Spring in the Northwoods is inevitable, but the Springing of Spring up here is a bit more of a “luck of the draw” sort of proposition. While we can generally predict the coming of spring each year, pinning it down or planning around a few nice spring days in a row can be a little more problematic!
In the last four years, Moose Lake ice has gone out somewhere between March 27th and May 15th! In other words, add the four years, divide by four and, well, you know….average! This year’s ice-out was about 4 weeks earlier than last year. With ’60s & ’70s at the end of April, I guess I just wasn’t expecting the snow, yesterday. Anyone who started a trip last Sunday or Monday…deserves EVERY minute of sunshine they get the rest of their trips.
Moisture is pretty good (no fire restrictions at this time), the lakes are a bit low and there is a lot of green out already. Early fishing reports have been good with some successful walleye anglers in the Ensign Lake area and lake trout cooperating, well, almost anywhere you can catch a lake trout. We’ve already had a couple of reports of moose, too! As always, it’s fun to watch the woods come alive with all the returning ducks, birds and of course…loons!
We’re looking forward to another great season with our guests & friends, and we’re off to a great start!
See You Soon!
Around the Base
For as long as I’ve been on Moose Lake…which is a long time, I’ve never, for one reason or another, witnessed the walleyes making their annual spawning run. A few years ago and a half dozen other times in years past, I made tepid attempts to see the show, only to have mistimed it or to have been denied because of the weather.
Well, about a month ago, as luck, timing, no wind, and a full moon would have it, We hit the pot of walleye gold! What an impressive show. Shining our flashlights into the water in any direction yielded the telltale glowing eyes of a hundred walleyes! I guess the big question was…where do they all go???
In any event…more walleyes in one spot, at one time than I’ve caught in twenty years!