I think we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for this winter. It was a fairly busy winter up here on Lake Mille Lacs, not only in terms of the outdoor activities, but the snow removal, and keeping busy with the cold temps. Yesterday’s weather was a sight for sore eyes, and it looks like it is going to stick around, although we have some nice weather being forecast, we are still in March, the snowiest time of the year. If you are looking to still do some winter activities, this would be the week to do that with some highs reaching the low- mid 40′s. I will be busy this week doing some spring cleaning, going through the summer fishing gear, and for sure taking some walks around the State Park to cure some of my Cabin Fever. I love spring time and cannot wait to be back in the boat fishing some walleye, just like I am sure many of you are.
Snowmobiling in the area was very busy this past weekend, with everybody getting out and enjoying the excellent weather and trail conditions. The trails are settling nicely and freezing hard at night, making them like a snowy highway through the woods. We still have plenty of a base on the trails, and one week of warm weather will not remove the snow on the trails. I do not see any rain in the forecast so it looks like we should have good snow through the weekend. We will continue to rent snowmobiles and provided guide snowmobile trips until we can no longer ride on the trails. We still have plenty of snowmobiles available for this week so that you can enjoy the trails a few more times before the snow is gone. Hopefully everybody will get out and enjoy the trails, they don’t get any better then this.
It looks like the word is out, the crappie have started to show up in the shallows in Isle Bay. Fishing pressure will look to increase with the report of these big crappies being caught in the bay. The best reports for the dinner plates have been during the evening hours using slip bobbers and crappie minnows. If you are fishing during the day, you will want to use the smallest jig in your tackle box and sight fish them if you can. Gold tungsten jigs tipped with a single spike or small plastic are working best, and if you can find some weeds even better. Perch fishing has been a little slow but that should pick up with the warm sunny weather and the same goes with the Tullibee. If you are planning on coming up to fish I know that Chapman’s and Hunter Windfield’s do have roads built about 100 yards into Isle Bay, but if you choose to leave from here snowmobiles would highly be suggested. Along with having snowmobiles make sure you add an extension to your auger.
Its getting to be that time of year and hopefully this gets everybody in the mood of planning their summer vacations. We are eagerly looking forward to this summer too, and can’t wait to put the boats in the water. In the meantime as we think about the open water we will still be ice fishing and snowmobiling because like everyone else we will be missing winter time when the highs this summer are 90+ degrees. I would still plan on there being enough snow this weekend to snowmobile, and would highly recommend that every tries to get up one more time before its to late. We will be monitoring the trails all week and will give an update later this week so stay tuned. Like always be safe on all your outdoor adventures and we hope to see you on the trails.JB