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HOPATCONG on 12/17
« on: Dec 14, 2005, 11:42 AM »

I am thinking of heading out to the state park area on Saturday - any reports on the ice would be appreciated!!!

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #1 on: Dec 14, 2005, 11:43 AM »
I am thinking about doing the same thing.......

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #2 on: Dec 14, 2005, 11:48 AM »

Cool (or "cold", may be more appropriate)!!

I'll be wearing a green coat and have a red auger.  Stop by and say hello.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #3 on: Dec 14, 2005, 12:18 PM »
I am thinking about doing the same thing.......

re your pm - I am not sure if the state park area is also called Lees State Park.  Maybe someone else knows.  The one I go to is not far north of Route 80 on the west side of the lake.  Lst year, there was a bait shop at 206 Landing Road (973) 770-8318, and one right at the tip of the lake, across the street to the right as you make the left-hand turn (973) 398-5707.

I haven't tried calling them this year, so I don't know if they are open yet.


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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #4 on: Dec 14, 2005, 12:35 PM »
Lee's Park is on the east shore and they don't let us fish there!  >:(
No safe ice there yet either.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #5 on: Dec 14, 2005, 01:22 PM »
The bait shop your thinking about is Lakes End MArina ... right in Landing.  Normally they are open in the morning when the ice is there and the fisherman are too. 

Last weekend on Saturday (arounf 11 am) they were closed. 

Im going to try and get out there Saturday too :D


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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #6 on: Dec 14, 2005, 01:25 PM »
How come you cant fish from Lees park ..... isint it a public park owned by Morris County ? 


Lee's Park is on the east shore and they don't let us fish there!  >:(
No safe ice there yet either.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #7 on: Dec 14, 2005, 01:36 PM »
Yes but they don't allow fishing from the docks when they're open and they close for the winter and fence it off. They don't want the liability is what I heard.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #8 on: Dec 14, 2005, 01:41 PM »
Ahhhhhhh .. i can see that i guess. 

I rember last year driving by there and seeing the fence .. it wasnt until a month ago i realized that that was a county park though. 

Its harder and harder to get access to fish these days. 

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2005, 03:15 PM »
Never fished Hopatcong -- so exactly where is the State Park access???  Are you certain there is safe ice for this weekend???



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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #10 on: Dec 14, 2005, 04:09 PM »


IB:

The state park is not too far north of route 80.  If you go to the New Jersey DEP website and look at the state park section you can get directions.  I forget what exit it is, but once you get off route 80, you pretty much just follow the signs.  When you hit the light at the intersection where the lake is right in front of you, go to the left and the park entrance is will be right up the road on your right.

I don't know if the ice is safe yet, hopefully someone will post a report.


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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #11 on: Dec 14, 2005, 06:50 PM »
the exit off rt 80 is ledgewood rt 10 and with this cold weather safe ice wont be a problem just dont go by the dam area and you shuld be ok i might hit the lake sunday i have work saturday if not this week next for sure good luck to you guys and the state park doesnt open till 800 am yull miss the first light bite

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #12 on: Dec 15, 2005, 08:07 AM »
The storm coming in tonight is starting as snow then changing over to sleet/freezing rain then into rain and being in the 40* range for Friday. Then in the lower 30* range for Sat/Sun. Do you think this will kill the fishable ice?

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #13 on: Dec 15, 2005, 11:57 AM »
I dont think its going to effect the ice too much.  ITs going to snow then change to sleet ... by the time some rain mixes in it should be all but over in the northern areas .. plus its colder there to begin with.  Also, there is some snow cover and this does wonders to absorb that nasty rain.

Once this moves through its going to get cold again with arctic air moving in and looking clear for at least the next week. 

Just be careful .... check the thickness and watch for other people out.  This early in the year its anyones guess as to the thickness.  Better safe than sorry  :tipup:

Ill be at hopatcong Sunday... hopefully icefishing :D ... good luck to all.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #14 on: Dec 15, 2005, 12:22 PM »
You guys are CRAZY!!!  But maybe I'll take a ride up there and just maybe I'll have some fishing gear with me. ;)
People think we're crazy but we know better!

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #15 on: Dec 15, 2005, 12:37 PM »
Crazy ... HAHAHAHAHAHA .... just a little ice insanity !!!!!!!   But wait, one persons insanity is another person genious  :blink:

Bring the fishing gear !   

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #16 on: Dec 15, 2005, 12:54 PM »
I might just do that!
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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #17 on: Dec 15, 2005, 02:55 PM »
Just talked my buddy into blowing off plans with the wife for this weekend........ we'll be seeing you at Hopatcong!! ;D ;D



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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #18 on: Dec 15, 2005, 02:56 PM »
Yea !!!!!!   now thats the ticket !!!! 

See ya on the ice :D

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #19 on: Dec 15, 2005, 03:13 PM »
I hate to sound like a sissy,but does anyone ice thickness information.

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Re: HOPATCONG on 12/17
« Reply #20 on: Dec 15, 2005, 04:16 PM »
There is 5 inches at the state park, it will be GOOD for the weekend.

 



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