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Old 02-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This may sound as a dumb question.
With lakes with no ice this year and ice were to form now, would it be considered early ice or late ice? I believe Mid to late ice based on the seasons of fish patterns. Is it based on when the ice forms or the patterns of fish since the oxygen levels would still be good and plant life would be sustained due to photosynthesis. That being said I believe you would fish closer to their spawning sites or staging sites, am I right.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The mountain lakes I fish have been pretty much "normal" so far this year, last year was a shorter season.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would consider ice conditions (early, mid, late) directly related to duration of sunlight. As of now imo we are in mid.
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Jighead i understand the conditions in the mountains tend to stay the same. I recently had to relocate to the midwest for a while and the lakes here for the most part have yet to freeze solid unlike other years. Therefore forage, oxygen levels and plant life is abundant. So therefore the fish I believe would still be a little sluggish but active. Been praying for continual cold conditions, but time is running out. I was just curious if anyone would know, should the ice freeze,what stage of ice it would be? By the Infisherman calender I believe mid winter, based on water temps, longer days.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of march and april ice in the mountains. the fish are starting to get ready for spring and are much more active than in feburary and late january. not to mention the weather is still in the pattern where it's pleasant during the day, even with the occasional snow showers blowing in.... and the nights stay cold enough to keep things capped. last year people were fishing into may, which I am bummed I missed. hopefully things will do the same thing this year so I can experience a may ice sesh...
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