Finally, things are beginning to warm up a bit, it seemed like this winter would never end. As the warm winds of spring arrive, sportsman switch gears and catch up on some much needed spring cleaning.
I happen to enjoy winter and rarely complain about the cold and snow. This year to my surprise, has tested my patience. Instead of hanging up the poles all together, I enjoy fishing year round. My typical spring routine involves, unpacking open water tackle and in its selected storage spot goes the ice fishing gear. I also like to tie a bunch of new fly fishing lures, to replace the ones I had lost to fish and tree limbs last season. On top of that it's time to do some shed hunting and scouting for spring turkey season. If I can find the time I enjoy doing some early ice off fishing. With all of these activities piling up, it takes some organization skills to fit them all in.
What a long winter this one was? Lots of snow and cold, equated to 20 inches of ice on most bodies of water. If things don't warm up majorly, we could be trout fishing in the morning and ice fishing in the afternoon. Most of the time the lakes are unsafe to ice fish on by mid March. This year on the other hand, may go down in the books as the latest ice that I have ever fished. To fish on the ice when it's 40 plus degrees out, is such a pleasure. I'm used to freezing my tail off all winter and take advantage of the last days of ice fishing. This spring may prove to be problematic and could mix up my typical routine.