Just enough open water...
When: Thursday, January 5th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Lower Echo Lake
Weather: Cloudy, 37 degrees, N wind at 14mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.91in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a couple days before full
Water Conditions: Partly frozen
This was bound to happen sooner or later.
As I was driving around to my appointments today, I noticed that a lot of small ponds and puddles were frozen. Even though it's been quite cold the last couple days, it has also been very windy -- and that usually makes it more difficult for lakes to freeze. Since Lower Echo Lake is prone to getting blasted with some stiff winds, I was hoping there would be no ice when I got there.
When I saw the ice on Lower Echo Lake, I was a bit bummed at the idea of having to drive somewhere else. I had a Plan B in mind though, which was finding moving water such as the Rahway River. However, I was fairly confident, and hopeful, that it wouldn't come to that.
Down, but not out, I began to walk towards the other side of the lake to see if there was an area that was NOT frozen
I still had to contend with a about 6 feet of ice on the shoreline, but there was plenty of room do some fishing. I pasted some Power Bait on a small baithold, cast it out and...
Thirty minutes went by, and I went home.
I have to admit, as I was walking back to my car, I questioned myself for the first time in awhile...am I going to be able to hack this? If this winter is anything like last winter, I'll be in rough shape. I have though, been extremely lucky so far with the weather, snow and ice. This bit of frozen water today was an inconvenience, but it should be gone in a day or two. The 10-day forecast doesn't look like it will be making too much more ice, which brings me halfway through the winter.
Although I'm missing the ice fishing a bit, I'm digging my chances of making it until the Spring.