It seems that Big Wood now has small mouth Bass. Some may think this is good, some fisherman may not be happy. But I understand they are fun to catch.
This is the morning snapshot from our webcam. The ice is getting darker every day. If you have not made your ice out guess yet or posted your ice out date and want to change it, you have 2 more days. I think it will be sooner than later. I am going with April 21st (my birthday)
So get your poles ready for some spring fishing. Open water is coming.
Another sign of spring is the bird activity. This morning, I heard my favorite, the chickadee, singing. I am sure they make various calls all winter but it is their song that attracts me to listen and reply.
With spring on the horizon, we will start to hear and see many other birds either nesting or migrating through. Be sure to look up once in awhile when exploring.
The ducks, I think they are Common Merganser, have also been tootling around in our “yard” which is a mini pond right now. I hear them quacking at all hours of the night and day. They better be careful as I also saw a pretty big minks the other day by the lakeside cabins.
Here we are, mid July and this Pandemic is still around. We do hope that all of you out thee are staying safe and still able to enjoy the summer.
We are lucky in Maine that there has not been many horrific outbreaks. Could it be that people are maintaining distances or wearing face coverings in Maine, or is it simply because our clean air and ability to get out in it is helping? Who knows.
We do know that Maine people this summer are truly discovering Maine! Specifically, our area and maybe even other towns that they have never been to before. At least this is what are guests are saying.
Many of our guests so far have said they have never been to Jackman. They wanted a place to visit where they could get out and explore the outdoors and feel like they can still maintain distance from others.
That is what the Jackman region can offer. Wide open space. You do not need to have an ATV, a boat, or even a fishing pole to be outdoors. But if you do, we have lakes and streams to fish and trails to ride. Or, you can stay at camp and play ball with the kids, swim in the lake, make a campfire at night and roast marshmallows. Or put on some sunscreen and just enjoy being outdoors and the serenity many find here.
We had a group here this week that brought their ATVs, grills, pop up tent and corn hole game. They rode hard all day then spent the evenings talking, laughing, cooking out and watching a sunset by the campfire. What a great way to end a perfect day with friends.
The ice out date was May 9th this year. I do not have an exact time but probably afternoon after the wind kicked up a bit.
This is a photo I captured from our webcam on Wednesday evening around 8pm. It appears that 99% of the ice is out but all along this eastern shore, is a thick layer of ice. So I hesitated to call it. In our contest though, Celie was the closest to win. Nice job Celie!
But the problem of declaring ice out was that even at 10 am on the 9th, there was still ice at the boat landing. Part of how they decide on” ice out” is there cannot be ice from the boat landing to Sally Mountain. As you can see, it is still there.
By afternoon though, we did see a couple boats on the lake. Open water fishing can commence here in Jackman. I did hear though that Moosehead is out too.
March 13, 2019
I was reminded 3 times last week…”when are you going to post the ice out contest?”
Well, here you go.
Time for you all to guess when the ice will go out on Big Wood this year. As most of Maine, we had snow in November, and the lake froze over well before season open. As of today, the fisherman are needing an extension on the augers, so over 3 feet thick.
We have had a very cold, blowy, snowy winter so far. Today I think it is the warmest at 38.
The ice out date last year was May 5th at 4:30 am.
So how this will work:
Choose your date and time. Choosing a time is helpful if multiple people choose the same date. The person closest to the time will win.
Add a comment to this post with your guess. We can only accept one entry per person/email.
The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2019.
The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2019.
The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 15th, 2019.
Please Note: Only one discount permitted per stay at Cozy Cove Cabins and our same discount rules apply. (payment by check or cash, cabin minimum must be met)
Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.
LET’S THE GUESSING BEGIN!
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After intense winds that started Friday, the ice on Big Wood finally went out, except for in our yard, Saturday morning May 5th. As for our ice out contest, I will wait to announce the winner as the official day may be the evening of the 4th.
With the snow melt and a couple big storms, the lake water is very high right now. It is almost touching the steps we have between cabins 3 and 4. With that being said, we may not get our dock out until the 4th of July. We hope someone opens the gates soon.
This, in my humble opinion, is the best time for spring fishing. The salmon are hungry and they seems to bit more. You do have to be a little more cautious boating though as it is harder to determine the shoreline.
Hope to see you soon.
YEAH! Beautiful warm sunny day and Steve was able to get the dock out. Time to come on up, do a little fishing, sit on the dock or take a boat ride.
What a beautiful day today. The lake water is finally receding and we almost have a lawn agajn. We are still not able to put out the dock but soon.
Our quests this weekend are boating and fishing (one caught a nice 17 inch trout last night) and since our trails opened yesterday, many are out enjoying the ATV trails.
Of course, we are also remembering those lost while serving our country. God bless.
The ice is getting darker and thinner. Ice put will be happening soon. All we need is a good wind. It looks like timmyp may be the closest to winning. Good luck.
With that being said, spring fishing is right around the corner. Have you made your reservation yet?
We did get 8 inches of snow in town this weekend. BUT trails are not open yet. This was our first good snow followed by very cold temps so trail opening depends on how much snow we get this week (12″ plus in the forecast) and the temperatures.
The club has started some panning of trails but they will not post open trails until after this next storm. Please be patient just as we need to be. We will not tell you that riding is great unless it is.
The sad part for you ice fisherman; Big Wood is still open water. I do not know if the lake has ever not been frozen for opening day of ice fishing.
Think cold and snow. It will happen.
Just a note to say thank you to those who have stayed with us in past years and to welcome those who have not. We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very joyous New Year.