A friend of ours who obviously has “the eye” for capturing beauty on film, sent this to me today. Normally, at this time of year, you would not see the rocks along our shore nor the brown areas on the yard. It is usually all still white. This is prettier, I think, in some ways. Of course the skyline adds to the beauty also.
It has been an odd cold but less snow winter this year. Even still, I am ready for spring thaw to happen and start working the garden and the yard.
We hope everyone is able to get out around their own home and breath in some fresh air and sunshine. Be safe and be healthy.
What a crazy winter we are all having. Where is all the snow? Luckily, I think Jackman is the only place to find any decent riding. No it is not perfect and thee are some areas south and east of us getting a bit rough but there is still plenty of trails to enjoy.We have a pretty solid base so any snow the higher elevations did get, has helped. The groomers went out Monday and will go out again tonight to do areas needed.
Reports from our guests say that once you are out of town, the trails are holding up. The ride to Pittston is good as well as to the border. We had a few who went to the first clubhouse in Quebec and said that area was awesome.
Another option is off trail or on un plowed roads. Since there has not been a lot of snow, you will not get stuck as easy and yet plenty to ride on.
From other clubs: Pittston has been grooming and went up toward Kokajo also. They say the trails are in great shape. Many have said Rockwood and Greenville riding is pretty rough but the club said they groomed on the 28th. Parlin area is holding up. They said to watch for some rocks around Coburn Mtn and some bare spots in the woods. They say most bad spots are passable but rough.
SO simply, yes you can find some good riding but be aware of some rough areas, icy curves and all the clubs are recommending scratchers. There will be a lot of people out there this weekend so ride to the right and stay safe!
Free Ice fishing weekend is coming up. February 15-16, 2020, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.
Here on Big Wood, fisherman try for the Splake, Trout, Salmon, Yellow Perch and cusk. January seems better for trout but truly it is up to the luck and skill of the fisherman.
SO here are some ice fishing tips I pulled from the Maine Sportsman author, Tom Seymour
If you want to catch Salmon, the best bait is smelt. Set up your traps with only enough added weight to keep your bait from swimming to the top. GO with a hook and a small sinker, nothing else. “Set most of your traps so that t6he smelt is only a few feet beneath the ice. This is to intercept the salmon that are cruising just under the ice in search of smelt. Reserve a line or 2 for deeper water just in case” Check bits regularly, sit back and hope for the best.
Now what about the Togue. They can keep an angler running after flags all day Drop your lines deep using smelt. Tom describes using a jigging rod but that is beyond my understanding.
Taking care of your catch is simple: fill and chest with snow, add the fish and cover with more snow. They will stay fresh to cook back at camp.
Others suggest that Brook trout are often found near the shoreline and best using smelts or worms. One angler suggested, drilling one hole and test it for 30 minutes. If no luck move on to another.
We do not know of anyone who rents ice fishing equipment but you can buy traps here in town as well as bait. You can also rent shacks or just bring your chair and have a great day.
In town Jackman did not get the 6-10 inches of snow that was in the forecast last weekend but we did get about 2 in town. The good news is that in the higher elevations, where the trails are, about 6-8 .inches fell. Then this past week we have been snowing off and all, giving us here, about an inch or so a day.
As you can see from these photo taken (I think around Long Pond) by Riverview yesterday, the trails are in great shape. All the trails have been groomed. They found some rough areas but all in all, not bad considering. North of town seemed to be the best ride at this time.
The weather forecast is calling for rain throughout the state on Saturday, but will that happen here in Jackman? One never knows. It seems like the weatherman change the forecast every day. Keep doing the snow dance.
Even if there is not a lot of snow to ride, the one thing fun to do in Jackman is Ice fishing. The ice on Big Wood is about a foot thick. The ice shacks have been out there since mid December. I even saw trucks out last weekend.
This little family enjoyed their day out on the ice and caught a few keepers too. I wonder if it was their first time “getting the big one”
Remember, Free fishing days this year are on February 15-16. Give it a try.
Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to
a great new year in 2020.
Hopefully as you sang all the Christmas songs you included and sang loudly the chorus of “Let it snow, let it snow let it snow”
Now for the snowmobile trails: They are still closed. We have a decent base of ice in most areas but there simply is no snow to groom or to ride on. The trail-master has said we need about 6-8 inches before he will open the trails.
SO now is the time to do that snoopy snow dance.
This was what we woke to today and are very thankful for the early snow. As well as for all of you who have stayed with us in the past.
Have a wonderful day
All the trees are brown and the sky is a bit gray but when I saw the sun touching the hills in the west and north this morning, I had to share.
Most of the leaves have fallen, ATV trails will close in a couple weeks, and unless you like to hunt, there is not much to do in Jackman at this time of year.
You do not have to be an outdoor enthusiast of any kind to enjoy the Jackman Region or your stay at Cozy Cove Cabins now or any time of the year.
When I ask what someone plans to do when staying with us, many of them simply say: “get out of dodge” or “get away from our hectic pace” or ” reconnect with each other”. Or some just say “absolutely nothing”
These are common statements all year long but even now, when the leaves are almost all off the trees, there is a certain beauty to be seen at Cozy Cove Cabins, with just an echo of fall that is left.
Of course there are view of the water and blue skies
Campfires and sunsets
Or maybe just turn off the TV, shut down your cell and play a game of cribbage or monopoly, or sit and talk with your S.O. or the kids.
We hope you take the time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, any time of the year.
It seemed like it was a slow start then all at once, the fall colors started to show. We are at peak right now. Soon the reds will go away then more of the orange and then the yellow. |
This was taken last week at “The Falls”
And this one at Attean Lookout.
And here is one from the lookout looking over Attean Pond during the day.
And then at sunset.
Thank you Karla and Kim for sharing these beautiful photos.