A few weeks ago, after a 2 year hiatus from one of the best muskie fisheries in the world, I returned to Lake of the Woods in Northwest Ontario. During the first week of August I joined one of my best fishing pals, Zach Quinn, and his dad Dave, along with his uncle and a family friend. The five of us rented a cabin on Flag Island Resort, and we fished out of two boats. The cold weather, blowing wind, and inactivity levels of fish led to one of the most difficult fishing trips I’ve ever been on. Our group boated a total of five muskies, a handful of pike, and walleyes on this trip. Compared with my trips from previous years, our fishing was less than satisfactory. I’m not sure if trying anything different would have helped. Sure, being with the perfect fishing partner for a full week, and having your own boat and the freedom to navigate and run to spots of choice would have given me all the confidence in the world and perhaps changed the outcome. But the fishing was just bad. They weren’t biting. End of story. I live and learn.
In May, I fished from May 6th thru 22nd. Due to lousy daily weather that ranged from wind storms, to snow and overnight freezing, and below average air and water temperatures, the bass fishing was the most difficult I’ve ever experienced for the month of May. Early spring can be either a feast or famine. Spring 2015 has been a famine. For the past 7 or 8 years, I must have been lucky. During May, there wasn’t much to show for my efforts but a few memorable float trips down area rivers, and some quick feeding windows we had in between the lousy weather. Smallmouths were found, but not in their usual numbers, sizes, nor locations. My friends and guests had to look long and hard with me in order to find them – we found them shallow and deep, and even from wintering holes. Water temperatures for much of May were steady at 52-56 degrees. If only the sunlight was present, the fishing would have been spectacular – but for over a week it was nothing but clouds and dark skies. Smallies were not moving, nor were largemouths because even weedgrowth was lacking too.
Hi all, it’s been about half a year since my last blog post. It almost feels like I’ve forgotten how to write these, but at least writing 1-2 articles per month and continuing to develop and build upon my existing fishing websites has kept me in creative shape. I’ve been motivated for articles but not for maintaining these blogs. Whatever. I didn’t post much last fall because I was catching lots and working lots. Muskies, river walleyes, and big smallmouth bass kept me busy through mid November, as did a number of new business clients. My winter and spring season as a result has been the busiest it’s ever been in 4 years since I decided to go full-time with the independent design/marketing/media production job (following college graduation in 2010). So being in demand is good and prospects for the future are looking great. Hopefully someday I can become world famous and build myself a castle on a lake.
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