Roller Coaster Spring
Got back from Florida mid-February to unseasonably warm weather for a couple of weeks, followed by a seasonal March with good fishing for walleyes and perch. April we returned to December weather–with high water. May arrived with water high but dropping. At least until mid-May. The 8th-18th offered pretty good fishing, with unusual stuff, like the year’s 2nd brown trout (a 23 incher) and feisty gar up to 50.5″ long. Big walleyes on chatterbaits, everything in the River on an oxbow pattern Rat-l-Trap–including the trout and many gar. We’re now three full weeks into May. last night we got 1.2″ of rain, which came after o.7″ a week earlier when the May pattern started sliding back towards late November. On the 17th the air temp was an uncomfortable 86, water temp was 70. Then the big slide with a side dish of rain. Got off the water today the air temp was 52 and the water just 2 degrees warmer…and the water is on the rise into minor flood stage by memorial day.Maybe we’ll see June weather by june.