Jeff Goldberg, the owner (corrected) of Fish307 in Lake George and later Queensbury, used to allay concerns about whether Lake George would freeze for the winter by pointing out the median date for freezing was the third week of January.
Well, we have reached that point of winter, and sure enough the cold that rolled in Monday and Tuesday put a film of ice atop the south end of the big lake. (Many of the bays have had ice for a few days.)
The north end also had some ice as well, though it was unclear how far south it extended.
Lake George Association spokesman Pat Dowd said the thin covering of ice "extended from near Sabbath Day Point down to the Narrows from what we can tell, as well as some in bays and he north and south ends."
"For what it is worth, when the lake does freeze, it is solid for an average of about 76 days. On average, the lake is frozen by Jan. 19 (and on average, frozen 62% of the time in January, when it freezes).
Dowd provided the following breakdown of how long Lake George was frozen the last nine winters:
2019: 81 days.
2018: Not completely.
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2017: 13 days (shortest in history).
2016: Not completely.
2015: 90 days.
2014: 82 days.
2013, 2012: Not completely
2011: 80 days.
2010: 63 days.
Whether it sticks around this winter remains to be seen. If the winds stay down, it could thicken up well Tuesday and Wednesday morning, before we see a temperature moderation later in the week.
It's nowhere near fishable, but it's got to start somewhere.
-- Don Lehman
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