Took a ride out to Round Valley to see how the ice was breaking up. I had heard people were ice fishing it up to a few days ago, but it has been rather warm lately. As you can see from the pictures below, a significant amount of ice has melted and the majority of the main lake is ice free.
I walked around the dirt ramp area and spoke to some shore fishermen who were trying their luck in the open water (you can just make out their silhouettes above), but no one had anything to report. If the temps stay above freezing, I can see ice-out happening in the next week or two.
Apparently the people below couldn’t wait. Don’t know how they got their boat into the water, but there was a parks department officer eagerly awaiting their return and I noticed some tickets on their vehicle’s windshield as I left (I assume it was their vehicle, it was the only one with an empty boat trailer attached to it).
In the above photo, the dark horizontal line indicates the end of ice and beginning of open water. Also checking out the conditions near the boat launch were long-time Round Valley fishermen and Hunterdon Anglers president Ed Harabin and his friend Mike.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/humanplanet The people of Kangiqsujuaq in Canada go to great lengths to add variety to their diet of seal meat, venturing under the sea ice during the extreme low tides of the spring equinox to gather mussels.
It’s a race against time. They have less than half an hour to search these temporary caverns before the tide rushes back in. A look-out keeps watch for the returning tide, but warning shouts can’t be too loud in case the echoes bring down the ice.
I went under the ice at Round Valley once… though it was unintentional. A friend and I fell through when were only 16 years old. Luckily we were in about 3 feet of water and just found ourselves standing there up to our belt loops in ice-water. I’ll never forget how quickly it happened though AND how quickly our muscles locked up from the shock. Have you ever gone “under” the ice?
Round Valley was swarming with ice fisherman this Sunday February 6th. Was there a football game being played later in the day? It took me by surprise to see so many people milling about and fishing through the ice, but the last storm that rolled through here deposited a nice layer of the thick stuff.
Fishermen can be seen all the way towards the middle of the lake.
The ice was a solid 6 to 5 inches all the way to the North Tower and back to the fishing boat launches, though there were a few patches of open water as can be seen above to the left.
On the ice I ran into Round Valley Trout Association executive board member Mike Kalinchock and a friend of his who had two nice keeper Lake Trout in their sled.
The smaller fish was caught on a tip-up and the larger fish was jigged, both in about 70 feet of water.
A little further out Ed Pearce from Pattenburg, NJ was having success in about 80 feet of water. Ed had a nice little setup you can see in the background with his fishfinder zoomed in on the bottom. We actually saw a few signals come and investigate his jig.
19.75″ Lake Trout Jigged by Ed Pearce from Pattenburg, NJ
On the way back in I stopped off the dirt boat launch area to chat some fellas up and ran into one of my most loyal readers – Nicholas! Round Valley fisherman are probably quite familiar with Nicholas who can often be found reeling in trout and bass from the shoreline.
Frank and son Nicholas from Manville, NJ enjoying some ice fishing on Round Valley Reservoir.
With warmer weather approaching it is best to be on the safe side ice fishing Round Valley. Call ahead to Lebanon Bait and Sport (908) 236-9466 for ice conditions or call the ranger station (908) 236-6355 directly.
Took a walk out to Round Valley to check on the ice situation. Two weeks ago, the main lake was open but today it is almost completely locked in ice.
Here is the view from the top of the concrete boat launch. They plowed the snow into a nice pile at the bottom so even if the ice starts to melt you are going to have a heck of a time launching a boat till the snow mound melts.
Walking across the dike separating the main lake and swimming area. The view is to the NorthEast. Continue reading →