Today is Tuesday March 15th and the last day of this walleye season. As it closes, I thought it would be good to reflect on an incredible hardwater fishing season… Wait a minute. What was so incredible about it? I remember January’s weather was awful with the wind blowing hard and changing its direction every 12 hours. I remember Perch anglers getting shut right down after first ice, seldom bringing home a limit after a full day hard at it. What and when do these fish eat anyway? Mark, mark, mark and no bite! Ok, that’s enough of that…we all know fisherman are complaining liars. Here’s the real story. Ice conditions were pretty favorable starting in December. First ice was solid fishing, as it should be. Once truck travel started, the bite was hampered. Ok, January did have an 8 day stretch that would’ve starved a village if depending on Eyes from the Bay.  Fortunately, we have freezers and Kipling Bar next door. They feed us a bunch during the season. It wasn’t until late February that the walleye bite turned on, like it typically does in the mid February. So a little late this year. From can’t get ‘em to bite, to seasoned anglers reporting a record year for the number of eater walleye caught. In the 100s. Perch? How bout that 2 pounder Kyle weighed up about a week ago. Alot of perch anglers struggled to get limits but bagged smaller numbers of big perch. My Pike hunters prefer to be as elusive as the giant predators they’re after. No pictures shared. No Names! I do know it was a pretty good year with many Pike over 40 inches caught. And finally, my good friend Cold Front Kenny and I got a chance to spend some time wrapping up the season jiggin. We got a few eaters and Cold Front coaxed this one to strike his Moonshine Shiver Minnow to finish out this Incredible Hardwater Fishing Season. For more great pictures from this Season, check out the Live Well page on our website at www.bladesbait.com. See you next season when heaven freezes over again.

Increasing your odds,

-Blade

…& Lacy, Cold Front Kenny, Cedar & Red too!!