Partly cloudy skies 45 degree air temps Medium Winds gusts to 15 mph 12 inches of ice with slush melting
With the kids on winter break I decided to take a day off and spend it out on the ice with my daughter. The day was warm at 45 degrees and felt like summer out there and if it werent for the wind every now and then would have been very warm feeling.
Went back to the same lake that I had fished on the previous outing, was hoping to catch some of those big crappies. But today was going to be a humbling experience as this was the toughest day that I have had on the ice this winter season. But with the temps in the mid 40s there was going to be no complaining as the weather was beautiful and the catching was 2nd hand to that.
My daughter brought along her ice skates and passed some time skating around the lake but the ice conditions were a little tough for her. Last weeks storm had left an inch or two of slush but last outing was frozen solid. But with the warming temps, the slush was thawing and the ice for skating wasnt the best but she enjoyed it anyway.
With the melting slush it made it impossible to use the Vexilar without drilling holes to get any type of reading. This didnt allow me to run around the area looking for the fish so I started popping holes all over this small cove looking for fish.
As mentioned previously, I was working 13 holes in this area and working was putting it lightly. I was not able to find one crappie on this afternoon outing and was able to ice a handful of very colorful sunnies. My daughter caught her first fish through the ice so the trip out there was well worth watching the excitement that she was showing. Not sure when the next time that I am going to be able to get her out there again but when she is ready we will do it all again.
The baits on this outing really didnt seem to matter as equal numbers of fish were caught on Loby Baits and T.H.E. Jig. Watching the Vexilar the whole time I never once seen any suspended fish at all and I was trying in depths from 18 to 12 feet of water. They just had vacated this area and wasnt able to get a good game plan together.
The best part about getting out was spending this quality time with my daughter without any TV and radios around to distract her. We had some very good conversations and she got to experience some time in the outdoors. I always look forward to taking her out into the outdoors as she really enjoys the times when we are out there but being a teenager, gets tough to get her away from her friends and activities. But when I do I treasure those times and get loads of photos to remember them by.
Was a very tough day out there but any day out on the water and not behind a desk is well worth it fish or not. Always look forward to getting out there and enjoying the outdoors.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954