Sunday, January 25, 2009

Frozen Furnace Lake

Where: Furnace Lake, Oxford, Warren County, Jersey
When: Saturday, January 24th, 2009, 8am-2pm
What: Tip-Ups with Shiners and Jigging Rods with Jigs and Mousies
Weather: 30-ish Degrees, 15-plus mph wind from the NW

The three of us had a nice day on Furnace Lake. The mountains and the tree line kept the wind at bay and the sun came out late in the morning. Shortly after the sun came out, the perch started biting. Only a few flags flew on the tip-ups, producing only one perch, but we jigged up a bunch of them. The highlight of the day was my friend pulling this 18-inch Rainbow through the ice.

This is truly a beautiful Lake regardless of whether it's frozen. I have seen it covered with ice in the Winter, colored with green in the Spring and surrounded by red and orange in the Fall. The Summer brings swimmers and day-trippers, therefore eliminating it's tranquility.

Furnace Lake is loaded with fish, and for one reason or another, does not get a ton of pressure like a lot of other Lakes in New Jersey. Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Trout can all be found in Furnace Lake, which also has a population of Muskellunge and Channel Catfish. This is a great place to hit up in the Spring or the Fall, or when there is safe ice in the Winter.

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