These past few days of record breaking warm temperatures has most fishermen in my area in a frenzy. Many are gearing up for the upcoming walleye season but it got me thinking, does the season ever really end? I get that the annual walleye run only happens once a year (twice actually) but for the more diversified angler there is never an off season.
This morning I found myself back on the Huron River still searching for that unicorn. These last few months have been difficult trying to land one steelhead. A lack of fish and high water have made my efforts basically futile. I keep trying though. It beats sitting at home and counting the days till the walleye start up. I’m sure there are a few out there now, there always are but I’m in no hurry. The time will come when I will be able to catch them on a regular basis and I won’t have to fight the crowds to do it. This should be the start of some great fishing for the next few years. Successful hatches for the last three years have increased the western basin population so I’m optimistic. In the mean time I’ll continue to chase unicorns and possibly some smallies or a carp or two for now. I have time, all year as a matter of fact. That’s the advantage of being a diversified angler and not a one trick pony. I can fish open water pretty much all year. That point really hit home when I bought my new Simms waders. James, at Schultz’s outfitters, told me that after a few months of use they would send them back to Simms to pressure check them for leaks. He told me when I have some down time and I wasn’t fishing to bring them back. I gave him “the look” and he laughed and said “you’re right, what was I thinking”.
So good luck everyone, a new season is upon us, or for the more fortunate it is just a continuation. Either way get out and enjoy it.