With cold weather finally upon us most people's minds are turning to ice fishing. I know I am getting the itch to get out on the hard water. If we get the temps that they are calling for I would say we should be on the ice by the weekend.
Remember to use caution make sure there is at least 4 inches of ice before fishing. Always take someone with you and make sure you have rope and ice spikes in case one of you does go through. If you are unsure of the ice thickness bring a spud and use it on your way out. I am going to take a drive tomorrow and check some local conditions.
Here is a list of places that normally lock up first in the Upstate NY area.
These places are in no specific order. They are just areas where there is public access that I have been able to get on the ice early in the past.
Don't forget if you can't get out on the ice, the steelhead fishing has been great on the Salmon River. I am offering drift boat trips on the Salmon River and Oswego River all winter long.