News Flash: Remains of outfitter found on Delano Lake…suspected cause of death linked to never ending winter!
Well, things aren’t that bad yet but the skull is proof that long winters can be deadly. Here’s a photo journal from today’s travel over four area lakes.
Pretty much all lakes are down to a skiff of snow over frozen slush / bare ice. There are some signs of coming spring, such as the creeks that are starting to flow….
…and of course the evidence of a harsh winter such as this deer carcass on Delano Lake….
This weekend seems to be the turning point for winter to spring temperatures which is about time! Mid 50 degree F. days predicted for next week will go a long way to getting us to ice out……Have your guess in yet?
Some warm weather this past week has taken it’s toll on the snow. You can actually see some grass here and there. Gull rock is showing it’s face and the gulls have arrived back from wherever they winter. We’ve even seen the odd flock of geese flying about. The lake has taken on a very slushy tone and I’ve avoided the temptation of getting stuck in it. Right now we are into a cooling trend….things might firm up enough to catch a few perch tomorrow.
At least the road looks bare. It also looks frozen on this cool Saturday morning. Some snow in the forecast for today. It looks like a good weekend to work on my taxes (or not!).
There’s still some dates open in the ice out contest. Give me a shout if you feel lucky!
Some subtle changes are occurring here on Eagle Lake. Warmer temps and longer days are starting to make it feel like spring.
A foggy morning start to the day….
Wondering about the ice thickness? An auger extension would be handy, but half of what might be ice is actually frozen slush and snow.
Conditions for sledding are good but things get a bit soft and warm in the afternoon. Jason and Holly on a classic 1968 Polaris Charger.
Some perch and whitefish action in front of the lodge.
The evening before Cal Ritchie and I checked out a nearby spot where the walleye were biting. Once you open up a hole things get a bit slushy. Plenty of air holes are starting to be visible around the lake…..sure signs of spring melt.
Not much longer till we start seeing bare road.
Still some time to put in your ice out guess!
I usually like to wait for some changes in ice melt before posting an update, but why not go in reverse? More snow (14 inches!) has created the illusion that spring has avoided NW Ontario. But never mind. Like they say, “out like a lion, in like a lamb”. I’m counting on seeing some sheep grazing the lawns here at the lodge very soon. Till then here’s a few shots of the extreme spring of 2014. Pictures were taken on April 1….and believe me this is not much of a joke.
I just couldn’t take it any longer. The road was down to about 6 feet wide. Time for the heavy equipment!
For those familiar with the Co-op in Vermilion Bay. Some snow bank!
Never fear! Spring will arrive. You can count on high water levels, great fishing and owners happy to see some green grass, open water and warmer temps!
I really love having a tractor on days like these!
Have your Ice Out date picked yet? You better get cracking.
What happens when you mix snow-machines, poker, fishing, dog sleds and “fish-less Hugh”? Watch and find out…
Joe Feller with a nice Teggau Lake trout.
Conditions for ice fishing this winter have been somewhat challenging. Cold temperatures, wind, lots of snow and now slush have reduced the fishing crowds to just a few brave, hardy souls. I’ve put together a short video of some of the past few trips here at VBL…..