Best Technique for Walleye!

One of my favorite techniques for catching “Ottawa River” walleye is bouncing a jig off the bottom. Usually, for the first few weeks of the season, an assortment of jigs is all you’ll need for success. My preference is just plain round jigs normally 1/4 or 3/8oz for heavier current conditions. My go-to colour for this historic river is without a doubt “Orange”! Chartreuse is also a good choice but at least 90% of my success over the years can be attributed to this unrivalled preference.

From season opener through till the cool waters of fall this technique probably produces more fish than any other method.

My jig fishing though can be broken down into a few different techniques.

  • Casting and retrieving with a jig/grub combination varying retrieval speeds if necessary as well as stopping and letting your presentation sink to bottom every few feet, often triggers strikes.
  • Adding a spinner blade to your jig and casting or trolling also produces great results at times.
  • My personal favorite though, along with many other walleye anglers is to hook a minnow on a plain jig head and bounce it off the bottom to trigger strikes from wary walleye.

The actual technique for hooking the minnow varies between anglers but I will discuss my personal methods for attaching bait in a later blog post.

Bouncing a jig off the bottom can also be coupled with casting your presentation to attract walleye that are within casting distance of you.

Cast your presentation, let it sink to the bottom then lift your rod tip retrieving your slackline slowly, let sink back to the bottom, and repeat the process until you have completely retrieved your offering.

This technique along with just bouncing your jig beneath you can be extremely effective especially if you’re using a rod with a sensitive rod tip. Walleye are known to bite very lightly at times and the more sensitive your rod tip the more chance you’ll have to recognize a strike, or if a wary walleye has possibly inhaled your offering.

I started using a system that even further increases the success rate of jig fishing.

Because I get a lot of my offerings stolen or stripped from my hooks I decided to increase my odds by attaching lead lines to my jigs whereby I have attached a second hook approximately 1ft above my jig giving me a second chance at walleye that manage to get a free meal from the first hook.

This also works well due to the fact walleye usually travel in schools with usually more than one walleye eyeing up your bait.

Another positive feature of this presentation is you don’t necessarily have to reel up and re-bait when you miss a strike because you have a second offering to maintain their interest.

I call these creations my  “Jigging Harnesses”

Tie some for yourselves and give them a try, I’ll guarantee your success rate will increase.

If you don’t want to produce your own, Contact Me to try this practical innovation.

Until the next time,

Have Fun Fishin,

Dave

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Baked Trout

Spring-time, time to shed those winter blues and breathe in some clean fresh spring air.

Little harder these days with following the rules associated with COVID-19 but when done properly is the best form of “Social Distancing”!

It’s also a great time to catch open water trout. For trout enthusiasts, ice-out usually signals aggressive feeding thus making this time of year a good time to catch these tasty critters.

If you are fortunate enough to be successful there are a couple of options for preparing your upcoming feast.

My preparation method is usually determined by the size of the trout.

A general rule for me is;

If they are filletable, meaning if they are big enough to produce nice quality fillets without too much waste I will generally go this route. Typically, a fish with an overall length of anywhere from about 14 to 18 inches I normally fillet.

Anything larger or smaller than this size is usually baked in the oven or better yet on the barbeque. I don’t make a habit of eating larger fish but a 3 or 4lb Lake Trout stuffed with onions and peppers or whatever you’d like to add makes a scrumptious main course.

Baked Trout

Baked Trout can be either filleted trout or whole trout, personally, I usually bake whole fish and batter or coat fillets with my favorite store-bought or personal coating recipe then deep fry. I will be sharing an extremely tasty coating recipe I have developed over the years in an upcoming post (Walleye Coating Extraordinaire). I have quite often baked filleted fish as well, for me the only difference is the time to cook them (less thick = less time to cook), always making sure to flip them equally. My guideline to fillets in foil on the BBQ is  6 to 7 minutes (average-sized fish, 14 to 18 inches) each side with the temperature set to medium. Checking their progress during the cooking progress is a good idea to ensure your preference.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole trout with the head and innards removed

or

  • individually foil-wrapped trout fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • You can also substitute lemon pepper for lemon or as I sometimes do, use both
  • Increase amounts if cooking more fish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse fish, and dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub inside of fish or fillets with olive oil, and season with garlic salt and black pepper, I season with Near North Spice Mix. Place fish on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Squeeze the juice from the ends of the lemons over the fish. Arrange lemon slices on top of fillets or inside of fish. Carefully seal all edges of the foil. Place the foil pouches on a baking sheet or on the barbeque grill.
  3. Bake whole fish in a preheated oven or barbeque for 15 to 20 minutes, 6 to 7 minutes for individual fillets depending on the size of the fish (a little longer for bigger fish) flipping occasionally. Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with grilled potatoes.

Combine this with thinly sliced potatoes, chopped onion, carrots, and mushrooms sprinkled with Near North Spice Mix and wrapped in foil coated with butter or margarine. Seal the foil well to lock in the juices!

Now place in the oven or barbeque before the fish as the potato packs will take a little longer to cook. You may have to carefully open one end of the foil during the cooking time to check on the progress to get them the way you like them. Make sure to flip the pouches equally during the cooking time as to not burn them. I usually flip them at least twice.

When both the fish and potatoes are ready I like to serve them with a loaf of home-made bread smeared with softened garlic butter.

Enjoy!

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Anxious for the Trout Opener to try this Underwater Advantage!

Can fish be spooked by the sight of our line?

I can honestly say that until recently I hadn’t really given this subject much thought.

I, probably like many other avid fishermen, spend a lot of time in front of the television watching fishing shows, especially during the cold winter months. If you fit this profile I’m sure you’re used to hearing about using Fluorocarbon or Fluorocarbon leaders with your presentations.

What is Fluorocarbon?

In a nutshell, Fluorocarbon is the newest innovation in “Fishing Line”.

What makes it such a breakthrough, and what about it is causing all the hype with our tv fishing heroes?

The simple answer, fish can’t see it, it’s invisible underwater, removing the possibility of spooking wary fish, especially in clear water!

Along with this very beneficial feature are other additional attributes that make this line even more appealing.

A second appealing quality with this new innovation is it’s transmission sensitivity, or, an increased feel of what’s going on at the other end of your line! Maybe the light inhalation of a vigilant walleye or the insignificant feel of our bait touching structure on the bottom, added sensitivity triggers a quicker response!

Being a passionate walleye angler, adding increased sensitivity automatically catches my attention but isn’t the only related advantage to fluorocarbon. As well as making it easier to decipher strikes with this new and exciting advancement in fishing line, this line also sinks faster than regular monofilament reducing the slack in your line on the way down. Using lighter presentations (reducing jig weights) is extremely significant when fishing lite-biting walleye and is now an additional option to increase your success.

Although this line has a long list of benefits the last major influence for me lies in it’s composition. I believe the increased density enables a firmer hook setting ability with a lot less effort like that associated with monofilament.

The above characteristics have transformed me into a Fluorocarbon believer! There is however one drawback to spooling this line, “Twist” seems to be a consistent issue with Fluorocarbon so my advice is, use this breakthrough line as leader material ideally in combination with a braided line to greatly increase your success rate!

Along with this blog, I am also the creator of Strike Zone Tackle which I introduced many years ago.

Since then I have scaled the business back but continue to operate. I no longer keep the large inventory that I used to but still enjoy filling my dealer orders as well as individual requests for some of my more popular creations.

Custom designing with individual specifications is also something I really enjoy, especially when the customer returns with successful results.

Most requests are now assembled as they are received.

I would like to add that, the main reason for not remaining full scale with this initiative is based on not being able to continue offering competitive prices. I can offer reasonable price comparisons for the actual items but once the shipping charges are added it leaves the total cost inflated.

I continue to tie harnesses and have now added a Fluorocarbon option.

Putting together my own creations and being successful with them still produces an even greater thrill than actually catching the fish.

I’m very excited to get out with my new harnesses for the upcoming trout opener. I’ll keep you posted!

Contact me if you’re interested in trying some of my harnesses.

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Sweet and Sour Venison Ribs

Well, staying in has provided me with more time for working on my blog and trying to improve my culinary skills.

My latest attempt at perfecting a recipe was motivated by my little guy’s love of ribs. The outcome was, delicious, but still needs some adjusting.

I’m gonna go over the steps and ingredients I included in this pursuit for the perfect venison ribs!

  • Trimming off excessive fat

My last attempt at venison ribs was great if you like the taste of deer fat (I actually do) but it was a little much and most people don’t so I spent a substantial amount of time trimming fat off each section.

An added method of reducing the fat content in your meat is boiling.

  • Boiling

Another procedure you should consider to remove the fat flavour if you are not a fan of what I consider a natural venison taste.

I myself enjoy this distinctive trait so with my next attempt I intend on performing these 2 preliminary procedures again, however, scaling back some. (i.e. leaving a little fat during the trimming process and lessening the boil time).

This effort consisted of boiling the ribs for 20 minutes, my next try will see me cut this time in about half or between 10 and 15 minutes. You can see from this picture that, although this is a preparative practice, in actuality, it should also be taken into consideration as part of the cooking time.

Not realizing the significance of this step made for, although still very tasty, an increased toughness to the final outcome.

Completion of this practice gave way to the next step in preparing my ribs for the oven.

  • Rubbing Spices into Meat and sprinkling Worcestershire Sauce

I defaulted to my go-to spice mixture, Near North Spice Mix for rubbing into the meat.

This step definitely adds to the zest of the final results. I firmly encourage you not to skip this step as the added flavours are well worth the effort. I’m going to leave the amount of these seasonings to you, the final result depends on your personal preference.

Now you’re ready for the oven!

  • Place in the Oven

Bake for 1 1/2 hrs – 2 hrs @ 375° was the original cooking time however after this attempt I am now going to reduce the temperature as well as the time in the oven.

My next bid at this recipe will see me baking the ribs for 1 hr @300°. I will share the results!

After removing from the oven I then added,

  • Sweet and Sour Sauce 

I added a full jar (341 ml) of name brand sweet and sour sauce.

  • Return to the Oven

In order to have the spices and the Worcestershire sauce penetrate the meat properly, it is recommended to place the ribs back in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes per side at the same temperature.

  • Now Ready to Serve

Take out of the oven, add potatoes and vegetables of your choice and,

ENJOY!

Seeing that I’m going to continue to modify this recipe to my liking I have not included a link to a Pdf format for you to be able to Print.

I will include this destination when I reach my desired results.

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Spring Fishing Plans

  

Since last fall I have been looking forward to the spring and getting out to enjoy some springtime sun in search of my new favorite trout species.

Splake fishing fits right into my wheel-house especially after doing a little research into these hatchery-produced Lake Trout/Speckle Trout combos. Splake reproduction outside a hatchery environment is extremely rare. The only known natural reproduction of this species was documented in a few lakes in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario Canada.

With the natural reproduction of this species being relatively non-existant they are ideally suited for put-and-take stocking programs for area cold water lakes and ponds. Not having to account for natural reproduction makes it easier for population projections thus making it easier to control and maintain healthy numbers.

Splake are normally introduced to their new environments at 2 1/2 years of age as fingerlings and have a higher growth rate than that of their Lake Trout and Brook Trout parents. They can grow to 46cm (18 inches) in length in only 2 years.

These fish are also considered hardier than native Brookies and Lake Trout. My favorite attribute though is that they are noted as, “easier” to catch than mom and dad.

Catching Them

Spring and Fall are my favorite times to go searching for these tasty targets. Water temperature plays a major role in the timing, like with any trout species the cooler water is essential to finding active fish.

The cooler water also means you can look for them in shallower water and use a variety of baits ranging from spinners to various swim baits and flies for the fly fisherman or woman.

My personal preference is a light 2-hook spinner harness in Gold/Red or Silver/Red. Gold/Orange also produced very well for me last fall.

I have another colour combination that has yielded great results for specks but wasn’t as popular on any of the splake lakes I visited. I still have a lot of confidence in this striped combo given the success I’ve enjoyed in the past with speckles.

A close friend of mine got me onto these colours for speckles. He has worked in Algonquin Provincial Park for 20+ years now and has used this colour combo as his go-to colour when he gets a chance to wet a line.

These harnesses, as well as many other configurations for most freshwater species are another of my side-lines that I take great pride in.

I still get as excited today when I feel a fish on as I did way back when, but the added exhilaration of catching fish on tackle that I designed and put together even deepens the experience.

For a more complete look at my collection, visit;

Strike Zone Tackle

Not really sure what to expect in the upcoming weeks, as of now it still seems we’re able to go fishing, will this change, time will tell. I sure hope not because for me there’s no better “Self Isolating” than going fishing!

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Spring Bear Hunt 2020

Wow, I began putting this post together a few days ago but this morning I find myself with a very different outlook for the foreseeable future.

I have to say that I am experiencing a lot of emotion, and feelings of guilt.

Normally, this time of year see’s me getting ready for “Spring Fishing” but I had been pondering the possibility of taking part in this years’ Spring Bear Hunt. My plans, however for this spring have changed.

How can I make plans for anything pleasurable when people are dying, when we’re told to;

Stay Home to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

I find myself sitting here at my computer tapping away on the keys because I think that immersing myself into my blog is helping me to deal with this very real situation that’s going on right now, I’m scared, really scared!

This post was originally intended to help me decide on my plans for this spring. How selfish can I be, the only concern plaguing me, my own enjoyment when there are so many people out there on the front lines risking their lives to get us through this very difficult time. The only thing asked of me, please stay home! It seems like a no-brainer, not to mention essential, for all of our well beings.

In order to keep my mind occupied, I am going to try and focus on my blog and sit here in solitude trying to maintain my sanity or what’s left of it.

The thoughts I’ve encountered this morning have generated a different perspective on my future plans. As much as I was looking forward to initiating this new spring prospect I believe I’m going to put it on the back-burner and plan it for the fall when God-willing COVID-19 has been downgraded to a bad memory.

Being that this would have been my first-time bear hunting in many years I still need to research the current “Need to Know” essentials to ensure that I’m aware of what’s legal as well as gain any information or advice on how I can make any upcoming hunting attempt successful.

Thanks, Darryl for the great pic!

I have decided that maybe the best way to get some of my questions answered is to create a form with your input. I’m hoping that you would be kind enough to help me out by;

Please participating in this;

Black Bear Hunting Questionnaire

Thank you for taking the time to support me in this effort.

 

Please Stay Safe!

 

 

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Are You Ready?

With this COVID-19 dilemma happening, along with being isolated, I believe it’s important to keep our minds occupied with something else, something pleasant and relaxing.

We will get through this and life will return to normal, don’t know how long it will take, but there is light at the end of the rainbow.

The light at the end of my rainbow is getting out and enjoying the spring air on one of my favorite lakes, sounds a little selfish but it does accomplish social distancing.

With or without COVID-19 I would have probably already done an inventory check of my tackle box to see what has to be re-stocked before I get out on the water.

A typical visual of the average fisherman’s tackle box may include;

Fishing Tackle

 Terminal Tackle

 Tools

My tackle inventory, on the other hand, is a little different. Although there are some of the above-mentioned items, my actual tackle consists of mainly self-made creations.

There is only one thing for me that can add to the exhilaration of catching fish and that is catching fish with tackle I created.

I began making tackle over 20 years ago and have been doing so ever since.

In the beginning, it was all about saving money.

I stumbled onto a web site dedicated to “Walleye” fishing, a wealth of information on various aspects of my favorite freshwater species.

This site led me to a technique that a lot of the pros were using in the big tournaments across the U.S..

Bottom Bouncing with floating Crawler Harnesses was, at that time the latest rage in enticing walleye.

Little did I know how uncovering this knowledge would lead me where it did.

Apparently this technique had already become quite popular down in the states but up here in North Eastern Ontario it was unheard of and was yet to even hit the stores and bait shops. In order to attempt to learn this approach for landing walleye, I had to resort to ordering the required elements (Floating Harnesses and Bottom Bouncers) from the states.

I soon realized I could reduce my costs by purchasing the tackle components and building my own.

There was definitely a learning period, a lot of trial and error, and many hours of experimentation and practical application, but in the end, I had discovered my new favorite system for taking one of the area’s most sought-after fish!

My success rate continued to increase with every outing as I got used to the feel of the apparatus. It is very important to develop a feel for bottom for this technique to achieve the success that it has the potential to.

Soon some of my fishing buddies, guys who laughed and ridiculed me when they first saw my bulky and cumbersome riggings were swallowing their pride and asking if I could make set them up.

  • This new endeavor gave way to a couple of shared spinoffs, my newly found interest in tackle building which ultimately led to the creation of;

  • and a new passion for “Harness” fishing.

I have also, over the years successfully created a variety of additional spinner creations as well but tying harnesses has been my mainstay.

Although scaled back, Strike Zone Custom Tackle continues today offering wholesale sales as well as volume discounts to Canadian fishermen.

My vehemence for harness fishing has gone away beyond just success with “Walleye”. Most freshwater fish including all species of trout, northern pike, perch, any and all members of the bass family, pretty much anything that swims are vulnerable to the temptation of these natural presentations.

Getting back to the point of this post, my supply of appropriate harnesses for the individual target species as well as the required terminal tackle makes up my inventory update.  

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Modifications to an already awesome “Jerky Recipe”!

Well folks, I spent part of this past weekend attempting to improve on an already incredible recipe.

Results are in, operation: “Successful”!

Since the initiative began to formulate a goto “Jerky” recipe I have now come up with one that is easy, very much satisfies my taste palette and also addresses a density issue I have with using ground meat.

To explain the density issue I’m referring to when I think of “Jerky”, my automatic anticipation is a scrumptious meaty and chewy treat with a little spicy kick to it.

Having already produced some very tasty outcomes using a flat nozzle on my electric grinding machine and my manual jerky gun I find the final product, although extremely yummy lacks the chewiness normally associated with typical jerky.

Ground venison through a flat nozzle on a cooking rack.

Recently I had a good friend share some smoked treats with me which included moose jerky he made with ground moose. The denseness was definitely increased from any I produced with ground meat and was much more consistent with my definition of traditional jerky.

When I remarked on this attribute I asked him how he achieved this outcome? As well as achieving a much more jerky-like consistency it also wasn’t produced in thin narrow strips like that produced with a typical flat nozzle.

His reply surprised me because with all my research and investigation into various methods and recipes I never came across this very simple and effective technique.

In order to save time, he tried using a rolling pin to compress his ground meat to the desired thickness and placing the rounded slabs directly onto his smoker racks.

Upon completion, he simply broke off pieces in assorted sizes and placed them in a container.

As well as speeding up the process by not having to run it through a flat nozzle, using the rolling pin method also compresses the meat fibers more giving it more of a jerky-like consistency.

Recipe & Directions

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs of ground Venison

Marinade Ingredients

  • 1 small Tim Hortons Dark Roast (Black)
  • 1 cup of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup of Soya Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Liquid Smoke
  • 100g (approx 1/4 can, 425g) of Bread Crumbs

Directions

  • In a large container add your 4lbs of ground meat and mix together.
  • After it has been mixed pour the marinade over the ground meat and mix again thoroughly.
  • I placed saran wrap over the large mixing bowl and put it in the fridge overnight letting the marinade penetrate the ground meat.
  • In the morning I began removing about 3 handfuls of the marinaded burger at a time and placing it on a cutting board covered with wax paper.
  • You can also place wax paper over the ground meat as well, then begin flattening it out with a rolling pin to the desired thickness.
  • The compressed slabs of ground meat were then transferred to the oven rack which has a little too much space between rungs (better to have cooking racks) and cooked for 7 1/2 hrs @ 150° leaving a small crack in the oven door to release moisture.
  • If your preference is a thin result, up to 1/4″ you can reduce cooking time. I find that rather than giving you a certain time it is better to periodically taste test the product starting at about 4 hrs until reaching the desired result.

Note

My final outcome yielded varied results due to a disparity in thickness. The rolling pin method, although very effective can produce a variance in the thickness of the jerky unless closely monitored.

What I was left with was jerky that went from thin, well-done or slightly over-cooked to a thicker meatier indulgence.

Given that my preference is the thicker outcome I think it’s important to acknowledge that with the extra thickness comes increased cooking time.

The thinner pieces turned out a little tougher with the thicker sections just the right quality for my palate.

Leaving your jerky sit until at least the next day before starting to indulge is also a good idea as there is also a definite difference in flavor and texture as it ages.

Keep in mind that I recommend storing your jerky in the fridge if it’s only going to last for a short period of time or in the deep freeze for a longer period, taking it out and thawing when you have a craving. In my home freezing this delicacy is not an option as the craving is already prevalent and the quantity is never enough!

This technique combined with this special marinade makes it a favorite of mine, try it and see if you agree!

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Step 1 – Picking a Location

This is my third year not getting out on the ice and it’s really affecting me mentally. I have decided to take the initiative to revitalize my favorite winter pastime by confronting my physical limitations head-on and finding solutions to overcome them.

The first hurdle to “Getting Back on the Ice” seems to have been established. Definitely not the conundrum that I thought it would be, I decided to return to the lake which I was set up on the last time I had an ice hut out.

The consideration for this location was not immediate because although it meets all the primary requirements it did not produce a lot of success in the years we were there.

Having said that we did manage some nice fish, just not an abundance but we did have some super good times.

Couple of my buddies showing off their riches!

When the fish aren’t biten! Good times!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making memories, isn’t that what it’s all about!

I quickly realized the objective of this endeavor, catching fish, although the goal, is not the “end all” of this undertaking. Being able to get back out and enjoy nature is much more important with catching fish being a bonus.

  • The main requirement for this plan to move forward is the location will have to be near my home with easy access.
  • Hut location will have to be accessible by 4-wheeler.

I intend on using my bike which is equipped with a blade to keep the slush manageable, both on the trail out as well as the area around the hut.

The choice of a location for next year has also inspired a new research project. Although the waterbody selected contains walleye, northern pike and perch it also includes a very healthy smallmouth bass population, which, during the open water season are relatively easy to catch due to their abundance.

With this knowledge, locating and catching this very sought after game fish during the winter months would be a very beneficial investigation for me to initiate. In the couple of years that we have already spent on this lake, I believe I can only remember one winter smallie being landed.

Stay tuned for my findings on “Winter Smallies” soon!

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Getting back on the ice!

It’s been a few years now since I called it quits for “Hardwater” fishing and I’m finding this winter exceptionally difficult.

The need to be out on the ice goes far beyond just catching fish, it’s who we are, it’s one of the components that make up our love of the bigger picture, being outdoors and taking advantage of all it has to offer.

The decision to give it up was not something that I wanted to do, it was something I felt I had to do.

Having a weight issue pretty well all my life I reached a point where it was easier to give it all up than to deal with the physical limitations I continually encountered for a day out.

I am now realizing how much damage I’m doing to my psyche come wintertime. Between ice fishing and the sport of curling, winter was never this bad. I was always active and doing things that I really enjoyed, leaving this time of year just another feature in my seasonal cycle.

My oldest daughter who is now all grown up. Memories like this are what it’s all about!

To intensify the anxiety associated with this dilemma I am a single dad with 3 kids, my youngest is my 11-year-old son, who, even at this young age recalls ice fishing adventures from a few years back. He very often expresses his desire to get back out on the ice as this was one of his favorite winter pass-times.

Sitting and gazing out my window, I endlessly reminisce about winter’s gone by and feeling sorry for myself. I find myself constantly trying to figure out a way to be able to once again enjoy some of what winter has to offer, especially making more memories with my son.

This is definitely possible but there are other factors to consider.

Pictured here is a good friend of mine with a beauty northern in front of my little 4 x 8 ice hut I used to have.

Quality, easy access ice fishing opportunities in our area are not really plentiful, although not impossible, require preparation and some financial planning to make for enjoyable future prospects.

This post is the first in which I hope is the beginning of an overall plan to get my kids and I back out on the ice and putting winters’ like this behind us. Continuing to look forward to the change of seasons and making more memories with my little guy and his sisters are now my objective.

As I move forward with this proposal I am going to use this platform to address the obstacles as well as note my progression towards making this happen.

Here are a few of the issues that I can think of offhand which require solutions before I can proceed with this endeavor.

  • choose a location with easy access
  • to build or purchase another ice shelter (my preference is to construct another small hut)
  • come up with a way to raise the necessary funds to make this happen.
  • collect the required building materials to build a small hut if this ends up being the way I go.
  • Ice auger??
  • will I be able to use my ATV to access my hut

or

  • will I have to come up with more money to get my old snowmobile running again?

As you can see this may be a difficult undertaking and I’m not sure that I can even make this a reality but it is important to initiate the attempt as soon as possible to keep the enthusiasm alive.

Another tactic to help maintain my drive to make this happen is my intention to document my progress here. Every facet of this project will be recorded on this blog.

I’m not sure how interested any of you are on the development of my mission but I’m hoping that publishing my progress may help me reach the final goal,

Getting back out on the ice!

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