At the midpoint of this winter, I was starting to doubt if we’d ever be able to take the boat out again. Cold snap, after cold snap was taking its toll on my hopes of seeing that blue Lake Superior water ever again. Add on the fact that we were ice fishing in places that don’t normally have enough safe ice to fish really started to put things in perspective. Just in the nick of time, things started to warm up in a hurry and put us right back on a “normal” spring pace. I’d even say that we’re ahead of last year in terms of the melt, which is great news.
Those of you who have experienced a classic early spring day of smallmouth fishing with me know that I enjoy this time of year more than any other season on the big lake. All the elements of the fishery, combined with low fishing pressure and the shot at some of the biggest fish of the year make it an extremely special time on the water. The sounds of the first sandhill cranes of the year squawking across the water and the occasional bear climbing an ash tree to munch on emerging buds make for everlasting memories. Add a few hog smallies on top of that, and I don’t think it gets much better. I look forward to seeing all my early season clients again, and I’m truly excited to see what this year brings.