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Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« on: Mar 11, 2023, 06:05 PM »
My younger son and I ice fished Burnett's Pond in Savoy from 10:30 AM to 2 PM today.

The weather was mostly cloudy, with of-and-on flurries, and temps around 35 degrees.

There was about 12" to 14" on the trail down the hill from the parking lot, but once we got to the pond itself, the snow cover diminished  considerably. 

Although conditions varied from one part to the other, generally speaking there was about 3" or 4" of snow on top of a 2" crust of ice sitting on top of 4 or 5" of slush above another 8" or 9" of poor quality ice.

While not exactly pretty, at least it beat the miserably slushy conditions that I had to put up with on Plainfield Pond last Sunday.

But while the snow and ice conditions were certainly a big improvement, I'm afraid the fishing wasn't.

The entire time we were there, we only had a single flag, on which my son landed a decent (17") pickerel.

The jigging was even slower, without any action at all.

On the plus side, we did see an otter scampering around the periphery of the pond, as well as the usual conspiracy (or unkindness) of ravens flying about.

I also got in a couple loops around the pond on my cross-country skiis.

Then we picked up our gear and hiked back up the hill to our car and drove home.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #1 on: Mar 11, 2023, 06:44 PM »
Do you think Plainfield has improved at all since the last trip there?  Meaning deep slush.

Probably won't matter with this next storm coming. Just mess it all up again.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #2 on: Mar 12, 2023, 05:33 AM »
Do you think Plainfield has improved at all since the last trip there?  Meaning deep slush.
Probably won't matter with this next storm coming. Just mess it all up again.

I don't know now - - but I may be going that way today, and if I do, I'll try to check and let you know,

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #3 on: Mar 12, 2023, 08:42 AM »
Do you think Plainfield has improved at all since the last trip there?  Meaning deep slush.

Probably won't matter with this next storm coming. Just mess it all up again.

1 to 1.5ft of snow is going to slow things down for sure.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #4 on: Mar 12, 2023, 05:53 PM »
Keith:

I checked Plainfield just a little while ago and the slush problem is gone - - at least for now

Jim

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #5 on: Mar 13, 2023, 07:18 PM »
Keith:

I checked Plainfield just a little while ago and the slush problem is gone - - at least for now

Jim
Thanks Jim , looks like the problem is coming back 👎. Supposed to get the jackpot snow up there.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #6 on: Mar 13, 2023, 08:08 PM »
Thanks Jim , looks like the problem is coming back 👎. Supposed to get the jackpot snow up there.

So far, it's just been raining, lightly but steadily, where I live in "the valley" down the road from Plainfield.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #7 on: Mar 14, 2023, 04:52 AM »
So far, it's just been raining, lightly but steadily, where I live in "the valley" down the road from Plainfield.

After the storm its gonna be a little warmer, my seasons done.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #8 on: Mar 14, 2023, 06:22 AM »
So far, it's just been raining, lightly but steadily, where I live in "the valley" down the road from Plainfield.

As of 6:30 AM, there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground in my neck of the woods, and it's still coming down hard.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #9 on: Mar 14, 2023, 11:06 AM »
About a foot of snow now (12 noon), although it seems to be slowing down as I did my ski around Town.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #10 on: Mar 14, 2023, 03:16 PM »
I spoke too soon . . . it's picked up again.

And my neighbor tells me his brother in Windsor reported over 2 feet of snow.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #11 on: Mar 15, 2023, 10:32 AM »
Ended up with about a foot here.  Thank god for snowblowers.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #12 on: Mar 15, 2023, 12:07 PM »
I've been fishing the Rindge Keene NH area. 30+ in some areas up that way. I'm all set  with that. Maybe another trip to Champlain is in order
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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #13 on: Mar 15, 2023, 01:12 PM »
Hoping the snow settles , makes some slush then refreezes adding more white ice. There are some cold nights coming for Plainfield. Not super cold but low 20's .

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #14 on: Mar 15, 2023, 01:16 PM »
Final (?) tally for the NW corner of the State as of 2 PM today, there is about 2 feet of snow in "the valley" (e.g., North Adams) and about 3 feet in the "hill towns" (e.g., Plainfield).

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #15 on: Mar 15, 2023, 04:54 PM »
Final (?) tally for the NW corner of the State as of 2 PM today, there is about 2 feet of snow in "the valley" (e.g., North Adams) and about 3 feet in the "hill towns" (e.g., Plainfield).
Holy $%^&*&^%#@ !!!!
DAMN that kind of sucks. I saw a report that said 32" in Plainfield. Hoped it was wrong lol. A friend was on Ashfield Sunday and said there was 15" of ice.  Assuming Plainfield had the same if not a touch more.  Hard to say what 30+" of snow will do to that ice. Certainly push it down and allow water to mix with the snow making horrendous slushy conditions. 

Million dollar question
Will it get cold enough during the nights to freeze up that wet snow and slush making more ice?  Or will it just melt away the ice slowly and kill the entire season?

Not to mention the unseen hazards under all that snow. Old holes opening up to man swallowers .






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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #16 on: Mar 15, 2023, 05:14 PM »
Yes, the old holes are what scare me.  I was trying to bring out a friends grandson (8yrs old), but not when I can't see the surface of the ice.  Not this year.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #17 on: Mar 15, 2023, 09:32 PM »
A lot of 40s and near 50s in the forecast and the days being longer/sun stronger in mid march conditions are going to be a little scary. Hope everyone that ventures out is careful. I went out in conditions like this a couple years ago and we were falling through on the way back to shore, luckily only in about 1-2 feet of water.  Couldn't believe how fast 12+ inches of ice became dangerous.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #18 on: Mar 16, 2023, 12:51 PM »
Just got back from digging the camp out up in Plainfield.  We got 34"of new snow this past storm.  What a [email protected]%$* mess.  Unfortunately I didnt have a chance to make it to the pond to check it out, I need a nap
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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #19 on: Mar 16, 2023, 08:39 PM »
Just got back from digging the camp out up in Plainfield.  We got 34"of new snow this past storm.  What a [email protected]%$* mess.  Unfortunately I didnt have a chance to make it to the pond to check it out, I need a nap
I was gonna try and see about maybe going there Monday with a cold & windy weekend .
Thinking, hoping , some snow blows off and slush freezes up . A lot of wishful dreaming I think. 
Now I'm hearing another huge storm potential for Monday night and Tuesday! 

Can't believe how much 1 storm screwed us for March ice fishing!  Now a potential season ender coming!

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #20 on: Mar 17, 2023, 07:26 AM »
We got about a 12" at my house.  3 miles down the road 2".  Weird storm.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #21 on: Mar 18, 2023, 02:54 PM »
I checked two ponds in the "hilltowns" straddling northern Berkshire and western Hampshire Counties today.

The first was K of C (Hallockville) Pond in Hawley and the second was Burnett's Pond in Savoy.

The results were not encouraging.

In both cases, I had to walk thru knee deep snow to get to the pond.

And, once on it, there was several inches of snow on top of about a foot of slush over an indeterminate amount of ice.

My younger son also checked out Cheshire (2nd) Lake for me and reported the edges were totally shot, with no safe way to get out there.

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Re: Where the Otter and Ravens Do Play
« Reply #22 on: Mar 18, 2023, 03:59 PM »
I had a feeling it was bad!  Friend checked Ashfield & Plainfield. He said Ashfield wasn't plowed out so he went to Plainfield . It was plowed but he said you had to climb over MT Everest to just get to the ice. Crotch deep snow down to the ice. He said f that and went to check lower elevation like pontoosuc and onota .

 



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