If you know me you know that I like to make list after list after list. Of course crossing things of the lists as a I go is a bonus. Now that we are on our 4th day of spring its time to start cleaning and planning. I’m not talking dusting shelves and throwing out trash. Rather, I mean getting the permanent ice house off the lake and beginning to prepare for the open water. This entails knowing your local laws and regulations. Most places permanent houses need to be off the lake by now, Remember, this does mean that fishing is over. In discussing ice fishing as always it is important to remember safety. This time of year Mother Nature is constantly teasing us giving us warm weather, a few inches of snow, another warm-up and back to cooler temps again. With this occurring it is essential to be aware of ice condition on your lake as changes in temperature can compromise its integrity. Any changes that need to made to your houses should be done right after removing from the lake so one is not forgetting or in a hurry next ice season.
Now that we’ve cleaned up from ice fishing and made it off the lake safely, it’s time to plan for the upcoming open water season. During this time it is important to pick up a current fishing license, pick up your states regulation book, be aware specific lakes regulations, and be proactive in combatting aquatic invasive species. If you have a trip or two planned for the upcoming year it would be a great idea to confirm your reservation, pay any deposits to hold reservations, get together with those you are traveling with and work out the details. Now the fun part….get out your boat, fishing poles, lures etc and examine anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Depending on where you live, I highly recommend hitting up a local sports show for the latest and greatest. I can honestly say I have never gone to show and now come out with at least 1 new item that I can use for the upcoming season……OK to be honest I could probably add a few more things to your list to think about but I want to know what you cleaned up and are planning for the next season
Thanks for reading Bowstringers