou jigs, HD Ice or a Jigging Rapala is also worth a try. If youíre into flies, a Matuka or Damsel Nymph is the ticket. Most action is in 8-14 feet of water, but if thatís not working, move in or out. A report from Cowdrey Lake this week said the road to the lake with a parking area is open and the fisherman caught a limit of pan size fish in less than 2 hours. Not bad if things are slow elsewhere. The main road is open through the Delaney Lakes, however things should be opened up totally around the Dís by the end of next week. That ice fishing contest is to be held on February 4, providing we donít have another weather disaster. I have not heard a fishing report from any of the Delaneyís in a while.