This time of year is always tough on “soft water” anglers, I think. I’m not one to really head out on the ice and go ice fishing, so I am one of those people looking out the window, hoping the sun will come out and warm things up enough to melt the snow and ice and let me get back to fishing.
Today was a really nice day, 50 degrees on the way home from work. And tomorrow is projected to be nice as well. I can even deal with a couple of days of rain – that helps, too. But then comes the weekend with highs in the 30s once again. But it has to go away eventually, right? Right? Some years it seems like that won’t be the case.
I suppose we really shouldn’t complain too much. We did have a fairly mild winter. We didn’t get a lot of snow and it was not too drastically cold for too long. But spring sure is taking its sweet time getting here!
I do still have plenty to do before I hit the open water. I’ve got line to spool on reels, treble hooks to change on crankbaits. It’s just that both of those things are much more enjoyable when I sit in front of the picture window and I’m not looking out on a snow-covered landscape. That being said, I guess I better get those tasks done before the weekend!
I know some people have been out fishing already in the BFLs, Opens, and Angler’s Choice, and it’s been great to see some people I know finish so well. And walleye tournaments around the state are getting ready to get started as early as this weekend – stay safe and wear your life jackets! I hope you all have a great year on the water, with even a personal best or two thrown in there for good measure.