Sugar Camp Lake, Oneida County

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9/6/09 @ 7:54 PM
lilygirl
lilygirl
USER since 6/20/06
My big worry is on the shallow side of the lake it will get so shallow that it could freeze out over the winter causing a massive fish kill. I bet the deepest part of the lake on that side is 6 or 7 feet.

I would also support making a deep channel between the two sides but I dont think the DNR would go for it. Iam surprised some home owners on the lake dont do something about it.

If you find anything out at the meeting let me know. I wish I could go to it but Iam 200 miles away. Thanks for the info.

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9/5/09 @ 6:54 AM
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banjo dan
banjo dan
USER since 1/5/04
Lilygirl - if I've caught 500 walleyes on Sugar Camp Lake, only a small fraction of them have been on the deep side (maybe a dozen), and those have been in the evening at sand bar on Rapalas. The walleye definitely are bigger on the deep side, but much less quantity.

Fishing the deep side is always a little tougher for me, but what I think is really making it hard now is that - my guess - many fish are stranded on the shallow side. During spring and early summer, there was still a little water at the sand bar - enough for fish to go through. The shallow, darker-bottomed side warmed up faster and the fish hung out over there. Then the water dropped and they got stuck there.

I noticed a weed bed I've never seen before to the east of the rock bar in about 10 feet of water if I remember right from 2 weeks ago. Picture the rock bar, then 75 yards east to where it shallows up at a sand flat, then another 50-75 yards more east. I worked it a little bit, unsuccessfully mid-day, but had to go.

Basically, now that I am only able to fish the deep side, I'm bass fishing while hoping for an accidental muskie. It's been slow. Even at the sand bar at night it's been slower. I've caught a few walleye there this summer (released) but it's taken me all summer to do it.

I've heard the quarry rumor too, but I can't find it on a map. I'll email some old fisheries biologist friends at the DNR and ask some questions. I am slowly becoming a proponent of creating a channel at the sand bar if biolgists would support it on a ecological basis. That is, if some of the trapped fish start showing up dead, or spawning isn't looking too good. But that takes a baseline shocking survey, spring fyke nets, and young-of-the-year surveys over the course of a few years.

On the other hand, old timers say this is about a 30-year cycle. The only problem with that is: how many 30-year cycles have they witnessed? Two? New influences emerge over time that can throw cycles off. What I'd like to see immediately is folks removing their pumps that they use to water lawns, because every little bit can help. There is a meeting coming up next Saturday (the 12th) for people interested in Indian Lake and Sugar Camp Lake at the firehouse.

Edited on 9/5/09 6:57 AM
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9/4/09 @ 4:38 PM
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lilygirl
lilygirl
USER since 6/20/06
Banjo:

That $20 fee was for the weekend we were up their. Not sure if he would allow you to put in and then take out in the Fall. I guess you could ask.

Thats too bad you cant fish the shallow side. It was really good the last time I was up. Caught a nice 37" 15 pound musky right in the middle of the lake trolling. There are some nice weed beds in the middle where we usually do pretty good. Also, many Walleye and smallies. The shallow water is making it tougher to fish though. We had to row out 200 feet before we could start the motor. Getting the boat in and out was a chore!!! We did drag the boat through the channel to the deep side but it was so much work we only did it once. Didnt catch much over their. Tried at the drop off where we usually do really well we didnt get anything. Used to catch some fish over by the rocky point but didnt do much their either. It seems fishing is a lot tougher on that side. I wish could learn it better. Where do you fish on that side for Walleye. For as much as I have fished the lake I havent caught a walleye on that side??? Also, what do you think is causing the water level to be so low? I heard rumors about the rock quarry? Have you heard anything?

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8/22/09 @ 1:17 PM
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banjo dan
banjo dan
USER since 1/5/04

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Lilygirl - when you launched at the resort for $20, was that for the whole summer? What I mean is, does the $20 include taking out in the autumn too?

Fishing: Since the sandbar has completely divided the lake now, I have to stay on the "deep side." The walleye fishing is much, much easier on the shallow side; I've only managed a 1/2 dozen or so this season on the deep side. I was previously spoiled with the ease of catching them - now I have to actually put some work into it, but it's fun. Still, I get the best results with crankbaits - Rapala CD-7 is always one of the best (CD = Countdown) in the perch pattern. Muskies, northerns, SM and LM hit it too. Pink/silver/white Yozuri's have been great too.

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7/17/09 @ 3:24 PM
lilygirl
lilygirl
USER since 6/20/06
There really is no public landing to get on this lake. There is a place off hwy 17 that you could carry a canoe or kayak to the lake. It is a so called public access but they have posts so you cannot back up a boat and trailer to the lake. Since the water level is so low we have asked the resort if we can put a boat in at their private landing. He allowed us to for a "modest" fee of $20.

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7/17/09 @ 10:31 AM
dogcharmer
dogcharmer
USER since 9/28/03
nOT A REPORT, JUST WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY ACCESS TO THIS LAKE. i HAVE WANTED TO FISH THERE FOR YEARS AND CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW SEND IM IF INTERESTED THANKS

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7/2/09 @ 12:46 PM
lilygirl
lilygirl
USER since 6/20/06
The water level was really low. We had to drag my 14 foot boat through the channel. It took 3 of us to do it. Doesnt look like it is going to get any better with the lack of rain.

Fishing was pretty good. Caught my first musky on the lake!

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6/23/09 @ 6:07 AM
banjo dan
banjo dan
USER since 1/5/04
lilygirl - what was the water level like at the sand bar last weekend? Thanks.

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6/16/09 @ 5:02 PM
magnumesox
magnumesox
USER since 7/27/01
The lake is up now with the rains they have had and you can get a boat between lakes. Fishing should be picking up now with the warm weather.

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6/16/09 @ 7:48 AM
lilygirl
lilygirl
USER since 6/20/06
Heading up this weekend and have heard the lake is really low. Is it worst than last summer? Also, is it possible to get a boat through the channel between lakes? Thanks

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