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Winter gives way to sports show season

Notes from the North Woods

Winter gives way to sports show season

The winter season has gotten off to a tremendous start, due to a series of serious storms which whitewashed the region during the recent Holiday season. Unfortunately, if current weather forecasts prove accurate, the white stuff may soon melt into the ground, which has not yet frozen.

Despite the appearance of ice fishermen on several regional lakes, the quality and quantity of local lake ice is very questionable. Personally, I have not been out on the ice, and I have no intentions of attempting to go anytime soon. Although reports indicate there is about 2-3 inches of solid ice, there are also over 18 inches of snow insulating the hard cap.

With the deep snow cover, the lakes are not making any ice and the deep snow and slush makes travel tough and uncomfortable.

While I never like to miss out on an opportunity to fish, I have no interest in imitating an olive in a martini. The fish will have to wait, and so will I.

If you do plan to get out, be sure to bring along a hank of rope, a PFD seat cushion, ice spikes and a long pole or hockey stick.

There have been several reports of anglers breaking through the ice, and I know of at least one new snowmobile that has already performed submarine duty.

Sportsman Show Season

In recent years, an interesting recreational trend has been occurring during the late winter, early spring season. As climate change saps the punch out of our most enduring of seasons, many local sportsmen and women have retreated indoors to enjoy all sorts of their favorite outdoor sports.

Safe from the ravages of the North Country weather, this diverse group of like minded sportsmen, sportswomen and even children have discovered that many of the region’s wildest experiences can be found at a local Sportsmans Show.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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