End of a spring day

It had been a windy and cloudy day, but as the evening wore on the wind began to die down.  We were fishing as the air became still.  Eagles were flying overhead and the crappies were biting.  The dark clouds were still above but the sun moved below them lighting up the opposite shore.  The leaves were full on some of the trees and yet others had only begun to leaf out, filtering the sunlight as it came through the trees.  The low light and the calmness created a beautiful reflection of the end of a spring (finally!) day.

An unexpected summer’s day

Fall boating_StaatsThe calendar says the end of September, but we were treated to the glory of a summer’s day with temperatures n the 80’s and warm sunshine.  Knowing that these are gifts to take advantage of, we headed out for some fishing.  Not only were the skies beautiful, but the fall colors are starting to be evident.  The golds are showing and the greens are becoming much more faded and muted.  Even the fishing seemed to rise to the occasion of this glorious day – we got our share of sunfish and crappies.  I came home knowing that if this is the last time we are fishing for the year, at least we had a glorious finale on a late day in September.

Fishing success

crappies_staatsThe ice is out, spring has sprung, and fishing season has begun once again in Minnesota.  And this year I’ve joined the ranks of Minnesotans with a fishing license!  To be honest, the last time I was fishing was when I was about 13 years old.  But, like riding a bike, it’s something that comes back to you (along with some good coaching too!).   Paddling against wind gusts up to 30 mph and battling  the whitecaps, we put our canoe into Peltier Lake and proceeded to the calmer shore and threw in our fishing lines.  After awhile without any bites, we moved to where a small river enters the lake.  The water was pretty shallow, the sun was nearly ready to set, and the fish were biting!  Within about ten minutes we had caught 6 crappies!  Now that’s an exciting way to fish, and with that success I’m excited to try it again.  Yes, I know fishing isn’t always that rewarding, but it’s a delightful way to spend a warm evening outside.  (And the crappies were delicious the following night for dinner!)