Lake Hopatcong showing Very Dangerous Ice Conditions

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Lake Hopatcong conditions show a possible early end to ice-fishing on the lake as ice breaks and thickness falls to about 4 inches.

Weekly reports from Dow Boat Rentals included heavy warnings about the ice on Lake Hopatcong, as the shores start to melt, and the overall thicknesses of the is about 4”, before the mid-week warming trend coming up this week.

This may put a damper on the “Knee Deep Club - 2018 Ice Fishing Contest #3” that is scheduled for March 4th, 2018, unless we see a major change in the weather.

Here is what was reported recently on Lake Hopatcong by Dees Boat Rentals:

A handful of people did ice-fish on Saturday after the freezing temps the night before. They reported the following catches…

  • Several pickerel and perch caught in the shallower water
  • Walleye jigged up out of deeper water off Chestnut Point.


Next Ice Fishing Contest:

The Knee Deep Club will hold the third 2018 Ice Fishing contest on Sunday March 4, 2018. The contest will begin at 6 AM and conclude at 4PM.The contest entry fee is $20.00 for club members and $25.00 ($20.00 fee plus $5.00 non-member fee).

Cash prizes will be based on an 80% pay out of entry fees for each of these three categories: Perch/Crappie, Pickerel and all other species (excluding Muskies).

Top finishers will be based on weight and any ties will be broken by which fish was entered first.

Please read the entry form for complete rules, entry forms are available on line at,, or at the Clubs’ official weigh stations located at: Dow’s Boat Rental, Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong, and Lake’s End Marina, Mount Arlington Blvd, Landing.

Mail in entries must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018, in person entries can be made up until 8AM the morning of the contest. In the event the contest is postponed due to unsafe ice conditions, a notice will be posted. For additional information call 973-663-3826.

Take a kid fishing: A contestant may enter a child who is under the age of 16 in this contest for a $5 entry fee. The child with the heaviest fish in each category will win a jigging rod and reel.

The Knee Deep Club is wishing for a real cold period so we can have safe ice for the contest. The very best of fishing luck, see you on the Ice!

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