"This winter is kind of like the ones I remember growing up," said Todd Cerow, owner of the Thousand Island Bait and Tackle store in Alexandria Bay.
Cerow said the St. Lawrence River has had plenty of ice anglers out on the bays the past week. Places like Eel Bay have 6 to 10 inches, depending on the snow cover.
Nearby Black Lake has ice that's 4 to 8 inches thick, but the snow makes it tough to get around, Cerow said. Meanwhile, Chaumont Bay, a popular ice fishing spot, has ice 8 inches or more, he said. "There are a lot of walleyes being caught. Recently a 12-pounder,' he added.
Rob Jarvis, of Bay Bridge Sports and Tackle, on Lake Ontario's Sodus Bay in Wayne County has angler were are enjoying a solid, 6 to 7 inches of ice.