Well----- Winter’s here I guess!
I went out this morning and thought I’d go up the river from the lake and see if I could find some deer. I got to the place I usually put in and found ice. I knew there would be some, but not near as thick as it turned out to be. I have been seeing a thin sheet and up to about 1/4". This morning it was so thick I could not get through it. So I loaded up and came home. On the way I stopped to talk to a neighbor who was fixing his shop door. He saw my kayak and said “what were you thinking”? It’s 8 degrees!
The last few mornings it was about 28 to 35 degrees so I didn’t bother to look before it got light. So before it was light I am sure is was even colder then 8F and with the 12 MPH wind it froze the lake over much thicker then I had guessed. I was able to walk out on it quite a ways.
The weather forecasters say it’s going to warm up to the mid 50s in the coming week, so I may have a few more chances, but I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that the 2021 kayaking season is going to come to an end for me pretty soon, if it hasn’t already.