I woke up this morning to yet another snowstorm. Schools are cancelled as is my ice-fishing trip. Most anglers look forward to every open water fishing season with lots of excitement and anticipation, but it seems the open water fishing season of 2010 has even more excitement associated with it.
That's great: We should be excited about the opportunity to go fishing. Fishing is a wonderful thing to experience by yourself or with someone. With the way things have been the past couple of years, all of us need something to look forward to.
Fishing is different things to different people. Some anglers like to go fishing in the competitive arena, but most of us prefer to chase whatever specie of fish is biting on the day we go. We start fishing whenever, and we quit fishing whenever. No early morning blast-offs or mid-afternoon check-ins, just a nice day on the water on our own schedule.
Nothing beats taking a kid fishing as evidenced by this youngster’s big smile!
Photo by Bob Jensen
If we're after bass but a pike eats our bait, that's a bonus, not an unwanted waste of time reeling in a fish that doesn't count on the tournament scoreboard.
Here in the Midwest, we have all sorts of outstanding fishing opportunities close to where we live. I would guess it's the same in most parts of the country. You can hook the boat up and be on the water pretty quickly.
But it isn't always necessary to hook the boat up to go fishing. There are lots of ponds, lakes, and rivers that can provide very good fishing. One of my most memorable days of fishing was for smallmouth bass on a river near my home many years ago.
Waders, a spinning rod and a couple of jigs were all I needed to catch a nice bunch of bass. You can do the same thing wherever you live.
You don't always need to catch a bunch of fish to enjoy your fishing. Don't get me wrong, when I go fishing I want to catch some fish, and more is better. But there's more to fishing than just reeling in fish.
It's spending time in some pretty nice places, sometimes by yourself, sometimes with a friend or family member. That's important stuff too.
Last year when we were traveling around the Midwest making television shows, we noticed a lot more people fishing. Some were out in boats, but lots were fishing off docks and from the shoreline. And they were having fun.
Probably some of those folks were experiencing difficult times with employment or around the house, but fishing was helping them escape those problems, even if for just a short period of time.
You don't need to have a bunch of equipment to enjoy fishing. You need a place to go and a couple of hours. Most of us can come up with those. This year, when you get the time, go fishing. If you can't get the time, make the time.