It may take a little while but it looks like our ice is finally on its way out.
Saturday’s fishing trip was done by driving a pickup truck all over the lake. Deep snow drifts even had us coming close to getting stuck a few times but all I had to do was back-track a bit and go another route. Two shovels were in the back, just in case. Thank goodness we didn’t need to use them.
Sunday found us using snowmobiles to get around on two other lakes. The ice is plenty thick and still required drilling all the way to the auger’s power head, sometimes just barely making it through without an extension.
It was basically two days, three lakes, and two modes of transportation for lake travel.
Day one consisted of a jumbo perch hunt. Sitting comfortably in my truck, a gps unit aided us in navigating from proven spot to spot and no matter how well we did in these areas in the past, it just wasn’t happening on this day.
Making a loop around the lake, we headed for one last stop before calling it a day. Following the gps coordinates, we ended up driving near a small group that was already there. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was my son-in-law and a bunch of his friends.
Walking over to say hello, I was shown a bucket full of nice crappies and big perch and was informed that they had bit very well for an hour or so and had just quit. Isn’t that the way it goes?
Visiting with the group, another truck pulled up and this time it was my son and his wife. Talk about a coincidental family reunion of sorts. I guess you can say a family that fishes and hunts together stays together. It certainly does in my case anyway. I like it.
Our day on the lake ended with only one decent sized perch, which was added to my son-in-law’s nice collection of fish before heading home.
Day two had us using snowmobiles. We knew the lake ice was plenty thick for driving on but it’s the public accesses that had us somewhat worried, as the shorelines are the first to give way. Both lakes were evident of this.
The first lake was a bust and knowing decent fish were in this body of water made it almost hard to leave, after struggling for a couple hours. The next lake, however, produced some very nice crappie and bluegill. How lucky we are to be surrounded by hundreds of good fishing lakes. One can always pack up and be on another quality body of water in a matter of minutes.
The lake surface was somewhat firmed up in the early going but when it came time to come off there was a sheet of thin water covering the ice. It was easy travel but if you gave it too much gas it would spin water all over our shelters.
Saturday had us keeping our backs to the wind, as it was real windy during the early going. Sunday, on the other hand, was absolutely gorgeous and actually too nice for my liking. It was sunny enough that I even dug out my full-brimmed sun hat to go along with the sun block that was already in use.
Yes, spring has sprung and summer isn’t too far behind. I know that’s a good thing but I could certainly use about a month of this type of weather, as long as the ice holds up.
Take care my friends, be safe, and have fun.
~ Greg Clusiau, HSM Outdoors