The days are getting longer and the extended forecast looks mild. Spring is definitely on its way to NW Ontario. The way it looks right now, I'll guess it's not going to be a late ice out year. (** EDIT - April 11th - As the forecast has changed, my revised guess for ice out on Lac Seul is May 12th. With opener on the 18th, it's looking like it will in fact be a close one!**) We have a lot of snow too, so hopefully that leads to high water on Lac Seul.
Despite the signs of spring, we still have plenty of ice fishing left. The best ice fishing of the season in fact. Here's a few highlights from the season so far.
I still get a kick out of seeing my writing come to life in the pages of Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine. I've had a handful of articles over the last few issues and even landed another cover shot on the Jan-Feb issue.
My Sioux Lookout destination feature in the 2019 Fishing Annual was a fun one to write as I was able to showcase the incredible fishing we have here in my hometown.
After running the Helix 9 on my guide boat at Winoga last season, I knew I had to have one for my own boat. This unit features Mega Down and Side Imaging and of course AutoChart Live, which is mind blowing. If you haven't seen AutoChart Live in action, you owe it to yourself to check it out! Total game changer!
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.