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ICE FISHING FORECAST PART TWO
Gord Pyzer, shown here with a beautiful Northern Ontario walleye, says conditions are coming together perfectly for the start to the ice fishing season.
THIS WEEK'S FOCUS IS CONDITIONS IN NORTHEASTERN AND SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Will ice anglers be pleasantly surprised this winter? Keep reading to find out.
It just keeps on getting better.
Last week I reported on the early ice conditions in the Northwestern and Northcentral parts of the province and the fact that they are shaping up to be epic. This week, let's take a look at how things are coming together in Northeastern and Southern Ontario.
"I just got back from hunting deer in the Mattawa area," says North Bay ice fishing fanatic, Mat Koprash, "and I was thinking about how the weather is lining up for us to enjoy a quality winter. We have had single digit temperatures in early November and ice is forming fast. If we can continue to avoid heavy snowfall and highly fluctuating temperatures for a few more days, I think we are in for a stellar ice fishing season."
Mat Koprash is all smiles thinking about the way the current ice fishing season is shaping up. We’re betting he has jumbo yellow perch from Lake Nipissing on his mind. (Photo credit: Mat Koprash)
Koprash is quick to point out that ideal late fall and early winter conditions include stable sub-zero Celsius temperatures with minimal amounts of snow and rain. Heavy snow and copious rains weigh heavily on early ice causing it to sag and buckle, allowing lake water to flow up through the cracks creating slush on the surface. The lack of early season snow and rain so far this season, however, is allowing for the formation of a stable layer of black ice on the surface of many Northeastern Ontario water bodies.