The 2015 ice fishing season is creeping into view from the outside corners this year. Over the weekend, there are reports from fisherman who have been in pursuit of Panfish, walleye and Northern Pike.
I didn't expect to see very much ice on Monday, and I didn't. Most of the popular fishing waters are still wide open. But on my afternoon tour of Grand Rapids area lakes, I was reminded of how easily Mother Nature can catch up when she wants to.
I know what you've been thinking; where the heck did that boy disappear to?
Well, if I'd known what was good for me, I'd already have taken a couple of days off this week and gone fishing. But the 2015 season has been an odd one; there are a lot of extra chores on the list this year, stuff that can't be ignored. So I've been taking full advantage of the lull between open water and the ice fishing season to try and catch up.
Usually, I'd take some time off for hunting too, but for the moment, even that's on the back burner. Despite the fact that there are only two days remaining before the Minnesota Deer Hunting opener, I can't even think about hunting.
I have to admit, the unusually gorgeous weather has not helped my cause! This weather play tricks with my mind and focusing on chores isn't all that easy. The boat is still ready to go though and if these warm days return next week, I won't be able to help myself; I won't talk myself down again.
In the meantime, there's good news for me, this rainy weather helps relieve that cooped up feeling and allows me to focus on the mundane. Chores seem a lot easier when the alternatives involve wet, cold and windy. Thankfully, it's nice to be off the hook, for now.
When I do get the chance to wet a line again, the prospects for good fishing remain positive. There are reports about good Walleye fishing on both the Rainy and Mississippi Rivers. The gap at Lake of the Woods is productive right now too.
Suspended Crappies continue to be aggressive everywhere and thanks to the Tulibee moving toward shallow water to spawn, Trophy hunters have both Muskies and big Northern Pike to target as well.
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