I finished installing a new fishfinder on my kayak and just could not wait to try it out. If you are interested in the installation process, I plan to add a post to the kayak board later tonight.
I arrived at the ramp around 1:00 to 40-deg air and sun. I had not anticipated any frozen water issues, but as soon as I pulled up to the ramp in Weems Creek it was apparent that the creek was iced up at least half way across. I expected the ice to be skim ice, but I was wrong. I slid the boat into the water and had to crunch my way through ice of greater than 1/4 inch thick until I got to the main channel in the creek. Some sheltered spots between the ramp and the river that I had planned to fish today were ice covered. I could move through the area but could not get a lure into the water. Even if I could have gotten the lure in, the loud crunching of ice would have scared off the fish.
I paddled out to the river and headed upstream to the next small creek, just above the Rt 50 bridge. I could only get a short distance into the creek, then the rest of the creek was frozen solid.
I returned to Weems, and went upstream past the ramp. I found a few areas along the shore that were not covered with ice. I cast live minnows through the areas but got no action at all. It was quite interesting to see the bottom contours in areas where I have been paddling and fishing blind for years.
Between the two Weems Creek bridges, I saw Goose's former boat -- the Blue Goose. It is still in the water and looked mighty cold today, surrounded by skim ice.
In one of the other recent posts, there was some discussion of a sunken sailboat. The first photo shows the location of where that sailboat used to be -- just to the right of the brown boat house. It has been gone since summer.
To sum up the afternoon, it was fun punching through the ice. I loved how well the new fishfinder worked. I was not able to fish in the areas I wanted to try, and could not get a bite in the limited areas where I could fish.
Scout 162 Sportfish, Native Watercraft Manta 14
Oh, man... the ice is coming early this year... bodes well for the current leaders, but not so well for the rest of us.
Looks like a warming spell next week - hopefully that'll get us back in business.
BTW, John: there were 2 sunken sailboats... one on the shore (where you were looking), and the other further up the creek (completly submerged in the middle of the creek). Glad to hear the other one is gone, too.
Thanks for the cool pics... congrats on getting the fish finder installed... now if it would only find you some fish!
Hi John . Enjoyed the pics. Ice sure can put a damper on our fun. Thanks for the pics though. That first one sure looks inviting. I'd definetly like to spend some time there . Looking forward to a catching report .
John, thanks for the report and pics. Hopefully today's warmer air temps will thaw out any ice and the fish will start biting again.
Carolina Skiff 16 DLX
I encountered the same thing on Friday John. I actually broke the ice along our community pier out to open waters of the creek. Hopefully that channel I created is still open. Only one side of the creek had ice along the shore, and nothing at its head. I was wondering about you Weems Guys. I passed over that creek twice yesterday and saw that is was froze from the draw bridge on up.
We crossed westward on the Severn River bridge on our way home from church about 10:00 this morning. I could see that most of the creek just upstream of the bridge was still ice-covered. That is where I tried to fish yesterday.
What a bite -- two nice weekend days in January and the darn fishing grounds are ice-covered.
Scout 162 Sportfish, Native Watercraft Manta 14
Greg, can you get either of your skiffs out? Tide's 'way out. The big flat down here w/ the boathouses is clear and sunny, and I'm sure it has fish on it. I'd be wading it this AM but for the little repair done on me Thursday at AAMC.
Love the new setup! You aren't messing around with the fish finder install!
Hard to believe that there is that much ice already! Like Larry was saying, I believe it is supposed to get up to 62 tomorrow so hopefully that will warm it up a few degrees!
Sorry to get back to you so late JP, but things are tied up for me today with the kids. I can always get something out. Let me rephrase that, I can usually get something out.
Right now, I'm messing with both a kayak and my old rowboat. I'm doing some general rigging on the kayak, and in the process of totally restoring my old row boat. Still have a crappy canoe though for messing about. The Whaler, she's out of the water.
One more thing JP, don't give those guys too many pointers, this is for serious bragging rights.
Mr. Veil- nice work on the yak. I hope the ice thaws so we both can enjoy some back creek fishing.