The weather we've had here in NW Ontario this March will go down as the warmest in memory. The snow disappeared so quickly and the ice is already unsafe. And to think, last year we were ice fishing well into mid-April. Now my snowmobile is put to bed for the summer and my short rods are stored for another year. Looking back, though, it was an awesome season on the ice - short as it was.
I snapped this shot on March 22nd at the Deception landing boat launch on Lac Seul. The ice is breaking down quickly and any current areas are already open water.
The whole lake is probably going to be ice free before walleye season closes on April 15th. This unique situation will result in some great opportunities for catching 'pre-season' walleye from a boat.
There are a lot of things to look forward to in the spring - particularly ice out lake trout fishing and turkey hunting. Stay tuned for more reports.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.