With a Gale Warning in effect for the waters of the western Lake Superior, I cancelled my trip for today. It hurts a little, because the fishing has been great and there's been nobody around, but this will turn into a much needed maintenance day. The boat needs cleaning, tackle needs replenishing, my accounting info is way behind, blah, blah, blah. It's actually pretty surprising that this is the first day I've had to cancel due to wind/weather this year. May is notorious for some bad weather at some point, but it can also offer some of the best weather of the year as well as some of the best Smallmouth fishing of the year. Luckily, we got 12 good days in a row in, and we'll start back up tomorrow and hopefully continue all the way into July. The pre-spawn fishing has been great, and yeah there's been lots of fish, but it's been really fun to see all the things that make this time of year special out there. From watching bears eating fresh buds in the trees, to hearing the Sand Hill cranes to watching groups of Pelicans fly around and dealing with the cool onshore Lake Superior breezes, it's really a special time of year up here. A really neat thing about this season so far has been the amount of Smelt cruising around in the shallows. It's made fishing either really good or pretty tough at times. I've actually seen Smelt cruising around only to be eaten by an aggressive Smallmouth. Many of the fish we've caught have spit up Smelt on the way in too. Obviously, flies that look like Smelt have been best. Well, for now, enjoy just a small sample of some photos from the past 12 days and stay tuned for more. Hopefully this Gale quiets down in the next few hours and we can get ready for tomorrow.