Happy New Year. We wish everyone a better year ahead than the one we are leaving behind. We are grateful for many things and are looking towards the future with Optimism, Confidence and Hope. 2021 was better than 2020, so we are hopeful that 2022 will be a better year than 2021. 🙂
We had a great Christmas! Everyone was home and it was lots of fun. Jack is 3 now and the Christmas Spirit is wild in him now. George is 1 now and is just getting going. He was happy to finally tear open the presents he hasn’t been allowed to touch. Santa was good to us all and laughter filled the house daily.
We have settled into a normal January. It is -30 Celsius at night and only gets up to -25 during the day. The ice on the lake has gone down fast and we have about 3 feet already. We have gotten more snow recently which will slow the ice down a bit. Fishing is still pretty good even though it generally slows down at this time of year when it gets this cold. We move some of our nets from closer to shore out to some reefs a few miles out during this time of year. As spring approaches, the fish leave the reefs and head for shore to spawn and we chase them, hoping for one last run at catching them before the ice goes.
When you fish that far from shore, the horizon looks like this most days. We live in a small bubble of 200-300 yards of visibility. Thank goodness for GPS now. We used to have to mark our trails with spruce boughs every few hundred yards and put up tall markers hear and there to navigate. Sometimes walking in front of the Bombardier in the headlights to stay on the road to get home during the storms
We also have to compete with an Otter. Those buggers like fish. The lake normally has pressure ridges or cracks that work back and forth as the ice contracts and expands with the temperature. The Otter finds a place near our nets to get through the ice and then swims over and feasts. Easy picking for him as the fish are just waiting there. It adds up over time, each walleye is worth $4-5. He normally gets as far out as 2 nets, eating anywhere from 4 to 10 fish each time.
When it gets this cold, the Otter has trouble finding open water. We rarely see the Otters, but he made a mistake the other day as he came from behind us in the middle of the day. It was because he could smell the water we think. Dustee saw him first and the fight was on! She got bitten a couple times but got ahold of his neck after I gave him a wallop with a hockey stick!
Dates for 2022
Our season is looking good for 2022. We do still have some open dates here and there throughout the season. Here are a few dates that are available right now:
Cherrington Point July 2-6, 2022 and July 16-21, 2022
Vee Lake July 15-19, 2022
Shearstone Lake July 1-6, 2022
Cobham River August 20-27, 2022
Cobham Daniel August 8-13, 2022
Loree Lake August 17-22, 2022