UPDATED Wednesday: The Lake George Association has formally declared Lake George iced in, after the north end froze Tuesday, the 6th time in the last 10 years it froze. Some ice fishing is occurring on the south end, the Narrows and some bays, but ice is very thin on much of the lake.
Tuesday morning was one of the coldest we've had around here in years, so if the bulk of Lake George was going to freeze, it would be this morning as the winds died down.
It appears that Harris Bay is frozen out past Long Island, and ice fishermen were out this morning. I got a call from a Hague resident who said the much of the north end buttoned up this morning as well.
"It's been trying for a week or so, but in Hague/Silver Bay it's never closed until it is," said Pat Dowd, communications director for LGA. "We are hoping it stays closed for awhile to kill the Asian clams with the cold."
The bays that froze before the last two days are piled with snow, including the south end off Million Dollar Beach, so that is a problem for ice fishing. In addition to making it tougher to move around, it insulates ice and keeps it from thickening as well as hides weak spots.
The warm temperatures and rain that are coming this week are going to make frozen lakes and ponds a big mess, but the cold will return for the weekend and for much of next week as well.
For those who plan to head out, Saturday is the annual David Cunniff Tourney on Glen Lake, headquartered at the Docksider restaurant, doors opening at 5:30 a.m. The annual crappie/pike derby is set for Feb. 8 on Cossayuna Lake, headquartered at Smiley's Bait in Argyle.
-- Don Lehman