Ice Fishing/Conditions Report Lake John/Delaney Butte Lakes 29, November, 2015
Bill Willcox, Lake John Resort
The ice on Lake John has only been fishable for 5 days now, however the last few of these have produced the better bite. During the first couple days, the ice resembled a pane of clear glass, quite strong for its thickness, though nearly transparent. With no snow, the see-through cover was cool to look through, however it worked both ways. Unlike a one-way mirror, the fish could see — and probably feel — you too. Surely even better due to the bright sky above. By my reports a few fish were caught, but the bite was soft and the fish spooky. But, each of the last several mornings, we have awakened to at least some snow, now totaling over 4 inches. After which, the reports of the bite and the catch improved. Even though some smaller fish are being landed, larger fish in the 2 to 3 pound class are common with a couple reported near 4 pounds and over 20 inches. One group of four fishermen reported landing nearly 30 fish between them, with only 8 to 10 being of the smaller class.
There is no real pattern to where on the lake the bite is best, with groups drilling in all the usual places. Ice thickness is a fairly steady 4-5 inches currently, however I did hear of a fisherman getting more than a soaker near some rocks at the south end. He said where he was walking, the ice was only about 3 inches. Stay alert and use caution and common sense. Until the ice thickens, and still even then, stay away from rocky points and small grass islands which are probably muskrat houses. They hold heat and produce weak ice. What I gather from my conversations about offerings is that anglers are presently using the old standbys that have always worked on Lake John — Rat Finkee’s and Jigs tipped with meal worms or shrimp, Minnow Tubes, Gitzits, Kastmasters, etc.
The information I collected from my few conversations about the Delaney’s, was that the North Lake was doing very well with quantities of fish. One group of fishermen told me they did fairly well on the South Lake also. Remember, flies and lures only on all of the D.’s and watch the limits and slots. Have a tape measure handy if you plan to keep a fish, so you don’t have to leave the trout lay on the ice any longer than is necessary while you go off to locate one. Many of these fish look longer than they actually are because they’re so fat and healthy. Ice conditions on the Delaney’s were fairly close to those of John, although I did hear of maybe a half inch less ice over on South. In any case, be careful. Snow can change the make-up, thickness and strength of ice quickly on any lake with its insulation factors.
P.S. Don’t forget the upcoming Ice fishing Contests:
Lake John/Cowdrey Lake - Jan. 9 & 10, 2016
Delaney Butte Lakes - Feb. 6, 2016
by: hunter creek on 12/1/2015 11:06:00 AM
Thanks for the periodic updates from up there. Without these there is generally no information on this forum.
by: wickedfisha on 12/7/2015 7:53:00 AM
Thanks a ton. The North Park updates are invaluable.