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North Park Ice Fishing Report December 13, 2009
12/13/2009
Credit:
Bill Willcox Lake John Resort
North Park Ice Fishing Report

December 13, 2009



We have all heard the saying, " It's not nice to fool Mother Nature". Well, someone must have put crumbs in her panties because last week, she was pissed, and as I'm writing this, she still is. For 5 of the last 6 days I have shoveled and plowed out the Resort, and by the looks of the weather report, I have 2 more days to go. But that makes it Tuesday, my day off, so hopefully I can trade in my shovel for an ice fishing rod, because the last time I was out was Thanksgiving Day. Unless someone else comes along and makes a fool of the "Old Hag", and then we'll probably have to start all over again, and things will begin to resemble the winter of 2 years ago.... Thank you, I'm done whining now. (However if this weather does persist, I reserve the right to continue whining again next week.)



Due to last week's nasty weather, very few anglers ventured out, however, the weekend saw several groups on all area lakes. Most who stuck it out and braved the storm were rewarded. Lake John continues to fish slow but consistent for big 'Bows. I just now took a break from writing to measure a 5 and a half pound, 21 incher, caught on a gold Kastmaster here along the west shore of Lake John. Another group from our cabins fished Lake John over the weekend, catching several up to four pounds, using a variety of jigs tipped with mealworms and waxworms. There doesn't seem to be a consistent pattern as far as what to use. Some fish were caught in water as deep as 16 ft., so trying different depths may be the key to success on Lake John.



A second group from our cabins tried South Delaney on Saturday, having success off the west shore near the north end, landing 36 fish between them. Almost all had to be released because they were 'Bows and Cutts in the slot. Tube jigs in various colors proved most productive. Once again fish were caught in up to 15 foot depths. This was the third such report in the last week of South Delaney producing fast action and good fish. North and East Delaney have been fair to good. Sorry, no reports this week on Cowdrey Lake.



Even though the weather hasn't been fit for Eskimos, patient anglers putting in their time on area lakes are finding it worthwhile. But safety becomes a factor, because road conditions to and around all lakes are currently treacherous and drifted, and even though there's a good 12 inches of ice on all area lakes, only ATVs and snowmobiles have ventured out. Use caution because heavy snow on lake surfaces can create slushy spots. Hopefully, our intrepid county road crews will have things cleared up and passable as soon as the weather breaks. Until then, use common sense because wreckers are scarce and expensive up here. And I will apologize in advance, because I won't be able to rescue anyone this year -- my plow truck has already been in the shop twice this season, and will be reserved for plowing only.



Bill Willcox

Lake John Resort