Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
james_walleye

early spring vs late spring

Recommended Posts

Well last year was probably the worst year I've ever had for muskie fishing. 2010 was my best year and looking back at pictures I was wearing a jacket fishing on May 8th. I think the cooler the water throughout the year, the better. Last year the water was too hot for too long.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last year was two fold, it was good fishing, BUT it was too hot for too long. I myself stopped fishing muskies for about a month plus due to hot water temps. I had buddies really catching them but I am not a fan of watching a nice fish crawl back in the water...just my opinion. Enough of that rant. I prefer a colder spring because I think it gives the lake more time to develop more weed growth. Early springs seem to have warmer water with not much cover to show for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah 2010 was a later spring and a cooler summer and fishing was great. water temps stayed in the low 70s all summer long which i think is ideal.

last couple years it hasn't been as consistent for me with the higher temps, although good fall action made up for it and total numbers were about the same so i guess i'll take it however it comes. i wouldn't mind a late spring and cool summer though after the last two years of scorchers.

i don't disagree with what muskiefever said about the weedgrowth and cover either, there might be something to that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in on the colder the spring the better, no ? about it after checking 24 years worth of diary, I couldn't be happier this spring. Just a few years ago, opening day wearing sorels, water temps I think 57-58, cold as heck out there and 5 casts in a nice 53" and shortly after a 45" and we missed a few and had like 15 follows some medium hot kinda and eventually it shut off completely but that hour I'll never forget really. So this colder spring doesn't scare me at all, definitely not an easy pattern as if they eat like mad one day usually the next for me is really bad, often going against the grain and trying a new lake the 2nd day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • wow.....thats cool......................hmmm idea for da next bear, whenever i get drawn and get one !!!!!!!!!
    • Well no reason to come back out of the woods or off the lake ice fishing this year at noon on Sundays!  😕
    • I don't get the concept that we won't get anything in return for him.  If you are using that theory look at Kawai Leonard...San Antonio seemed to get something for a guy that everyone knew was not gonna work with San Antonio and everyone said they would only get something from the Lakers but Toronto stepped up made a play and the word is that they may be the front runner on resigning him!  Look at Paul George...he was in the same boat that he was not gonna resign with anyone and the Thunder took a chance and now they have him on the books for years to come cuz he changed his mind.  Players in the NBA seem to change every month as to what they want to do.  Get rid of Butler, get some good assets, and move on.
    • I have about 100 left.  Hoping to use them up before the ice season.  The commercial flats do not have a cover and we slip them into a Menard shopping bag.  I have a 1/3 flat (or so) with a cover that is keeping them inside.  
    • Donbo, I totally get that they will not change things for me as a single individual, and I get how they need to keep things tight laced for public safety and everything.  I just keep getting these bad thoughts about the whole organization.  Last year I did not draw a primary hunt anywhere (tried for 8 with 2 preference points) and my buddy's neighbor hunted in 6 different hunts because he is a coordinator and high up the ranks of the organization.  I would have coordinated a hunt to get the chance and told them that.  I just keep getting back to that good old boys club thing.  Its a great opportunity, it is close to home, but I feel it is managed to the likes of those who have done it forever and are in the group.   I will keep doing it, but that is my thoughts on it. 
    • I haven't hunted with MBRB yet but have a couple buddies that have.  They've all had good and bad things to say about it.  They thought it was very organized and its awesome that you can get access to some good hunting very close to home.  However, they've all been frustrated by the rigidity of the hunts and some of the rules put into place that handcuff you a bit.  For them it became difficult to participate due to the mandatory minimum hunting days and the meeting schedule.  Its understandable that the hunts require you to jump through some hoops as the organizers are trying to appease a lot of important groups (city/county officials, local police, possibly the general public, etc) and they need to make sure that everything is done right in order to protect the future of the MBRB and their access to the different hunt areas. However, those hoops do make it difficult for many people.      My buddies all said they'd do it again but not until right now.  With young kids at home and busy work schedules they are never sure if they can adhere to the time requirements.  We've all talked about giving it a try down the road once the kids are all a bit older and we are able to get away a bit easier. 
    • Had a semi-productive weekend despite being cold and rainy most of the time.    Had a good talk with the neighbor. Gave me lots of tips for the area and shot the breeze for a while. Even though I have repeatedly told him he doesn't need to, he is going to move his stand. Also, found out the 2 parcels south of me have also recently sold, so there may be a bunch of newbies in the area.    A border patrol officer stopped by and chatted with us for a while. He seemed like great guy and resource for the area. He has actually hunted the land I bought in the past and his son took a bear out of there last year.    We got a bridge built. Probably just a temporary solution. Our power poles that we brought up were a little short to make it perfect but it will do it's purpose for now.     Seen 6 deer (or maybe the same group of 3, twice). Even found some bear droppings.    Didn't get much for trails in due to the wet weather but plan to head up again next weekend.    This is looking down the clearing to the east, my property.    Looking to the south. Property line is at the posted sign. Was sitting in this old stand for a while watching deer browse the clearing. 
    • I stopped by one evening at Palmer Lake and talked to the guys coming out at the end of the day a year or two ago.  They were pretty frustrated because they said the city picks out trees they can put their stands in and they were seeing Deer every day but just out of range of the tree.  I said, so they let hunters in to thin the Deer but they wouldn't let them hunt the way they know how to, by picking out their stand spots?  They can't get out of their stands to stalk a Deer as well. 😵  I guess the stand placement and no stalking is for public safety. But that would be a frustrating hunt watch them and can't go after them!
    • Awesome story! That's amazing your Dad can pull off trips like this at 69 yrs old! I can only hope to be in that kind of shape at that age.    Thanks for writing this up! 
×