All good things must come to an end, and that's the case with my hardwater season. I've had the best ice fishing season I can remember but it's time to pack away the short rods and the auger.
The last outing of the season was a great day on Minnitaki chasing walleye. The action wasn't as fast as the last trip out there but overall we landed bigger fish.
My friend Colin shows off a nice walleye that inhaled a Lindy Darter
Even this big Ling / Burbot / Eelpout fell for the darter!
Around late morning we decided to try a couple brand new spots that we'd been talking about all winter. The first was a bust (this time) but our friend Greg sniffed out a spot not far away that proved to be a winner. We had good action and many nice walleye over 21" came off that new spot.
My last 'iced' fish of the year - what a beauty!
Walleye remains open until April 15th and the ice will be safe for a while yet to chase trout after walleye closes. However, it's time for me to shift gears and tackle some other pursuits. Stay tuned for reports on ice-out lake trout, catfish and wild turkey hunting! Spring and softwater are just around the corner.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.