March 1 opener

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  1. m.albrecht@comcast.net

    m.albrecht@comcast.net Member

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    With the March opener being just a few weeks away do any of you know how the ice is on the basin lakes? Does Lenore and the other spots going to be free of ice or are they right now?
    Thank you for any info!
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The ice fishermen were fishing Moses Lake as late as last Tuesday morning if that's any indication of ice conditions. I don't know if these were skinny ice fishermen or fat ice fishermen.
     
  3. Wayne Kohan

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    There is no ice on Tri Cities ponds and lakes right now. Last week the local park pond that is used for kids fishing was iced over entirely but it cleared up early this week. As far as Lenice? not sure but would not expect it to be iced over by March 1 unless the weather changes abruptly.

    Wayne
     
  4. Scott Salzer

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    Wayne:

    You been laying low. You going to try for the opener?

    MB
     
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    Most of the the lakes around Ellensburg are partially ice free with more open water every day.
     
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    Thanks for tjhe updates. It sounds like most of the lakes will be open!
     
  7. Wayne Kohan

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    I've been getting my butt kicked on the steelhead fishing this year. Not much to talk about there. Hope to hit the first weekend but depends on my daughter's volleyball schedule. She has tournaments most weekends in March, but some are only one day tournaments.
    Tying up a lot of lake flies now though.

    Wayne
     
  8. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Wayne:

    Just have to give you a bad time. The family stuff is much more important, and is finite - enjoy it while you can. Mine are older now and I do miss(?) those days.

    We'll see each other, hopefully this year.

    I do like the Walker bay.

    MB
     
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    On Friday I drove out to Spokane on 90 and made my way back on Hwy 2 -> 17 past sun lakes area and Ephrata. Moses and Sprague are frozen and there were several ice fishers on Sprague. The south end of Banks is frozen. I didn't stop to see Dry Falls. Park Lake is frozen. Parts of Blue lake and Lenore were open. Soap lake was wide open. Hope this helps.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The shallow end of Beda was open. That's less than 1000' elevation. Leniece and Nunnally are a bit lower. I was in the area chasing the wily coyote today. Most of the seep lakes were frozen. I checked out Warden and the Sage Lakes.
     
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    Nunnally was ice free sat. 2/9.
     
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    Normally for the opener Lenore has quite a bit of open water on the north end, south end and portion of midlake usually has some ice. Depends on the weather and winds, nights have been and are forecast in the mid 20's but low 40's in the daytime so should be fishable. Dry Falls is froze solid but an Apr. 1 opener so it will be good to go.
     
  13. Scott Salzer

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    No ice on the Nunnally chain. Lakes not even close to beingn ice free: Lenore, Quiny & Burke.

    MB
     
  14. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    As of what date for the checking?

    Just want to know as I looked at one lake in the morning and it had ice and the next day it was ice free. Couldn't believe it. The lake I looked at was not one you mentioned. I don't think it had a name.
     
  15. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Last Friday, recent. I would have posted sooner but I was down in the sun of Palm Desert.

    Ah, one of Zen's secret spots.

    MB
     
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    Weather forecast shows night time temps as 32-34 deg. I would think with the day time temps in the high 40's low 50's it should stay ice free. I'm getting pumped for the opener. I might even have to fish a bobber for a little while.:D
     
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    You are good for about 5 minutes, then back to the cammo carey.....

    MB
     
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  18. zen leecher aka bill w

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    Nope, just a highway side pond with no name. I think also no fish but does have lots of ducks....but in a no shooting area.
     
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    I'll break through if needed, I'm still over there for the 1st.
     
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    OK, since I plan on spending more than 5 minutes over in the "darkside" and heard some of those chironomid guys dabble with a San Juan Worm. I figured I better tie some up in addition to my other nymphs, leeches and streamers.
     

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