Ice Out Contest: Update #4

April 18, 2023

Cold weather has decended upon us once again bringing a halt to the rapid melting we were experiencing. Recent reports say there’s still 30 inches of solid ice on the lake, but there are also air holes that can swallow an atv….be careful out there!

The water that was sitting on top of the ice in the creek has returned to a solid state, much to the disappointment of several geese looking for a reason to be here.

While the weather is slow to motivate there are some advantages to the frozen conditions. Here I can work on a spot for the sauna. This “almost dead” pine will make excellent sauna firewood and hauling it with the six wheeler makes it pretty easy.

The ice is tight to shore…

Cleaning up the mess with an evening burn.

While it seems like we will never see open water it’s a given that it will happen. It’s time to start making plans for some early season fishing!

You can’t go wrong with dragging some shallow running Rapalas in the back of warming bays…

If you’re thinking about getting on the water this spring I still have a couple of openings. May 27 to June 3 (cabin only…bring a boat) and June 7 to 14 which had a recent cancellation. After that the next openings are in the last couple weeks of September. Give me a call…

Apparently the VBL blog is one of the top 20 fishing blogs in Ontario! Interesting…

Still time to submit an ice out guess if you haven’t already done so.

3 thoughts on “Ice Out Contest: Update #4

      1. Not sure why you’re bringing up my “gas” issue, but the idea has merit! Banning the use of hooks below 25 feet deep would definately save fish due to baurotrauma. That way if a fish bites a hookless bait it can decide on it’s own whether to come to the surface or not……brilliant Andy!

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Thank you very much for making my get a way week so enjoyable. Dan and I had a great time. You and Susanne should be commended on how clean and well maintained your cabins and lodge are. I will recommend you to anyone that is looking to go to Canada fishing and I look forward to the time I can come back.

Jody Hansen

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