Open water fishing 2018

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.

Has spring arrived?

You would not think it is spring in Jackman yet as we had another dusting of snow last night.  Our temperatures though are above freezing, even at night, so it seems to melt off everyday.   Big Wood is still solid white with no sign that it is going away anytime soon.

I was reminded by a friend that 3 years ago, I posted on Facebook on April 12th, that I heard the first loon of the year. Not the case this year at all. I wonder if they may just hang out in the rivers nearby?

And yet, there are other signs of spring.  The wildlife are coming out of the woods.  We are seeing and hearing birds in the trees, geese are flying overhead, I saw a mynx running across route 201 last week and 2 fox coming back from Rockwood. A few days ago, there was a deer in our yard!    We have never seen a deer here this close to town.   Could it be because there is still so much snow in the woods and here nearer to town, where it is more open, they are in search of food?

Unfortunately, I also saw, (almost certain) a coyote walking along  our shore 2 weeks ago.

So, the wildlife know spring has arrived, now we just need Mother Nature to get it.

 

Blue Moon March 2018

March 28, 2018

As I typed the title to this post, it almost had me singing “Blue moon, you saw me standin’ alone Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own”    There have been many who have sang this song but I am not sure which one is in my head.

OK, enough of that.  My point to this post is that this Saturday, thee will be a Blue Moon.  No, it will not be blue although in doing research once, there is a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere.

This blue moon will be the 2nd full moon in the month of March.   Be sure to look up this weekend and enjoy.  I hope I can catch it on film as it sets.   Our western skies offers us the most incredible moon sets and sunsets.

March 31, 2018.

Well I did capture the blue moon this morning as it set over Big Woods frozen waters.

 

 

Spring 2018, HAHA

The first day of spring was last week but we are far from that I fear. You all may already have daffodils popping up and maybe even cut the grass but here, in Jackman, we are still covered in white.

This past weekend we had riders and ice fisherman that all had a wonderful time.  The days warmed up so late in the day, the trails became a bit soft but the night went back down to the teens.

Our ice fisherman all came back with a nice sun kissed glow to their faces.  It was beautiful all weekend with blue skies.

SO far this week, we are hitting the high forties but I just do not see the white going away yet, well at least not our piles.   Think SPRING!

Comment reminder

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It really is simple: Click on register at the top right of Blog Page. Follow directions using the code ccc2017 when asked. Use a simple PW so you do not forget it later.You will then get an email to confirm you are who you are, then I approve that you are not a bot or a “nonAmerican” and you are good to go.

After this process, you will need to login to comment but you will not have to wait for me to approve you. Unless of course you forgot your password from before, then you may have to re-register.

We hope you visit out blog and add comments as appropriate.  Keep it clean and all comments will be posted.  Thanks for visiting

ATV Fun

AS it is the end of March, you can see, I am about ready for winter to end.

We do not usually get to read all of the Journal entries during our busy months as we prefer to hear your stories.  Last August, we heard this story from our guest, his name will be protected, but he also wrote a great story in the journal which I have to share.  He must be a writer as it is very entertaining. It is a bit long but so worth the time. I am sorry I did not read it in August but very glad I did now.  PLUS, he offers a lesson and something for all of you to keep in mind as the 2018 ATV season begins.    Enjoy!

August 16-20, 2017

If you are driving by the clubhouse on ATV tires and you see a mud-running trench, just drive on by. Don’t be impulsive! But, if you are…and you find yourself fatefully shutting off the key with your muffler submerged, grab a five dollar bill from your wallet for your hitch back into town. Ensure you face traffic, smile and hold that five over your head so your ride can clearly see it, all the while knowing that you and your mud soaked wife are going to stink up your good Samaritan’s car for the next four miles.

Once you get back to the puzzle palace (Jester) don’t bother cleaning up and changing. Just hop in the Duramax and head up to the clubhouse, drop the trailer, and lock her in 4X4 Low. Stretch out your 20’ tow straps and hop into the waist deep stench muck and then go armpit deep to dig the mud away from your receiver hitch tow shackle.,  Try to keep you face above water.

Here is the fun part: tell your wife she has to hop in the wheeler, submerging herself up to her fun-bags and steer while you pull her out.  *WARNING* Wives really complain at this point (loudly I might add), especially once the water starts draining up on dry land and the frogs start hopping about.

At this point, you will want to unhook your spare tire and yank off the rear left that you tore the valve stem off in your panic R>F>R>F, etc shifting.

Now you will want to unhook the tow straps from both machines and reconfigure to the trailer ball for the D-Max and the winch hook of your formerly submerged buggy. You will be tempted by the mayhem-loving devil on your shoulder to turn the key. “It will probably start” he says, but unless your motor needs replacing, DON’T LISTEN TO HIM! Keep your hands far away from that connecting rod-bending key!

Tow over to trailer and unhook, drop rear ramp and front ramp, then reposition truck facing the front of the trailer and send town straps thru. Trailer wheel chocks are a must. Hook on and have wifey steer again * more grumbling*.  Put the big diesel in reverse and watch your 18’ enclosed trailer spring into the full upright position as you tow your two favorite things (for those of you who are slow on the uptake, that‘d be the wife and buggy) on board.  Do not fear. Your right foot, at this point, is directly related to how fast your trailer tongue comes back down to Terra fir-ma.

You know what to do next, but here’s what you don’t know: take your wheeler straight to Jackman Power Sports and talk to the long white bearded guy with the ashtray next to him (this tale has the end-my wife is griping again)

When he says “Clubhouse?” Hang your head in shame, then nod in the affirmative. When he says “I need to put signs up there.” Nod again In the north south direction and you may want to add a “please” because it sounds like there are countless others who have succumb to impassivity in that neighborhood. When he says “I don’t know if I can get to it, I only have one guy on tomorrow” Tell him your wife is really upset and that it’s her birthday tomorrow (truth) and she only wants to ride.

Trail report for Jackman March 2018

I cannot say this this is a trail update as I think I only posted one trail report to the blog this season.   It has been a crazy winter.  More cold then snow.

Last weekend seems like it was the best storm we had for the trails.  Needless to say, this weekend will probably be the last and best of the whole season.

We have a solid base, the snow we did get last week gave the groomers something to work with.  And the temperatures….really cold at night.   The trails are flat and firm and fast.

Don’t forget ice fishing.   We have at least 3 feet of ice out on Big Wood.   Wonder if they will extend the ice fishing season in our region this year?

Coyote

When I was standing out on the deck yesterday, I think I may have seen a coyote walking along the shore. Darn cabins were in my way and he wind was blowing so my eyes were watery but it was big grey with a bushy gray tail.