Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 7, 2014 | Permalink
Ice Conditions Still good at Deep Creek
Location: Deep Creek Lake
This past Saturday, a friend and some family joined me on the ice of Deep Creek to try and ice a few Yellow Perch. The weather was great, with good cloud cover, a falling barometer, and warm temperatures. The fish were very cooperative as well, which was perfect for my two cousins who were ice fishing newcomers. I would comment on a pattern, but really about everything was working. Light colors, dark colors, bigger jigs, smaller jigs, etc. etc. We did get most of our fish jigging with small jiggin’ raps and tungsten Fiskas jigs, both tipped with maggots, but we experimented and found that just about every presentation was working. The tipups were productive as well, with a fair number of fish coming on them, including some pickerel and a nice largemouth. All of the fish came from less than 15 feet of water and seemed to be relating to the edge of the old weedline from the summer. All tolled, we managed our five man limit of perch ranging from 10-15”, with a few pickerel for fish cakes. Two nice bonus ‘gills have a date with the frying pan as well. It was a great day on the ice with good friends… and now if it would only melt!!!
Ice conditions were still good with plenty of good black ice. There are a few inches of ‘slush ice’ on top from the recent snow melt, which got a little sloppy as the day went on. Warmer weather seems to be slowly approaching, so watch the edges and always drill test holes to make sure the ice is safe! Good luck out there!