I know it’s been a while since I posted a fishing report.

I’ve been busy with a number of the Outdoor & Fishing Shows that have been in the area the past six or seven weeks everywhere from Schaumburg to Indianapolis to Milwaukee. They were all good shows with a lot of new equipment, new tackle, new fishing lines and new fishing rods. I didn’t buy as much as I have in the past, because I didn’t need as much but I purchase some new braided line to try from Power Pro, and a few new half-ounce spinner baits.

As for actually fishing, ice fishing on local lakes this year was at best fair. We were still fishing from a boat on open water on Lake Geneva in January because there was no ice cover on Fontana Bay.

You really needed to go to the middle of Wisconsin and north to find good, safe ice all season. What’s left of the ice fishing season here is rapidly coming to a close. Most lakeshores are already returning to water, making venturing out on the ice to be pretty dangerous.

The best advice came from one of professional guides on Lake Geneva” “It was it was a fun season, but it’s over and it’s time to get your boats ready.”

I couldn’t agree more. 

This weekend I’ll be busy putting fresh line on a lot of my fishing reels getting them ready for the 2020 season and checking the guides on my fishing rods for and nicks or abrasions from last year’s fishing that could damage my new line.

The next projects in the coming weekends will be my tackle boxes which need a much needed going over and taking out all the lures I didn’t use last season.

You all have read my rant about protecting the Boundary Waters and Voyagers National Park from the pollution caused by toxic sulfide-ore copper mining in the Boundary Waters watershed.

This type of mining has been around for years all around the globe and it has never once NOT polluted the surrounding watershed. Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCullom has introduced HR 5899 which would prohibit this type of mining anywhere in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park or the Superior National Forest.  This bill will pass the House because it has a strong bi-partisan backing and should also pass the Senate. Let’s hope for the best after that.

Let’s get ready for the upcoming fishing season, plan some great outings’ and enjoy our great fishing here in the area.

Until next time … keep a tight line.