This has got to be about the earliest that I have put the ice fishing gear away. It's always a sad day but it's usually a little easier to handle when we've gotten lots of ice trips in throughout the year. It was certainly different this time around as I never even hit the ice without a spud. It was big difference from traveling willy nilly by ATV around. The biggest disappointment was never feeling comfortable enough to take my daughter out. However there were a few bright spots mixed in.
There were big questions about the typical winter perch fishery in Muskegon Lake. My experience in late December was that they hadn't even come into Muskegon Lake yet. It was consistent with other reports and I really wondered if we would get them ice fishing. Unfortunately it wasn't until late February until we got to find out. I had given up hope of getting out on Muskegon but one last cold snap finally put some ice out there.