Friday, November 8, 2013

Autumn waters

As I sit on the stretch of Fox river between De Pere and Green Bay I glance around and am comforted by the fact I am the only fisherman on the water this morning.  Yes the temperature is a crisp 28 degrees; yes I am constantly chipping ice from my guides on my pole; and yes my feet sorta feel like blocks of ice.  However, I quickly forget all of that as I reel in my second small mouth bass of the morning.

Fall is one of my favorite times of year for fishing.  Most people begin winterizing their boats and storing their fishing gear for the winter exchanging their fishing rods for camo and guns in preparation for hunting season. Granted I could do the same, however I have always preferred freezing in a boat on the water vs sitting in a deer blind. Those of you who don't feel like tackling the woods with hoards of other hunters, grab a fishing line and head down to the water.  Trust me, there will be far less people and you will have a much better shot at catching that fish you battled for during the summer months.

Happenings in the North Country  

According to the crew up at Sandy Lake Seaplane, snow has begun to stick around.  Several good snowfalls have blanketed the area since Dad and I departed in the end of September. All the float planes have been pulled from the docks and wheel planes are all that remain.  

Decent amounts of snow are welcomed since we have departed the Opasquia Provincial Park. Those of you who visited us in August witnessed all time low water on most of the lakes.  We will need a slightly above average snowfall for the winter to bring the water back to normal. 

Holidays and Fishing 

The holidays will soon be upon us.  The Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times of year when friends and family are together and can discuss summer fishing travels. Keep in mind we book up early at Big Hook Camps.  With one cabin on most lakes the available weeks disappear quickly, especially right after the holidays.   

Thanks to all who have been sending in their 2013 Big Hook fishing photos.  You just may get placed in the winter newsletter.  Be safe and have fun on the water or in the woods this fall.