Spent the weekend social distancing and self-isolating about 10 miles from the nearest other human.
The plan was to head up Saturday morning, stop at the cabin, pick up my gear and than fish Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. In the winter we use snowmobiles to access the cabin as the driveway is 2 miles long and it's just not worth keeping it open. Well made it 0.5 mile and came upon this:
So had to walk the remaining 1.5 miles in and back out with the chainsaw. By the time I finished the walking, got the saw running (it can be grumpy after sitting a while especially when it's 10F) and got the tree out of the way i decided to change my plans and relax by the wood stove. Slept in until 9 so it was 1030 before i was out on the lake Sunday morning.
Day was absolutely gorgeous with temps around 10F:
Home for the day:
Almost immediately i had a 10.5 and 11.5 inch perch:
Soon after those 2 I hooked what i thought was a decent size walleye as it was peeling line off my reel. I got it to the bottom of the hole and saw the biggest perch i have ever seen in my life. Sad to say at that point the spoon caught on the bottom edge of the hole and dislodged from the fish. After that it was quiet for about an hour and than i started catching 14 or 15 inch walleye regularly (8 total on the day):
At about 445 pm some bigger walleye moved in and started hammering my minnow tipped spoon. In 15 minutes i burned through 9 minnows but only managed to ice 3 of them. At this point i was out of minnows. 2 of the 3 were about 17 inches but the guy who inhaled my second last minnow was the prize - he was 18.5 and came home with me:
So day's total was 2 perch and 11 walleye of which I kept the perch and the 18.5 inch walleye, The rest went back to fatten up for a season or two. One last thing - I really need to stud the track on my snowmobile - sliding all over the place on the ice.
Next episode of self-isolation will involve chasing brook trout and lake trout on the ice (ice is 26 inches thick right now) - stay tuned.