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Two friends of mine fished Lake John yesterday on the North End near the shade shelters in 8-15 FOW. Bite was very light and they ended up getting skunked and discouraged. Ice is around 25" thick with 6" of snow on top. Water clarity was cloudy and they wondered if oxygen content was low as they did not have a hard hit all day. They said one other group landed 3 fish in the 12-16" range but in general was pretty slow around them.
 

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the water is cloudy at the delaneys also, i don't think the oxygen levels will cause that, i think it has something to do with the weeds fully dying, probably wrong, the fish at the delaneys seemed active, just not biting real good, i think that they are getting powered up for the spawn... the water almost looks like the sandy parts are getting stirred up, to stain the water as it was almost a milky color.
 

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I am not sure what the oxygen levels are there right now, if there is 6" of snow on the ice it may be blocking a lot of sun from getting through to keep the plants alive thus keeping better oxygen stability. I was told in the past when the plants/weeds start dying off the oxygen levels drop as they produce oxygen in the water. My one friend is a good fisherman and for him to get the skunk was a little surprising there.
 

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there has definitely been a lot of snow on all those lakes since the end of november. fish seemed pretty active still though,saw lots of activity on my vexilar. who knows? those lakes are always in danger of low oxygen levels. i'm heading up to the delaneys in the morning to try it again.. we caught a couple last sun, we'll see how they fish this weekend. i've had them fish like the fish are on fire before during late ice. and there have been times that i wondered if there were any fish left alive in there,like at the tournament this year(caught the skunk..)
 
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