As they say... All good things must come to an end. Yesterday was the official close to our walleye season across the state, and while I felt like sheding a tear or two as we pulled some houses home, I was able to look back and reminisce to myself with a smile. We really had another epic year on the ice, and I mean that in many ways. The laugh meter kept itself at a very high level all season which makes every night a blast. This season we had times of both quality and quantity with the eyes that we were catching, with the highlight being the 9, 11, & 12 pounders three nights in a row. We had many first timers in the houses this year, and many nights of filling the jar with eaters. As always, I was able to report about the "ones that got away," and the laughs associated with the tangles and messes. We put many hours in those houses and even more hours learning the lake and its structure. We shared many games of dice and cards, and for living on the ice, the food was pretty spectacular too. I want to take this time to thank everbody personally for all the memories, however the list is too darn long. You all know who you are, and I thank you all for memories and the Trophy Encounters!
While this season just came to a close, there are still so many opportunities for us as outdoors people. This time of year still offers us walleye fishing at its finest, however we just have to travel a little further. I know it sounds hard to believe, but I plan to be fishing open water very soon as the rivers start flowing. Boy am I excited to be back in a boat again! If you have never experienced the fantastic river fishing we have, I highly recommend that you make it a priority this season. If you would like to learn more about it I would love to have you with on a trip.
Not only do we have the rivers, but the panfish bite kicks into full stride as the ice fades off the lakes. This can be the most exciting bite of the year for those big "bull" gills, "Slab" crappies, and Big Bellied Jumbo Perch. So while the stories from the walleyes in the shanties have come to an end, the Trophy Encounters updates will continue at their normal pace. If you would still like to hit the ice, we have plenty of it and it can be very exciting for you and a group of people. Thanks again Everybody, and stay tuned for what is next on the list for us guys that like to Live The Dream!!!