It seems all of North America has had its taste of winter.  Where I live in Manitoba in the off season, we have had the 2nd coldest December in 150 years!  And my brother and I spent much of the last month out on the lake commercial fishing.  I usually don’t freeze but this year ended up freezing the end of my nose and my forehead.  Not too badly though.  In addition to the cold we have had a lot of wind, it seems like the only calm days are the ones where we are not out there.  Usually when it gets this cold it is dry, but this year we had lots of snow during the cold.  Quite a bit for this time of year but water levels last fall were low so the snow will be needed to replenish the lakes.

At least the sun shines when it is cold,  you can’t see forward but you can see up.

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The days are short but we have been working from dark to dark in pursuit of walleye.  We are shifting gears for the start of Perch season next week.  We will be fishing out in the middle of the lake.  The shore is not in sight even on a nice day.

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Sometimes a small piece of hollowed out weed comes out of a fishes mouth.  Inside that hollowed out weed is a Dragonfly.  We also find a lot of frogs inside the fish

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Dustee is a seasoned veteran out on the lake.  She has room to run and run.  We don’t even put her in the Bombardier with us when traveling between lines of nets.  She can run 22/mph and keeps up with us for miles.

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She does here the word “no” a lot.  She tries to help us get the fish out of the net, when we throw her a fish to eat, she retrieves it and tries to put it back into the net.  Her favorite thing to eat on the lake is a frozen northern that got left out on the lake last time, she turns her nose up at the fresh fish.  One frozen fish keeps her busy for an hour.

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