Its the sabbath, my favourite day of the week and I get to stop and say a few words about the upcoming season. Sometimes I think that above the 60th we really only have two seasons, "summer" and "winter", along with two tiny breaks between we like to call "fall" and "spring" as those last two seem to be awfully short and hard to recognize!
It is also May the 9th today and Teslin Lake is beginning to show signs of warming up to the idea of summer. Open water under the bridge, ducks swimming; always the first bit around here to open. Then the ice gets a sort of faraway look in its eye and the water in the lake rises, the melted area enlarges and pieces start drifting off and floating to this shore and that. Eventually the wind blows and piles the ice in sometimes huge piles here and there on the shore and it is. on. baby!
Normally the first thing I start guiding for is the lake trout. The interesting thing is that immediately after breakup they can be caught at a depth of 55 feet. Gradually through the month of June the hotspot rises to 30 feet of depth and around the end of June they can easily be caught on the surface. Later still they drop to depths of 70 feet and greater as the surface temperature rises. Crazy things hate warm water! And every year, the pattern continues.
(As a fishing guide I am crazy to give this information out freely because now you don't need my services. You can simply rent my boat or bring your own and catch 'em all by your ownself! As my wisened granddad used to frequently remind me at the dinner table, "twas not given for you alone.")
The downrigger of course, is a great invention which is useful to maintain the correct depth while trolling. Less expensive/ less effective methods such as divers and lead weights can also achieve similar results. In any case, the main thing is we are entering a period of time which has been known to produce a great deal of satisfaction along with some great dining and some freetime for the non-enlightened family members back on shore. Up here north of 60 we like to call it "Fishin' Season". Hope yours is the best ever!