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Friday, March 31, 2006

Perrault Lake Snow Free But Solid

Just ran out the door to take a few pictures for the blog for you. Don't get fooled by the lack of snow on the ice, as there is still 3 feet of solid ice left. The temperature is just above the freezing mark, with the wind blowing and the outlook for the weekend is sunny and 40 deg. F.

We plan on going ice fishing on the weekend and we'll take some more pictures and upload them in another blog early next week. Judging by the lake right now, it looks like we'll be going on 4 wheelers instead of the snow machine!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Snow/Ice Report

It is unbelievable how much snow has disappeared over the last few days! We got some rain overnight, and the weatherman is calling for steady rain through today, tonight, and off and on for the next 3 days. No below freezing temperatures in the forecast. That should really cut down the snow! The lake today looks like a lake with the all the water sitting on top of the ice. We are hoping that the water will go under over the next few days, and we'll have a week or two more to do some ice fishing. There should still be 2-3 feet of ice out there. The bay right in front of the falls is opening up quite a bit farther now though - almost to the dock at #26 /the boat launch. More signs of an early ice out if this keeps up!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Pike & Northern are biting on Perrault Lake

Had a fantastic fresh Ontario walleye dinner last night - make you hungry?? The fishing on Perrault is really turning on as the fish start heading towards the spawning beds. Went out on Saturday just for about 3 hours and could hardly keep up with the lines. Caught several perch 10-12", a 25" & 37" Northern, a few walleye, the largest of which was 23 1/2" long. Had a great time out. It was so warm and sunnny, a shirt was ample to be warm in the sun.

Day time temperatures this week are definitely on the rise. Supposed to be up to the mid 40's as a high for a couple of days. Still well below freezing at night. You can keep up to date on the weather through a weather link on the website to the Weather Network. Starting to see a bit of grass on the sunny side of the ditches, but there is still 2-3 feet of snow in the bush and around the yard. The lake has only about 6" because it has compacted so much. Haven't had a heavy snowfall for quite awhile.

Water level seems pretty low right now judging by the amount of water going over the falls. Could practially walk across it near the top. Might be a low water spring unless we get some good rains. The spring runoff won't amount to very much.

Well, till next time, think spring, and think fishing Perrault Lake soon!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Wildlife at the Lodge

We have enjoyed seeing a few of the local critters this winter, and thought that some of you might be interested in seeing a couple of pictures. The first is Pine Marten that paid us a visit on the deck of our house. He spent quite a long time back and forth, looking right into our patio doors at times, and then moved on to the woods. It was one of the best front row seats we've had for watching these beautiful creatures.

The 3rd photo is not the best as my camera was giving up the ghost. This was a mink that came right across the lake on our snowmachine trail, and trust me, he put on a fair distance. Then he didn't seem to want to leave the area where we fishing. I investigated further, and found that he had a couple of dens in the snow near a couple of outcropped rocks near us. I tried to get pictures of the lairs, but again, the camera didn't co-operate very well (or maybe it was the photographer??)

A sure sign that spring is arriving - the Bald Eagles made their return visit to the area a couple of weeks ago, and we're enjoying hearing them out in the yard. There is a nest very close to the lodge, and we can here them throughout the summer. The eagles like making this area home because of the open water at Perrault Falls early in the spring. I'm sure I'll catch some good pictures when I get my camera fixed!!

Looking forward to seeing some of you this spring. Opening of Walleye season is May 20th! Can't wait!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Quick Spring Note

Just thought we would write a quick note to let you all know how spring (which started yesterday) is going at Rainbow Point Lodge. Our temperature is still in the 15 to 20 degree F at night, and not getting much above the freezing mark during the day, but this will soon change and an all-out melt will surely follow.

It's difficult right now to predict whether the ice will out early or late as the weather just doesn't show any sign of abrubtly getting warmer. I'll have a better idea of the ice conditions in the next week or two, but as of now we still have 3 feet of solid ice covered by 8-12 inches of snow. All around the lodge we have 2-3 feet of snow sitting on the ground, and like anybody this time of year, are anxiously waiting to see some green instead of white.

Keep an eye on this blog, and we'll update it as the weather starts moderating, and we'll include some picutres. Hope this finds you all well, and anxious for your next fishing trip to the Lodge.