The last time you know that you will be wetting a line this year. It is a bitter sweet feeling you get as the time grows closer and closer to the predetermined time you have chosen to head back to the landing. I always like to have that one last fish hit just before you start the motor to head back in. But alas it was not meant to be. Not an ice fisherman but feeling as empty as I do now, I may have to be!
Last fishing trip of the year
One thing that makes it tough is that the fishing seasons are open pretty much all year, somewhere for something. Back in the old days it was easy because the season was closed. Period! Like hunting season. I think its how you transition to the next outdoor activity. There is always great anticipation over a long winter of getting gear ready for opening day once again.
Last trips are always extreme, I think they can be bittersweet, they really can suck, or you can make the best of it and make it a whole different new adventure, but it can also be a fishing trip to remember! Be ready!!!
You never know can be record cold and record snow... Or a totally new spot on a whim and a mother load of fish in record time... You gotta try and you never know...
I think the first 2 weeks of November will be cold this year... No 60's or even a few days of middle / high 50's!
It's always a crapshoot, but I think I'm right about this, anyone wanna bet? Come on, global warming, fake climate change.... Indian Summer!!!
I think it's gonna stay cold till March or even April... Maybe 65 F at 2 a.m. in the 3rd week of January ! Crazy...
It's always bitter sweet when I winterize the boat. Sad another year of open water is done, but excited to ice fish.
It's also bitter sweet being on the ice the last day of the year. I always stop and turn around when I'm walking off the ice and think "well, this is it till next year". It's sad to put the stuff away, but I'm excited to get the boat out for spring perch and walleye.
That's the nice thing about living in Wisconsin, for me there is always something to be looking forward to. Getting ready for a few weeks of bowhunting now, then gun season, then ice fishing, then sturgeon spearing, then late ice fishing, then spring walleye/ perch in the boat, then turkey hunting, then morel mushrooms, then summer and all of the activities that brings and repeat.
My boat is on the water every month of the year.
I get that same feeling every year when I have to hang up the ice fishing equipment. And being that I live in Southern Wisconsin, that time comes too soon most years! In the 22 years I've lived in Southern Wisconsin now only twice have I been able to walk on ice in April. When I lived up in Green Bay where I was raised I can hardly remember a year I wasn't on the ice somewhere in April! Heck, I even remember still driving out a couple of times the first week of April!
I know the feeling. Winterizing my boat is always one of the saddest days of the year. I'm hoping I can find a brave soul to get out with on Saturday as that could very well be the last outing. But in reality not many of my friends fish and those that do are sissies lol
I do strongly recommend taking up ice fishing, though. I honestly like it more than open water fishing.