Ice fishermen take to Lake Hopatcong as temps drop

Posted: Updated:
LAKE HOPATCONG -

As New Jersey entered its eighth day of below-freezing temperatures, several New Jersey fishermen made their way to Lake Hopatcong to ice fish.

News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue went out to the lake to see who was brave enough to weather the cold temperatures. He soon found two groups of ice fishermen from Siberia and Poland.

“The weather is good. Only windy,” said one of the fishermen.

MORE: New Jersey Weather Center | CDC on frostbite

The fishermen said that this was one of the only times that Lake Hopatcong was frozen solid enough to ice fish in three years.

“I feel very comfortable,” said fisherman Leon Gitelmaker as he showed off his layers.

The fishermen also showed Donohue a tent that they use while ice fishing.

VIDEO: Ice fishermen take to Lake Hopatcong as temps drop

“You get cover from the wind,” said Lyndhurst resident Jack Dziduck.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in New Jersey for at least a week, with record-breaking lows expected this weekend.

Anyone interested in ice fishing on Lake Hopatcong can visit Dow’s Boat Rental. The business has all the equipment needed. The docks are open seven days a week as long as the ice is thick enough.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Just Married in New Jersey

    Just Married in New Jersey

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

  • Your 2018 New Jersey Fall Fun Photos

    Your 2018 New Jersey Fall Fun Photos

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-09-05 18:18:06 GMT
    Send us your Fall Fun Pics!Send us your Fall Fun Pics!

    Is fall your favorite season? Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 New Jersey want to see your Fall Fun pics! Send them via Twitter or Instagram with the #NJFallFun and they might end up on air or on News12.com.

    Is fall your favorite season? Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 New Jersey want to see your Fall Fun pics! Send them via Twitter or Instagram with the #NJFallFun and they might end up on air or on News12.com.

  • Workers wanted: Companies hiring for the holidays

    Workers wanted: Companies hiring for the holidays

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.
    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. 

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."