Two weeks ago it was time for ice out here in Ontario. A little later than in recent years; a deep freeze in late January-February had formed close to 2' in some places and we had much more snow than usual which insulated the ice. Four weeks ago we were drilling through 15-18" of the stuff on some of the same spots. A day after our last ice trip, mercifully, mother nature gave us a warm spell. Although I didn't think it would happen, that 15-18" was gone in 2 weeks and it was time to launch the boat for the maiden voyage of '08.
Personally, I love this time of year. Not only because it is great to get out in the boat again but, the air is fresh, life is flourishing again and, you can get away with a t-shirt sometimes. Then there's the great lake trout fishing every year.
The opener was a bit slow for spring standards but, it's just going to get better over the coming weeks.
We caught 'em deep on dipseys, shallow on planer boards and long lining. Lures varied. jointed bodybaits, spoons, inline spinners.
Here we are busting out of the back bay on day one.
See what I mean about the spring conditions sometimes?
Sunburns and t-shirts! 2 weeks previous we were drilling holes in ice!
Onto the fish....
A gratuitous wide-angle shot.. adds pounds!