I know it has been some time since I have put fingers to keyboard, but hopefully that can now change. The weather is in transition here in the North Park region, and rather abruptly I might add. Up until this elk season, hunters begged for some snow. Now, during the fourth season, their begging for it to stop. The white stuff came with wind, bitter cold, then wind again, and still managed to put a thin cap on a few impoundments.
Lake John was pretty much covered on the south end and all along the entire west side — that is until yesterday’s 40 degrees and last night’s wind. A lot of the ice is still there but it took a good hit. As of today, open water is still available for shore fishing in some places, but I no longer recommend boats. All docks are out.
The Delaneys are dealing with the same stats. As of yesterday morning, East Delaney was pretty much covered, with North and South Lakes just beginning their winter lids. I do not know their status after last night.
We are currently in a conversion situation. How long it takes to convert the soft water into safe, fishable ice will be totally up to Mother Nature, or Old Man Winter if you prefer, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ll keep you posted.