1.13.2014

Well That Won't Work - Des Plaines River report 01/12/2014

This past weekend brought with it some unseasonably mild temperatures which made me a bit stir crazy. I knew that all of the rivers and creeks would be flooded as Friday delivered a lot of rain but I just had to try anyways. 

As I approached the river, I realized that fishing was going to be an exercise in futility.

I stood next to the river for a good half hour...watching and listening. Giant chunks of ice, big as a sheet of plywood and at least eight inches thick, crashing into each other, cracking and tumbling along the way. The sound was an eerie combination of deep thuds, sharp cracks, and an ominous groan. 

You win this time river. Your bounty shall remain in your possession for the time being but do know that I will be back. Yes. I will be back

As I drove home, I finally admitted defeat. I think it's time to actually give this ice fishing thing a shot.

8 comments:

  1. Nick
    Spring will be soon and we'll all be rewarded. Winter and summer are my least favorite seasons. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Yeah but with all the snow we have this year, our spring here is sure to be filled with very high and muddy waters.

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  2. Definitely give ice fishing a try - it's a lot of fun!

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    1. I've tried it before on Lake Michigan but with a group of people. I haven't done the solo thing yet though which is usually my favorite. I am actually off to pick up a few rigs and other gear today! So here's to "giving it a shot"!

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  3. Be safe, Nick! Ice fishing can be a lot of fun if you take your activity seriously and prepare for what being out on the ice is all about. Good luck with those ice fishing rigs.

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  4. Same thing happened to me this past weekend... headed to the river like a fishing prom king only to realize the river didn't even want to date me, let alone dance. We didn't have quite so much ice, but high muddy... fast flowing chocolate milk.

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  5. great photo, glad you didnt hop in

    ice coming down the river is down right dangerous

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    1. I stuck to the flooded sections of the forest where ice was not. Lot's of trees bigger and older than me playing the role of a traffic director and keeping those icebergs in the main river.

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