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Old 05-02-2008, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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!







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Some beautiful pics but you can keep the ice in May up there with you . I was in London , Ont. about a month ago and it was warmer there than it was here at home . Thanks for the report .
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AWESOME PICS, You, Jim & Corey always have the best Pics. it is awesome to see the Lake Thawing out like that, I am now sure if I would like that or not, How Cold was the Water and the Air temp that day??



and those Fish...WOW!!! Congrats on a great day!!!
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mostly mid 30s F was the water temp. air temp got up to +20deg C, maybe 22C during the day, i'm guessing that's around 71F. us canucks are weird, we measure water temp in F and air temp in C.



thanks, it was fun. pike opens this wknd and I am just about to head out there door to make the drive.
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thanks for sharing all of that



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Great pics bud!



Can't beat the company you had to!

Maybe if I beg hard enough I could get in on one of those spring time laker trips. Your report from last year was one of my all time favorites.



I'm sitting here hoping the ice will come off my destination in ten days



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Nice pics!! Thanks for sharing
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Awesome Pics! Thanks for sharing. Glad to see you were finally able got out on the water... instead of the ice.
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thanks guys.. we got out again this wknd in search of pike. weather was aweful, rain all day saturday and rain, cold and wind sunday. we skipped summer and went right into november up here



we did get a few decent pike saturday but it was so wet, the camera stayed put away. spring pike fishing in sub 50-55 deg water is a blast. often times fishing in less than 6' of water. they really liked the smaller jerbaits (ie. husky jerks, ripplin redfins) this wknd..



sunday the camera came out and here are a few more trout.















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Those are some great looking pictures, thanks for sharing them with us. Do you ever keep any of those trout to eat or is it just catch and release?
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