Back to Normal for 2010 – That is if fishing and boating are your thing

Coming soon...more trips like this one for Mark Maras out to the Mid-Lake Humps for some quality smallmouth

It was a nice drive last night by the water. Thoughts about what friends have been telling me about getting out on the water still clear in my memory while I watched a freighter come out of the shipping channel and into the Lake, lights ablaze. The sheriffs boats at Harley Ensign were still shrink wrapped but every single launch walkout was in the water. No half measures here. The season is alive and well. At 9:30pm there was even a boat pulling out of the water. With the smaller aluminum boat they couldn’t have gone far, the cold wind was pushing the waves hard into the end of the peninsula.

Tavan Tucker makes a solid catch with this northern pike in 2008

One doesn’t have to look far ahead in the weather patterns to see the promise of better times to come. Here’s what next week looks like as it stands right now:

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. North northeast wind around 14 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 57. North northeast wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

The fish have already been biting so this kind of warming trend can only do one thing, fire them up. Still, the cold water will keep them in a normal early season state but that’s way OK. It’s a lot better than it’s been in a long time.

(c) Wayne Carpenter

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