Good morning! Spring does not want to move in quite yet, so I guess it’s not quite time to stow the short rods. I returned the other day from Manitoba, Canada, where we were filming another episode of “We Love It! Outdoors”. The monster walleye of Lake Winnipeg were our target and we hit the target!
Good morning! It feels pretty good to be back in the saddle again, just returned from a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico (no camera crew). It’s going to be 45 here today, we’re getting there but this is no Mexico that is for sure. What a beautiful place God made when He made Mexico! But, I would say He made a pretty darn nice place right here too in the lakes area. This is a true case of “the best of both worlds!”
March I’m going march you down the aisle! As I am writing this column today on March 3, my feet are freezing and the outdoor temperature is 20 below the zero mark! I think all of us are ready to see this winter march right down the aisle and right out of town. Maybe not everyone. Mount Ski Gull has to be loving it, the snowmobilers are loving it as are the cross country skiers and some others. Someone just reminded me the other day that we were just complaining a few years ago that we never get any snow and now that we’ve got it, we are whining again! Sorry God.
Larson Boats, Little Falls, Minn., over 100 years in the business with employees that know the business. I am excited to say that I am on the Larson FX Fishing Team (along with a group of other pro fishermen and guides), and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this company. There is a new president in town as well and Rob Parmentier means business! Al Kuebelbeck, the former president of Larson was the man that started this whole fishing boat line at Larson and he has since left us for a much more peaceful place. Thank you Al!
If you like ice fishing and you like duck hunting, you ought to pack up the family Feb. 22 and head to Garrison for the 10th annual Fishing For Ducks ice fishing contest. I have not fished it because of other conflicts over the years but I am considering attending this year. I could use $20,000. I frequent Lake Mille Lacs through the year and almost always stop at Garrison Sports and get the down and dirty fishing report. If it’s good, they’ll tell you and if it’s bad they’ll tell you. I like that.
February. What in the world are we Minnesotans supposed to do in February? Go to North Dakota ice fishing? Most of you are saying, “Heck no!” But indeed that is where the “We Love It! Outdoors” crew is heading to very shortly. Cold, wind, perch, Sno Bear, deep water, right smack in the middle of the prairie pot hole region of North Dakota. That’s the plan and we will just have to report back to you and let you know how the plan panned out.
Boat show, boat show, boat show! With many of us in the “spring fever” mode, the Minneapolis Boat Show is a great place to come and visit right now! I am here now at the Larson Boats both and the doors are about ready to open for day 2. Yesterday was a good day but I think our latest bout of winter slowed the attendance as the roads were not in great shape.
Sometimes we just don’t realize how good we have it. It’s easy to complain about the weather, our jobs, etc. But after my last guide trip, I will hope to have a little more appreciation as I “press on” with the rest of my life here on earth.
As we approach the new year, we can’t help but look back at this past year and how “stuffed to the gills” it has been! Lots of things going on here, I’m sure you can just imagine, with three kids, a dog, a new kitty cat, myself and the one that keeps it all together — Shelley Rae! We are all going in different directions at different times and are pretty much tied into those little 3-inch by 4-inch pieces of technology that we can’t live without!
‘Tis the season to do some ice fishing, fa-la-la-la-la-la. What’s your style? Are you a social fisher? Or are you hardcore? Do you like tip-ups or do you just like to tip em? These days the options are many and a person can actually have the best of both worlds. The 5-gallon bucket used to be the only way to go but in the last 35 years or so, the sport of ice fishing has evolved into a real modernized sport where “anything goes.”