I am just about ready to meet my morning clients at the landing, do I go where it was good last night or try something new? During the open water season, things are easier! Finding fish and finding active fish just isn’t as easy during the winter months. We can’t go off of where the wind has been pushing the bait, we need to go explore and kind of “fish on memories”, like Shelley would say.
Ready or not, here comes Christmas and the cold weather! I think you will be able to read this but I am writing on Friday and some say the world is to end today. If indeed it does happen, I will see some of you later.
■ All I want for Christmas is: 1. Some thicker ice! 2. A new Jiffy, 10-inch propane auger. 3. A nice buck. 4. To not fall off the fiscal cliff (whatever that is!) or in the drink. 5. A Viking win over the Packers! 6. A happy family. 7. Some will power not to eat everything in sight! 8. A Huldra and some alone time at the new Mills shooting range.
No snow, grey skies and Christmas approaching. Isn’t Christmas supposed to be white, bright and joyful? Well, we will probably get there (hopefully sooner than later) but for now I guess we just take a day at a time and still be joyful. I was down at the St. Paul Ice Show last weekend and by the looks of things, there are a lot of people that are gung ho to get out and fish! Continue to make safety your number one priority as you head out on the ice! I was out last evening with my son Mac but instead of fishing rods we were toting hockey sticks.
Early ice fishing can be very productive and very dangerous at the same time. We live in the heart of lake country and some of these lakes are being ice fished right now, others are still wide open. This can be a recipe for success on the ice or on the open water, if you are hearty enough.
Waiting on the ice I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. I am actually typing this on Thanksgiving morning and I certainly do have a lot to be thankful for. I do know that the ice fisher people are liking the looks of the forecast (after today). Look for those crazy people coming to a lake near you very soon. The St. Paul Ice Fishing Show starts next Friday. This show kick starts the ice season and the timing always seems to be impeccable.
Dealing with buck fever Oh dear. I think she understands but there is no way she totally understands. My wife puts up with a lot and I would have to say that, in general, most wives put up with a lot. Especially if you have a fanatical husband that really, really enjoys something. I love the outdoors and that will not go away. During deer season I can get a little out of control and I sometimes try and analyze why that is. They are just deer, right? Yeah, but they are such an awesome animal, I enjoy everything about them!
Deer? What deer? I don’t know about you but something seems a little weird about this deer season. Maybe we should blame it on the election year. Or the wolves, or the full moon that preceded the rifle season or maybe the mild weather. I can’t put my finger on it, but either the population is down or it has moved to a different area!
I’m writing on this early Thursday morning with whitetail deer on the brain. I can’t exactly pin what it is about my whitetail fascination but I think it’s more than shooting a deer. In fact I know it is.
Last week I was able to bond with my daughter Elizabeth as we both hunted South Dakota pheasants for the first time. I grew up hunting pheasants in Comfrey, Minn., and those memories are some of my fondest childhood moments. This was a work trip (as we were filming for the new show), but a fun one. Our destination was Akaska, S.D., where we were to hook up with Chad Schilling, his wife Shonda and their children Samantha and Beau. Oahe Wings and Walleyes is the name of their business and that’s exactly what we targeted. Walleye’s on Friday and ring necks on Saturday and Sunday.