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THE BAIT SHOP GUY

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LBDN ice conditions
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:37:49 AM »

The entire upper bay is covered with 2 to 6 inches of ice.

The Yellow Gate and Days River access sites are both open.

With more ice on the bay, we are going to our regular winter hours, being open every day, 7am to 5pm Eastern time.

We are supposed to have sunny skies and highs near 40 degrees, the next two days. Hard to say how bad that will hurt the ice and shorelines. Looking at the 10 day forecast, we won't have good ice making conditions again until around Christmas.

Be careful out there.

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/49829:4:US
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 10:15:51 AM »

 Incident sun angle is still dropping until the winter solstice, so radiant energy driven ice rot will be minimized since the sun is not going to get very high and stay up as long, particularly if there is snow cover on the existing ice sheet to deflect energy back into the atmosphere...
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 05:29:05 AM »

I think he said, the days are short, so, with a little snow cover, the sunny days shouldn’t hurt the ice too bad. 👍
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 01:38:42 PM »

We were hearing 3 to 6 inches on the bay, north of Gladstone, prior to warm weather this past week. I wouldn't take a quad out, and I'd say even foot traffic is marginal along the shoreline, right now.

Doesn't look like we'll have any real ice making conditions again until this weekend - https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/49829:4:US
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 09:24:17 AM »

Prior to this weeks snow storm, we had at least 6 to 9 inches of good ice on the whole bay north of Gladstone. The lower bay had just skimmed over on the 3rd or 4th, and probably only had 2 to 3 inches of ice.

After the storm on the 7th, we had 5 to 6 inches of heavy, wet snow. On the 8th, guys said it was very wet and sloppy on the ice, and that they were completely soaked by the time they got to their fishing spots on their quads. Nightime temps have been getting into the teens and single digits, and will continue for the next week, so hopefully most of the slush will be turned to ice by the weekend.

Got several reports that portables were seen off the Terrace, (south of Gladstone,) yesterday. If that's the case, then the area off the Gladstone harbor should be safe again this weekend.
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 09:50:15 AM »

With all the recent snow, travel on the bay north of Gladstone, has become very difficult. Snowmobiles and tracked quads or side by sides, are the best option. Even jacked up 4WD trucks are getting stuck. Be sure to bring a shovel and someone to help push, if you decide to go that route!

South of Gladstone, the travel is much better for trucks, at least as far south as the Escanaba River. ORV's and sleds would be best if traveling south of Escanaba.

Overall, the walleye bite is slow, (pretty typical for this time of year.) You'll probably mark good numbers of fish in the bay, but only about one in fifteen bites! A few big fish have been caught south of Esky, all the way to Ford River and No-See-Um Creek. That said, once the weekend crowd shows up over that shallow, clear water, the bite shuts off!

Perch fishing has been good on the upper bay, if you can get out. Wigglers in the deeper 25 to 40 foot depths have been the best bet. We're also starting to hear of a few being caught off the Gladstone harbor, along the drop-off in about 30 feet of water. Minnows and wigglers have both been working there.

Pike have been biting well, throughout the bay. Several large fish over 40 inches, (up to 47 inches!) were caught this past weekend. Most are caught on tip-ups with sucker minnows or golden shiners. Many have also been caught while jigging for walleyes.

A few anglers are now targeting whitefish in the bay. Some have been caught off the Gladstone harbor and the Terrace, but most are being caught off the Escanaba harbor in 45 to 70 feet of water. Shiners or rosy reds, fished dead, right on the bottom, seems to be the best technique. They don't catch the same numbers here, as they do in southern Green Bay, but the fish seem to be bigger on average. Whitefish in the 20 to 26 inch range are fairly common.

The ten day forecast looks really good, starting this weekend. https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/49829:4:US Hopefully a long stretch of stable weather will help turn the walleye bite back on. If nothing else, it will make for more comfortable fishing, out on the ice.

Good luck out there!
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 10:19:04 AM »

Marquette and east are getting another 'healthy' dose of wind propelled white stuff. How goes it down in the banana belt?
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 10:33:51 AM »

Same
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Re: LBDN ice conditions
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2019, 04:45:36 PM »

Snow shoes or snowmobiles. That's about the only way you're going to get out on the ice right now.

About the only good news we've heard this week is that after the weekend storm, the snow was packed down enough to make it easier travel for sleds. That said, there's still at least 6 to 8 inches of slush under all the snow on the upper bay.

Much less slush south of Gladstone, but still lots of snow. You can get access at the Gladstone harbor, The Terrace, and next to T.D. Vinette's. The city has been dumping all the snow around the Escanaba beach house and band shell, making access for Portage Point difficult.

Only about two weeks of walleye season left. Get out and enjoy it, if you can.
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