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March 4, 2015 - 8:57 a.m.

Was mild yesterday so Dan winterized a couple of cottages while I cleaned one that's to be occupied this weekend.  Currently sitting at -5 very mild and sunny.  We did get a little snow yesterday, about 10 cm, which we didn't need.  This is our last weekend running and Dan will likely be taking some huts off between now and next Monday.  Usually this time of year we have to shut down because Moose Creek starts to run but think we could have made it right through this year.  That said, never know what the weather is going to do and it only takes a couple of mild days for the creek to start running.  Our huts need to be off the ice before that happens.  I'm heading into town for an appointment this morning.  Dan will likely be doing some plowing as there is enough snow to warrant it.  Does feel like spring is the in air but after the winter we've had, not counting my chickens just yet.

March 3, 2015 - 6:55 a.m.

Dan and I took the day off yesterday.  I checked guests out and then did the cottage laundry but vegged for the most part.  Was just a beautiful day with a high of -3 (finally) and would have been perfect for dropping a line but we were both just too tired.  Cleaning cottages today.  Currently overcast and a balmy -7.  A few more nights around -20 forecasted for the week but after the full moon peaks, looks to be much more seasonal weather for the next few weeks.  March came in like a lamb so does that mean it's going out like a lion?

February 28, 2015 - 6:12 a.m.

Praise be the Lord, looks like we're finally through the extreme cold.  Has been close to or colder than -30 the past 4 nights running and yesterday morning was just insanely cold.  Warm southerly winds came through yesterday so only went down to -17 overnight and suppose to hit -7 today.  Don't have really anything below -20 in the long term.  Yea!!  Our guests got into some major pike yesterday and caught quite a few nice ones.  Don't know if it was a pike or not but we are assuming it was; slammed one of our guest's rods and took the whole kit and kaboodle down the hole.  He didn't even have time to react, it was that quick.  Hoping someone catches it today.  If not the fish, at least the rod.  I'm doing some office work today (especially since I have internet this morning for a change) and then spending the afternoon repairing tip-ups.

February 25, 2015 - 5:41 a.m.

Yesterday was a little scary for Dan.  He went out to do his minnow run in the early afternoon.  The wind gusts and drifting out on the lake were so bad, he hit a newly developed drift the exact same time as a high gust materialized and it literally blew he and sled completely over.  Thank God he and machine both landed on their sides in a bank or things could have turned out differently.  Dan was able to right the machine and as far as he could tell, neither were injured but how scary is that?  He lost the bait and was a little shaken but things had calmed down enough by early evening that Dan was able to get everyone off the ice safely.  The wind has died down considerably overnight although still a few gusts.  Temperatures much nicer than they have been and currently sitting at -18.  Looks like we're in for a few more nights of the -25 cold but more seasonal temps on their way within the next week or so.

February 24, 2015 - 7:05 a.m.

Dan's already on the ice with our guests.  They did pretty good yesterday afternoon but I think the fishing will be even better today.  I did some cottage cleaning yesterday as I am today.  At least the temps are more reasonable.  Had the cold snap yesterday.  Was -30 again and only got to a high of around -19 yesterday but warm front came through with a south wind overnight so sitting at -15 right now but windy.

February 22, 2015 - 10:59 a.m.

Fishing was good for our guests yesterday.  Likely the warm front helped with that.  Temps got to around -4 yesterday and it was a beautiful day although overcast.  Sunny today with a high around -10.  Went over to the Walt to hear Sab played last night but sadly, he's been admitted to the hospital.  Sincerely hope he will recover and be better soon.  Checking the last of our guests out shortly and then doing all the cottage laundry and having a basically lazy day if I can.  Dan isn't running again until noon tomorrow so it's "catch up on some sleep" time.

February 21, 2015 - 6:49 a.m.

Dan is on his way out to the huts with our guests.  Somewhat mild conditions this morning as we woke up to -15.  Now that's more like it!!  Going to stay mild until tomorrow night when we get another blast of this unrelenting cold.  I cleaned my house yesterday and then organized my music library.  Today I've a bit to do and then hoping to squeeze a nap in as I woke up at 4:30 this morning.  They were catching fish yesterday but could do better.  Warm enough today for fishing outside so Dan will be drilling holes.  We are getting a bit of snow today but aren't suppose to get more then a couple of inches.

February 20, 2015 - 1:25 p.m.

Well I'm sorry i didn't update yesterday but got busy and completely forgot.  If the net is knocked out in the morning, the blog gets lost in the shuffle once I get going.  Been very cold here with wind chills in the -40 range.  I've been cleaning, Dan's been running and organizing huts.  All our guests have checked in for the weekend and are currently on the ice.  Fishing is tough right now, which I don't doubt.  They just don't want to bite when it's this cold.  Have a few more days in the forecast for colder weather before we start to get bearable temperatures.  This is just plain mean.  Bundle up, undress, bundle up, undress.  Easier when you just have to throw on a coat rather than hats, scarves and gloves.  Do I sound like I'm whining?  I am.  Enough already!!  Bring on spring...or at least some spring-like weather for a change.  Oh, incidently, Dan has had to add his extension to his auger.   Lots of ice and lots of snow.  I wouldn't be surprised if the ice doesn't come off until the end of May beginning of June this year.

February 18, 2015 - 8:04 a.m.

Yesterday, we finally received some less than frigid temperatures and it was beautiful.  i think it hit -8 and only down to -18 overnight but it's going to be short-lived.  Another blast of artic chill is on the way.  Fishing was on fire yesterday and the two groups did very well for first timers. Not sure yet about today and I'm heading into town right shortly.  Light flurries right now, hoping it stays that way.  Last thing we need right now is more snow.  I guess pipes were freezing all over town during the last cold snap which is understandable considering how long the temps stayed below -25.  This is just crazy.  I want spring.  Dan's going to move a hut today if he can.  He's concerned already about getting our huts off the lake at the end of the season as the snow banks are ridiculously big.  Never mind getting the tree line out.  At least some of it is still showing.  LOL.

February 17, 2015 - 9:15 a.m.

Well I'm happy to report the frozen pipe in our house yesterday was thawed out and everything is good with the world again.  Poor Dan had such a hellish day yesterday.  As did I because I had to listen to him.  Lol.  He's just gone to pick up some more wood for the shop as we're nearly out and by the looks of things, we'll be needing the heat well into April.  I'm heading over to clean one more cottage and then will likely do some housework.  It did hit nearly -30 here again last night but we're suppose to get a bit warmer temps the next few days.  Currently at -15 which is quite balmy considering!!

February 16, 2015 - 2:03 p.m.

Well this is just horse manure, this nasty weather we're having.  It's been way too cold for way too long and everyone I know is sick of it.  Our outside house vent froze up and as a result, the cold water pipe going to my washing machine is frozen.  Not under the house where it's 60 degrees or by the spigot on the wall for the hose, but in the wall somewhere.  We're doing all we can to get it to open but if it bursts, we're in a right mess.  Dan also had another freeze up under one of the cottages but that's all fixed.  Just crap.  What happened to the highs of -6 and lows of -16 we're suppose to be getting this time of year.  It dropped to -35 the past two nights, which was really -42 with the wind chill.  Don't care what anyone says, you can do all the preventative maintenance and be proactive but mechanical just doesn't win against mother nature when the temperatures are this nasty.  Our internet has also been sporadic but that's the least of our worries at this point.  Fishermen in today but not fishing until tomorrow.  Hopefully the warmer weather is on the way.

February 14, 2015 - 6:44 a.m.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.  Hope your day is filled with love.  Dan and I are working so nothing special going on for us today.  The temperature is at least making our lives a little easier as it progressively warmed up throughout the evening hours.  Woke up to -14 but going to be short-lived.  Winds are due to change late this afternoon from south to north with gusts up to 60 kpm, dropping temps once again for the next few days.  So glad Dan takes the time to put in an awesome tree line because we heard another tourist operator got lost on the ice for a couple of hours during a blow up like this.  Pays to be diligent.

February 13, 2015 - 10:52 a.m.

Well the extreme cold warning has ended for our area but not before it hit -35 overrnight.  Currently sunny and -24.  I've finished my cottage cleaning for the day so heading briefly to Walmart before picking up some more bait.  Had a little excitement last night.  Saw emergency vehicles across the bay around 9:00.  From what I've heard, a neighbour's vehicle started on fire so I'm guessing a bad heater cord connection.  Going to slowly warm up today and overnight but more cold due in tomorrow night.  This has definitely been a colder winter than last year.  Might not have hit some of the colder temps but it has stayed in the -20's much longer.  Should be -6 daytime highs to -16 nightime lows about now.

February 12, 2015 - 8:51 a.m.

We did get at least 10 cm of snow as forecasted.  Winds weren't too bad on shore but suspect they were blowing pretty good out on Nip.  Temperatures dropped from -8 when I went to bed to -22 when I got up this morning but with the wind chill, it's feeling more in the -30's.  Dan's got some snowblowing to do today for sure.  He's already done some shovelling and is heading down to Young's to get some diesel for the tractor.  I'm cleaning a couple of cottages today and then tomorrow is a free day for Dan (whatever) and I until our guests start to arrive later on Friday afternoon.  I'm going to try to sleep in for a change.  That means I'll be up before 7:00 probably.

February 11, 2015 - 8:08 a.m.

Snow hasn't materialized just yet but it's coming.  It's very dark on the north shore as Sudbury is getting hit but our snowfall isn't due in until a little later this afternoon.  Hoping we don't get a ton of it.  Dan is out grading our path as it's very hard and very lumpy.  Makes for a terrible ride in the people mover.  Our guests said the fishing dropped off yesterday but they did okay.  Hoping they do well this morning before checking out this afternoon.  No one is checking in again until Friday due to this being the family day weekend so most are staying through until Monday.  If Dan so wishes, he can have a "free" day tomorrow but I'll be cleaning a couple of cottages.  Today I'm hoping to tackle a few things I've neglected but I'm not busting my butt.  See how the day goes.  I am definitely doing a little house cleaning and the minnow tank needs cleaning as well.  My printer is not working properly so would like to take it apart and see if I can fix it sometime in the next few days.  Always something needing my attention.  Very mild this morning as it only went down to -13 overnight.  One more really cold weekend and then we should be into the more seasonal temps (although they are calling for a colder than usual February).  Anything around the minus mid teens during the night time hours is fine by me :o)

February 10, 2015 - 7:29 a.m.

Dan's on his way out with our guests for another day of fishing.  Bbbbbrrrr is it cold this morning.  Hovering around the -25 mark but feels colder and very brittle.  Fishing dropped off around 3:00 yesterday afternoon for some reason so glad I didn't go out.  Randy, Dave and Brian are up sledding this week so had Dan and I over to their cottage for an awesome chicken dinner last night.  Any time I don't have to cook, it's awesome.  Lol.  I'm suppose to go to town tomorrow for an appointment but with the forecasted snow coming our way overnight and into the morning, I'm going to see if I can change it to today.  If not, I'm cancelling but either way, I'm doing a town run today.  Calling for the coldest temps of the winter for Ontario during the weekend.  I think our temps will just be the norm but it kind of sucks as this is the free fishing family day weekend.  Kids are pretty resilient but it would be nice if the weather would cooperate for them.

February 9, 2015 - 6:54 a.m.

Was a busy day for us yesterday but we were able to put our feet up after our work was done and Dan actually gets to sleep in this morning.  Doesn't have to run until noon so I'm being as quiet as possible this morning :o). Our sledders arrived late afternoon and should have great conditions this week although a little chilly.  Going to be fairly cold all week but after this weekend, family day weekend, looks like a warming trend.  Hopefully the rest of the ice fishing season will be much warmer.  I've a couple of cottages to clean today and then have a break for a few days.  Will report tomorrow how the fishing is but suspect it won't be on fire today due to the northern winds, cold temps and rising pressure but one never knows.  Guess that's why they call it fishing!!  Lol.

February 8, 2015 - 8:17 a.m.

Was beautiful yesterday.  Mild temperatures and some sun, some cloud, some snow.  Cold front came in overnight and dumped another 5 or 6 inches of the white stuff but also brought bitter winds.  Was -15 when we got up but feels much colder due to the north wind.  Fishing is likely to drop off today because of it but was pretty good all weekend.  Have check outs and ins today as well as two cottages to clean.  Dan already did the snowblowing so people can get out without too much trouble.  Roads haven't been plowed yet but that'll likely happen shortly.  Was hoping to get fishing today but doesn't look like I'll be able to.  See how the day goes.

February 7, 2015 - 6:35 a.m.

Temperature warmed up for us yesterday reaching a high of -9.  Only -25 overnight and pretty calm right now.  Have a bit of a motley crew in this weekend and although the fishing has been good, think this group is more about the camradarie.  No one wants to get on the ice before 7:30 this morning.  Lol.  We could have sctually slept in this morning for a change but apparently our internal clocks had us both up at 5:30.  Dan was running all day yesterday while I was on shore repairing tip ups.  Today I'm tackling my house cleaning and making some soup and likely a very nice dinner.  Calling for comfortable temps today and possibly some snow this afternoon.

February 6, 2015 - 6:16 a.m.

Some of our guests arrived yesterday with the rest due today.  I contacted the MNR yesterday just for clarification purposes.  Although not listed in the regulations, you do treat sauger and walleye as one in the same.  In other words, you can only keep a sauger if it's over 18.1 inches.  Dan and I both worked yesterday but I still haven't gotten around to repairing tip-ups so that's today's job.  Have a few things to do this morning and then I'm going to hunker down and "get-r-done".  Watched back to back episodes of The Blacklist last night which didn't disappoint.  God I love that show and so glad they moved it to Thursday nights.  Temps are much more mild today.  Been bitterly cold all week but warm front came through overnight and it is currently -11 here.  Suppose to get some more flurries today though.  Was nice and sunny yesterday and I actually stood with my face towards the sun for a few minutes.  Felt so good and the sun is starting to get warmer as February progresses.  Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.  Lol.

February 5, 2015 - 6:23 a.m.

Figured I'd better update the blog first thing as we may lose the internet again this morning.  Sitting at -24.7 right now but always gets a tad colder as the sun rises.  As predicted, the roads weren't the greatest yesterday morning.  Snowed until close to noon so didn't see any plows out until I was on my way home.  Our guests are doing well with the fishing this year.  Catching Sauger, which are a species of the walleye family but don't see anything about them in the MNR exceptions regulations so putting a call into them today.  I'm going to assume that the same restrictions apply as those for walleye as they are few and far between in Lake Nipissing.  Good to know they are making a comeback though.  Have a couple of cottages to clean today.  Guests checking out this morning and in this afternoon.  Dan is jacking huts today but will assume he'll wait until this afternoon when it warms up to a balmy -16.  He won't be taking our guests out until after their noon arrival so two birds, one stone.  I'm sure he'll find something to do to keep himself occupied this morning.  The man's a machine.

February 4, 2015 - 7:35 a.m.

Dan's on ice with our guests.  Everyone did well yesterday.  Lately we've been catching Sauger through the ice.  Quite a few have been caught actually.  Maybe they're making a comeback in Lake Nipissing.  Currently snowing and temperature around -9.  That's more like it.  I'm surprised though because with the full moon last night it should have gotten extremely cold, as it usually does.  Beautiful moon though and very bright considering the white snow reflection.  I'm heading into town right shortly.  I hope the roads are okay.  They changed contractors up here so the roads haven't been as good.  Lots of accidents and highway closures this year.

February 3, 2015 - 9:45 a.m.

On my way to get bait.  Check-ins just arrived so will be heading on ice shortly.  Dan's already been out there with our other guests and opened the huts for the new arrivals.  I cleaned out the minnow tank this morning and when I get back, am heading to the shop to get it cleaned.  No, still haven't done that yet.  In this business, we can schedule our days all we want but they never seem to turn out the way we wanted.  Determined to get the shop and office cleaned today though.  Since it's currently the only thing on my agenda, should succeed.  The weather is finally tolerable this morning.  Suppose to hit a high of -9 today and I think the fishing is going to be excellent for the next few days.  I can see in the long term forecast the weather will slowly get to more seasonal temps as we go.  Come mid-February, we're laughing.  Hopefully.

February 2, 2015 - 8:54 a.m.

Just checked out the last of our weekend guests and Dan's on the ice with our mid-weekers.  Hope they're catching.  Fishing was pretty good later on yesterday but the pressure is low and falling today so see how they do.  Called for extreme cold last night but it didn't get as cold as they had forecasted.  Good.  It's cold enough.  It did hit -23 but with the wind chill factor, Dan's a little chilly.  No moisture in the air whichs helps except everything is full of static.  My kittens aren't much liking it when I pet them as they shoot off sparks.  LOL.  Cleaned a couple of cottages yesterday and one more today along with the laundry from the two cottages who just checked out.  Then I would really like to tackly my half of the shop area.  It's jammed full of stuff Dan doesn't want on his side and I need to organize it.  Tomorrow is "repair the tip-ups" day.  Didn't watch the super bowl last night as I detest football (sorry fans) and only watched about 2 minutes of the half time as I wasn't impressed.  I am sorry to say I forgot The Blacklist was on afterwards and missed it.  I opted to have an early night for a change.  I'll have to see if I can catch it tonight on another channel.  Fingers crossed.

February 1, 2015 - 6:09 a.m.

What a cold weekend we've been experiencing.  Was -30 yesterday and Dan, who never complains even commented on the severity of the extreme temperatures.  It warmed up quickly though and was bearable by 10:00.  Temps actually rose to -6 by the afternoon and we also had a few flurries.  Cold again overnight with temps dropping to -24.  The moon set this morning was phenomenal.  It was bright red and quite eery looking.  Dan's running all today, all week as a matter of fact so doubt he'll see the whole Superbowl game.  Not that either of us watch football.  I've a couple of cottages to clean today.  Fishing slowed down a tad yesterday but our guests still did well.  

January 30, 2015 - 8:44 a.m.

Dan got the boys out on the ice this morning shortly after 7:00 and currently has the tractor out doing the snow plowing.  We estimated around 15 cm of snow overnight and with the winds howling, it dropped from -2 yesterday afternoon to -20 (feels like -25) this morning.  Looks like a frozen tundra out there today.  At least the sun is shining brightly.  We've received more sunshine in January than all of last summer.  I suspect with the northern winds this morning, fishing isn't going to be as great as it's been but that should change come this afternoon when the winds switch to the west.  I think the best fishing day is going to be tomorrow but what do I know?  I worked on the books yesterday morning and due to numerous interruptions, finally gave it up around 1:30.  I'm in the office now and going to finish up what I started.  Should be done by noon and then have some cleaning in the shop and office I'd like to do.  Been kind of the last thing on my priority list and needs it badly.  Rest of our guests due to arrive around noon and later this evening and then our house will be full.  Super bowl weekend and I don't even know who's playing.  Shock!!  Not a football fan but like the half time show and doubt very much I'll be awake for it this year.  LOL.

January 29, 2015 - 7:23 a.m.

Our guests are leaving this morning truly happy.  The fishing has been phenomenal for them the past 2 1/2 days.  So much perch they actually had to pull their second lines and start letting them all go.  They caught ling and tons of walleye.  Kept a 24 and 27 incher.  The cold weather has left us briefly.  Hit -30 again yesterday but started warming up overnight.  Currently sitting at a balmy -7 where it will stay today bringing 10 to 15 cm of snow with it.  Cold front due in tomorrow dropping temps back down to -30.  Cleaning again today.  Dan's blocking huts.

January 27, 2015 - 8:56 a.m.

I braved the cold this morning to come out to the office in order to update my blog :o)  Man, is it cold this morning AGAIN.  Hit -30 again last night but the sun is shining and it'll warm up quickly.  You can tell when there is a haze over the bay that the cold will get burned off by mid-morning.  Our guests are nailng the fish again this morning.  Boom, boom, boom.  Already caught a nice ling and some jumbo perch.  They missed alot while Dan while standing there so don't know if any were walleye but they generally don't start in our huts until around 9:30.  They said this is the nicest place they've been to and one of the gentleman wanted to give Dan a cigar last night.  And he doesn't give away his cigars.  LOL.  They said they've been searching for a place like ours where they can have great fishing for a change.  Well, they found it.  Good for them!!  Today's agenda involves cleaning another cottage and then I'm heading into town.  Dan is picking up our sled which was giving him grief on the weekend.  Nothing serious but better to maintain ahead of time.  Good thing we have a contigency plan.  He's decided to hold off jacking until tomorrow when it warms up a tad.  Don't say that I blame him. 

January 26, 2015 - 5:38 p.m.

UPDATE:  Have some extremely happy gentlemen on our hands.  Loved the cottage, loved the hut and nailed the fish this afternoon.  Caught well over 50 fish and ended up keeping a nice 5 lb walleye and numerous jumbo perch.  Just love happy customers.

Had an extremely busier-than-normal weekend.  Checkouts and ins today and both of us exhausted.  Dan is  out on the ice right now picking up our guests.  Fishing was pretty good yesterday although it slowed down a tad for the evening run.  It hit -31 overnight so no internet again which is why I'm updating now.  Calling for -25 again tonight so suspect I won't be able to update tomorrow morning either.  It did get to -12 today with sun.  Cleaned a cottage yesterday, one today, started a second but petered out after dealing with all the cottage laundry.  I'm finishing it tomorrow and then doing a town run.  Dan zipped into town today for more blocking so he'll likely be jacking huts tomorrow. 

January 25, 2015 - 6:13 a.m.

Dan is out on the ice already this morning.  Lake Nipissing's condition completely deteriorated yesterday due to the "thaw" and the mild temperatures the past couple of days.  There is so much snow on the lake the slush is making it very difficult to drive anything but a sled.  It's okay if you stay on the paths as they are hard-packed but you don't want to venture too far off them.  That said, we had a cold front come through around 6:00 last night just as Dan started hauling our guests off the ice.  It got cold very quickly and went from above zero to -10 in about an hour.  Pretty sure things have firmed up but what's happening on shore doesn't reflect what's going on out in the middle of the lake.  Was a very busy day for Dan yesterday, running back and forth all day.  I worked on the books.  One of our guests is an executive chef and was kind enough to bring us over a couple of plates filled with a beautiful prime rib dinner last night.  In a blizzard no less.  Lol.  It was wonderful.  On those days when I don't feel like cooking, wish I had someone to cook like that for me!!!  Going to be bitter cold for the next few days with the wind chill factor.  Currently sitting at -21.

January 24, 2015 - 6:25 a.m.

Dan is on his way out with the first run of the day.  Was a bit trying for him yesterday trying to coordinate all different arrival times with as less runs as possible.  Our guests brought some of their own equipment such as atv's this weekend and the lake conditions really are not conducive to anything but a sled right now.  Snow is way too deep.  Fishing was excellent yesterday though.  Lots of perch and pickerel being caught.  The perch have finally come in to the deeper water but were definitely late coming on this winter.  Lake Nipissing water levels are 2-3 feet higher than usual due to some much precipitation last year so suspect that has something to do with it.  Temps rose yesterday and hovered around zero all night.  Cold front due in later today so winds are going to pick up and the pressure will likely start to rise.  Yes, it will likely effect the fishing but hopefully they stay hungry throughout today.

January 23, 2015 - 6:29 a.m.

We are in for another one day thaw.  More like two.  Temps are currently at -4 here this morning.  Lovely.  Going to stay mild today but another cold front due in tomorrow with temps dropping quickly, which means lots of wind.  Had a busy day yesterday.  Cleaned the house, cleaned a cottage and then had some sewing to get done.  Thank God I had pre-made a few meals for the freezer before ice fishing because we had cabbage rolls for supper.  The next couple of days for me will be devoted to the books so glad it'll be warm for me sitting back in the office aka dungeon.  Dan moved huts yesterday and the guys that went out yesterday were happy with their catch.  Especially the small pike they landed.  Dan will be on/off ice all day as the rest of our guests are arriving sporadically.  Hopefully he won't have to be running ALL day.

January 22, 2015 - 6:17 a.m.

Woke up this morning to only -17 so actually able to update the blog.  Hit close to -30 Tuesday night.  It stayed cold and very brisk all day yesterday.  This is about as warm as it's been all week since the cold front came through overnight on Sunday.  Going to warm up nicely for the weekend though.  Nothing to report on the fishing as we've had sledders in this week so no one's been out there.  Both Dan and I needed to go to town yesterday.  I'm cleaning today and Dan's going to be on ice moving huts.  I know they've been saying this winter hasn't been as cold as last year temperature wise but I beg to differ.  May not be as cold but seems we've had more cold days hovering below -20.  Maybe I'm just getting old and not liking the cold so much anymore!!

January 20, 2015 - 1:50 p.m.

 It was so unexpectedly cold this morning our wifi quit working.  Hit -28 overnight but the sun is shining brightly and it's currently sitting around -19.  What a difference from Sunday.  It was above zero and perfect for fishing.  I managed to catch 4 walleye but let them all go.  Dan and I both took the day off and rested yesterday.  Watched a couple of forgetable movies and had several naps.  I cleaned the house and two cottages today so I will be able to do a town run tomorrow.  Suppose to reach -11 tomorrow so Dan is going to move some huts.

January 18, 2015 - 6:08 a.m.

We are currently experiencing our January thaw which looks to be a one day event.  It started to warm up after supper with the winds blowing south and when we got up this morning it was zero degrees.  Considering it was -32 yesterday morning, that's something to sing about.  Unfortunately it will be short-lived.  Winds are switching to the north this afternoon and the temps are due to drop.  Still, it's going to be warmer than it has been next week with daytime temps around -12.  Fishing was just okay yesterday.  Perch and some small pics but i'm willing to be it'll be great today as the pressure has been low for more then 24 hours.  Checkouts and in today so I've some cleaning to do.  Dan will be busy on ice most of the morning.  I'm fishing this afternoon for the first time this year so will be able to report on the fishing tomorrow.  We've been so busy I really haven't had the time (or energy) to get out there.

January 17, 2015 - 8:09 a.m.

Bbbbrrrr, she's a cold one this morning.  Was -29 when Dan started pulling the guys out but it's warming up quickly.  It's already -20.  Lol.  We do actually have some warm temps coming in but the wind chill right now is still a little scary.  Winds changing to the south so suppose to hit around zero by tomorrow.  Fishing was pretty good yesterday.  One group caught a 23" and lost around one around the same size.  Lots of pics in the 15-16" range.  Perch are on and they were catching some really nice jumbos yesterday.  I'm catching up on house duties today while Dan zips into town for some replacement door mechanisms.  It's been so cold 3 knobs are next to impossible to use.

January 16, 2015 - 6:17 a.m.

We finally had some nice mild weather yesterday due to a south wind.  Temps rose to -3 but after I went to bed last night, the winds started to howl.  Was -18 when I got up this morning with wind chill of -30.  Poor Dan can't catch a break.  I did a cottage changeover yesterday as I am today and Dan spent considerable time on ice blocking the huts.  The lake had slush yesterday so Dan ran the sled around them to get the air out of the snow, pack it with slush so it would freeze overnight, which I'm sure it has.  Even jacked a hut while occupied.  Lol.  Going to be another busy weekend but temps are going to be slowly on the rise after this cold snap stabilizes.

January 15, 2015 - 6:55 a.m.

Have a busy day today.  Check-outs and check-ins which means I'm cleaning for a good portion of the day considering the state of my house.  Fishing has picked up slightly and figured it'd be excellent this weekend but they changed the forecast overnight.  Seems we aren't going to benefit from the mild weather the West has been experiencing as an Artic front is due in later today.  Winds are going to switch from the south to northwest.  It managed to reach -5 yesterday and only down to -7 overnight but will get considerably colder today.  This up/down weather has been doing a number on us the past couple of years it seems.  Fishing has been really slow all over the lake due to the -30 weather but I'm thinking it should br good today at least.  There has also been a lack of perch this year but frankly, they were late coming on last year also.  Should be coming on soon though.

January 14, 2015 - 8:35 a.m.

Dan and I are on our way into town.  He's going to the lumber yard for more blocking and I'm doing my usual eight stop town run.  He'll get home way before I will.  The temperatures are rising quite nicely this morning.  Hit -32 at our place overnight but was -21 when we got up this morning.  Suppose to hit -9 today and the sun is going to shine so a very nice day for running around.  Fishing dropped off considerably the past couple of days but I think it's going to be back on today.  The pressure is dropping and was overnight so hopefully they'll catch much more fish today.  A stray dog showed up at our neighbour Marg's yesterday.  Is a long haired black and tan colour, medium size with a choke collar on.  Not sure if it stayed around her place last night but she did say if it was still there come dark, she'd try to al least get it in her garage.  Anyhow knows who this pup belongs to, please contact me at 705-752-3558.

January 13, 2015 - 1:33 p.m.

The internet finally started working again.  It stops when it goes below -25.  We managed to hit -35 overnight and currently sitting at -23.  At least it's sunny.  Been a very busy few days for us.  Dan is running every day this week.  The fishing slowed when the cold front came through but our guests are still catching.  The warm front is due overnight and going to be a mild weekend.  Hopefully get temps around -5.

January 11, 2015 - 10:12 a.m.

Temperatures have been pretty mild,  Didn't get very cold overnight (around -10) and still fairly nice today although we are getting some flurries.  Snow squalls forecasted today and Dan said it's blowing pretty good out on the lake.  Fishing picked up yesterday and we had a group of happy fishermen.  Everything being caught.  We were going to zip over to Arthur's for supper last night and to see Sab play a set but by the time Dan got off the ice, he was tired and grumpy so we didn't make it.  Next time Sab!!  We're running straight all week so not much time for anything.  I've a couple of cottages to clean today, as well as all the cottage laundry and still have a checkout to do.  Was going to drop a line later on and still haven't decided.  Guess I'll see how I feel when my work is done and if I have time.  No sense going out for an hour.  We are going to Arthur's for supper tonight so that's something to look forward to!!

January 10, 2015 - 5:45 a.m.

Just waiting on Dan so thought I would update my blog.  Was pretty mild yesterday considering how cold it's been.  Reached a high of -7 but back down to -21 overnight.  Suppose to get some more snow squalls today and temps around -10.  Fishing was okay yesterday.  Not on fire as previously, but they were catching a bit of everything.

January 9, 2015 - 8:45 a.m.

I am a little late morning as I just finished digging out the cottages and house.  Have a few groups arriving anytime so had to make sure they could get in their cottages ;-)   Fishing was good last night as it was calm, low pressure with temps around -8.  Thus the snow accumulation.  Snowed throughout the night but currently calm and sunny.  Temperature is -13 and calling for another cold front to come through.  I think it has already started as it's colder now then when we got up.  Dan blew out the property when he got off the ice this morning and it needed it.  The path conditions are excellent right now and some of the snowmobile trails are open.  The club indicated they should all be open in about a week.  Weather permitting.  

January 8, 2015 - 9:31 a.m.

Day is starting out to be very annoying.  I'm hoping it will improve as I go on.  Just one of the those days when piddly little things keep aggravating me.  Heading to get the bait then I'm doing some shovelling and then working on some house laundry and cleaning.  Dan's heading out to open a couple of huts for our guests coming in this afternoon.  I'm sure with the drastic weather change yesterday that the fishing wasn't very good but am hoping it is today.  The winds have stopped, we have some flurries happening and it's overcast.  Went down to -30 overnight but currently sitting around -15.  I'm thinking the fishing will likely be good this evening.

January 7, 2015 - 7:33 a.m.

Our guests nailed the fish yesterday.  Lots of walleye but all around the 16 inch mark.  Did get a nice one over the slot that they kept and consumed.  Perch have also moved in so they were able to have a great couple of fries.  The weather turned bitterly cold overnight as forecasted.  I walked around last night before retiring for the evening checking the heat in the cottages and it was absolutely beautiful out.  A nice light snowfall and the temps were only -10 but with the north wind that came in around 10:00 last night, it's registering -25 on our gauge this morning and with the wind chill, feels like -40.  She's a cold one today.  Good thing Dan doesn't have to run today.  He doesn't need to go on ice until tomorrow morning.  It's due to start the warm up overnight.  I'm cleaning cottages today so will be inside most of the day as well.  Looking at the long term forecast, we are going to stay fairly cold for quite some time.  The -10's are fine by me.  Doesn't look like we're going to get into any above zero temps anytime soon (usually have a couple of thaws per season) and hope we don't.  Nothing worse than having to run people out to the huts in the rain.  Just feel very sorry for the animals of nature.  A few deer are still coming up and hope they still around indefinitely but as the season progresses, they usually disappear about the 3rd week in January.  Making sure all the bird feeders are well stocked right now as the chickadees and blue jays winter here.

January 6, 2015 - 7:00 a.m.

I LIED.  Didn't have my facts.  Guys told Dan the fishing was on fire yesterday.  Five of them caught over 30 walleye, lots of perch and two good sized pike.  So there ya go.

Dan's on his way out with the boys.  It's a balmy -25 this morning.  Fishing had slowed down yesterday which it always does during a very cold full moon but hopefully things will pick up for them today.  I have alot to do on shore over the next few days but I also need to go into town today for a few supplies.  That is if my car will start.  Didn't plug it in last night.  At least it was sunny all day yesterday.  We've had more sun the past few weeks than the month of November and most of December combined.  Too bad it's too cold to really enjoy it!!

January 5, 2015 - 7:08 a.m.

A tad brisk today at -23 and then with the wind chill, more like -34.  Dan is on his way out with our guests for a balmy day of ice fishing.  Lol.  I actually gave Dan twice as many minnows as needed so he doesn't need to do another minnow run until after lunch.  Dan took Donna and Mitchell fishing yesterday.  I was going to join them but opted not to.  I shovelled everything that needed shovelling instead.  I figured with the nasty cold front coming through overnight if I didn't shovel, the snow would be hard as rock today.  We likely got another 6-7 inches yesterday so good call.  Going to stay cold all week so doubt the fishing is going to be any good.  Steve caught his hog yesterday morning as well as quite a few fish and fishing was okay for the evening run but already starting to drop off.  See what today brings.

January 4, 2015 - 7:00 a.m.

I'm happy to report that we received some much welcomed snow and the fish are biting.  Lots of walleye caught but most in the 15-16 inch range.  Perch have come on also and a ling was caught and returned.  Sometimes it takes a few days for the fish to come on but once they find the bait fish, in this case shiners, they stick around.  Have Joe and his gang checking in today and Joe always does some R&D for us but suffice it to say, pretty safe bet we're in our usual spot as everyone is catching their limits.  We're fishing this afternoon so see how it goes.  We've likely received a good 6-8 inches of snow but it's the light fluffy stuff so not as good for traction as the heavier stuff so does need some packing on our path.  Shouldn't complain as we need whatever we can get right now.  Temperature is due to drop later today and stay cold all week.  Winds picking up later today obviously but hoping it holds off until after we fish or we won't catch much of anything.

January 2, 2015 - 7:47 a.m.

Dan's out on the ice after pulling his first group of the season.  Bunch more guests are arriving later this morning.  Glad we didn't have to run yesterday as there was quite a bit of snow coming down along with squalls for most of the day.  Dan was having a hard time because the snow wasn't sticking to the it.  He made it out this morning with little difficulty as far as I can tell.  I was on shore cleaning all day as I will be again today.  The minnows from Dale's Bait are the perfect size this year.  Medium size so they aren't too little for the hook and also have a longer life span.  The big ones are old and also tend to die quickly.  See how the boys do today but the pressure is way high and rising, the temps are extremely cold (-28 with wind chill)  and we're nearly at the full moon.  Hopefully the boys will do okay.

January 1, 2015 - 8:16 a.m.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Dan and I would like to wish everyone all the best in 2015.  We're starting off the year with terrific ice fishing conditions.  The gods that be provided the area with some much needed snow!!  We still need quite a bit more to insulate the ground and help with the ice fishing transportation but we'll definitely take what we've received so far.  It is currently snowing and -7 but much colder temps heading our way in a few days.  Dan and I had a very early but relaxing night last night.  We had a fondue, watched Team Canada win the Juniors (never a doubt in my mind) and off to bed early.  Our guests are arriving today and our first run tomorrow so won't know how the fishing is until then (unless Dan fishes today, which will likely be the case).

December 31, 2014 - 9:42 a.m.

Wow, where has the year gone?  Can't say I'm not glad to see it go considering the terrible summer we had.  Tomorrow's a day for hope!!  It's beginning to look a lot like ice fishing.  Dan has the huts out now just needs to pull the washroom and supply huts out.  He's hoping to get them out there shortly as a storm is due in shortly.  Calling for high winds and snow squalls.  Forget the squalls, we need SNOW.  And lots of it.  Suppose to get some on the weekend but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.  Cottages are nearly ready to go.  Eadie's cleaning one today while I get the house organized for the minnow tank, etc.  I'm also making cabbage rolls and turkey soup for the freezer.  So glad Eadie's helping me this year, I'm not so stressed.  Dan and I are having a quiet, alcohol-free (how boring is that?) fondue with movies tonight.  Could join some friends but since it's going to be an extremely busy weekend and we don't know how things will go, we're opting to stay home and relax.  We want to wish everyone and safe and fun New Year's Eve.  Be careful out there folks!!

December 30, 2014 - 10:52 a.m.

Tree line was put in yesterday and Dan said we have lots of black ice.  He's not worried other than we need snow desperately which apparently on the way in the next few days.  Never thought I'd pray for snow but there's always a first time for everything.  I'm heading into town right shortly to get cottage supplies and a few groceries.  I'm definitely turkey'd out.  Water is on in all the cottages and considering how cold it got overnight, glad to see everything is working fine.  The ice was popping and cracking all night.  A few huts are one ice in our line of vision and suspect alot more will be going on today.  Dan's starting to haul ours tomorrow (which I was I'm going to town today so I'm here if he needs me).  Grady has fit into the family quite nicely except he thoroughly enjoys antagonizing Halo.  The two of them go at it EVERY morning, especially like scrapping under my bed.  Certainly won't need an alarm clock this winter as they tend to start around 5:00 in the morning.  Really hoping the novelty wears off and they start playing nicely.  LOL.

December 29, 2014 - 1:30 p.m.

I spent the day yesterday taking down all the decorations inside and out while it was still mild.  Glad I did as the cold front came through overnight and the temps dropped to -17.  With the wind chill factor, it feels like -25 so yes, it is very cold.  Eadie and I cleaned a couple of cottages today so they are ready for our guests.  Dan is currently on the ice installing the tree line so tomorrow morning I will be able to give specific ice condition details for our area.  They are only going to improve as this cold weather is here to stay for awhile.

December 28, 2014 - 8:46 a.m.

Dan's family arrived home without any problems yesterday.  Said it was like spring down there (Chatham area) but it was also very mild here.  Reached a high of +5 yesterday.  We had a great visit with family and friends and with the weather being so mild, was very enjoyable if not messy.  Winds started overnight and dropped the temps to -3 so it has firmed things up considerably.  We are going to run for the opening as much colder temps are on their way over the next few days.  Now all we need is some snow!!!

December 27, 2014 - 9:16 a.m.

It's not looking too great for the opening ice fishing but there is still a little time.  Lake nipissing is slush and/or water covered and we aren't quite sure how thick the ice is.  The thaw was suppose to be a two day event but has turned into 6 days.  Dan said he isn't going on ice until the temps drop to -15 and it's currently +2.  If you are wondering about ice conditions, contact the operator you are booked with as conditions vary.  Dan's family had a great visit and are heading home this morning.  They are calling for rain and possibly some freezing drizzle so hopefully they won't drive into anything too dangerous!!

December 26, 2014 - 10:32 a.m.

What a great day yesterday.  Had lots of food, drink and family time.  Must have been good this year as Santa was very generous.  Some of the gang are heading into town today for sales due to gift cards.  Might as well get the biggest bang for the buck.  I'm shopped out and staying back to clean up a few things and relax a little.  Might take a jaunt around the neighbourhood a little later to visit some friends.  See how the day goes.  Hope everyone had a great day yesterday.

December 25, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.


December 24, 2014 - 11:10 a.m.

What a great time we had yesterday.  I was up early and started the cooking by 8:00 and finished around 3:00.  No kidding.  Had the neighbours, friends and family all over and we ate and drank and had a great time.  I finished puttering in the kitchen around 11:00 last night but had breakfast ready for everyone by 10:00 this morning.  Lots of good eats, for sure.  Everyone has headed into town as Michele wants to pick up some "picks" for ice safety reasons so they're doing that and likely going for a drive.  I'm going to veg for a bit and then get supper organized.  I've already made the lasagna but just want to organzie the rest of it so we can have a nice afternoon together.  Also going on line to get our fishing licenses renewed while I'm thinking of it.  Weather hasn't been cooperating so that's the only downfall.  Matt was able to get out on his sled briefly yesterday but it's raining today and very slushy.  Getting lots of calls today regarding the ice conditions.  Dan went out yesterday and measured all the way to our spot.  Had anywhere from 11 to 16 inches but keep in mind, alot of that are the ice shards.  Figures there's about 6 inches of good solid black ice.  We'll see what happens with this thaw when more measurements are taken a little later in the week.  Temps are hovering around zero but the cold front is suppose to come through in the next day or two so if we get a flash freeze, things should be ready to rock.

December 23, 2014 - 7:47 a.m.

Did all my running yesterday and glad to say that's over.  Dan went out and measured Greening Bay yesterday afternoon and found anywhere from 11 to 16 inches.  That said, we have to keep in mind that alot of the ice thickness is due to the piled up ice shards that materialized this year.  What solid ice was found is black so that's a very good thing.  Calling for freezing rain and rain today and tomorrow so that may or may not help our cause.  Dan's family is travelling up today and we're hoping they stay safe and have a nice drive but looking at the forecast, they will most likely run into some nasty weather along the way.  Hopefully they salted the roads last night and this morning.  Having an open house of sorts this afternoon.  Family, friends and neighbours coming over for a bit of holiday "cheer".  Had better get moving as I've lots of food to prepare.  Wishing everyone who is travelling today a safe journey!!

December 22, 2014 - 7:34 a.m.

Did some holiday cooking and cleaning again yesterday.  Heading into town today for a hair appointment and the last of my grocery shopping.  Just need to pick up the fresh produce and I'm good to go.  The Barnier's are arriving tomorrow afternoon and wishing them a safe and uneventful journey.  Sounds like they may get a bit of rain but hopefully that's about it.  Having a small cocktail party for friends and family tomorrow afternoon and early evening.  Then we're into Christmas.

December 20, 2014 - 7:53 a.m.

Dan and I both had a full day of running around North Bay and fighting the masses yesterday.  Only shopping I have left is the fresh fruit and veggies next week.  Thank God for that because it's a jungle out there.  Lol.  After I got home, I made some navy bean soup and some nuts and bolts and then Dan snd I headed over to our neighbour Debbie's for some Christmas spirit.  Was a fun evening.  Today I am getting the cottages cleaned and ready for the Barnier's visit on Tuesday.  Hoping to also do a little more cooking this afternoon.  See how the day goes and how I feel.  I think Dan will likely veg today, which is his right.  I forgot to mention that we had the rock dropped off on Thursday for our breakwall out front.  Wanted to bring it back to its former manicured glory but we just can't fight the wind and high water levels that is Lake Nipissing so opted to use rock.  Once it settles, I think I'm going to plant a nice perennial garden along the front of it to help with erosion.  On the weather side of things...it hit -19 overnight.  That's the coldest night yet and saw a few sledders on the lake yesterday.  If this holds through the rain coming our way, things should be good to go for ice fishing.  I hate the waiting game but nature has a way of surprising us all.

December 19, 2014 - 9:18 a.m.

Dan and I are heading into town this morning - separate vehicles to keep the peace.  LOL.  Actually, he's going on his errands and I'm going on mine.  I'm getting a ton of groceries so I can get a leg up on the food preparation as well as doing some last minute errands.  Nice day for it although quite brisk this morning.  Went down to -15 overnight and still hasn't quite warmed up yet.  The sun is shining for a change so hopefully get some much needed vitamin D while I'm running around.  My house looks beautiful but when i take the decorations down, it's going to look pretty boring for the first week or so.  We've got a nice snow base right now and hope that it sticks as there is rain in the long term forecast for 3-4 days.  Dan's thinking we may not be able to run the first weekend.  Not that there won't be ice but the conditions aren't going to be conducive.  We still have time so will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature brings.

December 18, 2014 - 8:20 a.m.

Lots of animals tracks around today.  Deer of course, some sort of cat, some sort of dog.  I was thinking wolf as the tracks are huge and have claw marks so if it's Fanny (Margie's dog), time to get her nails clipped.  LOL  I'm making progress on the house clean and boy did it need it!!  Been a while since I've torn everything apart, moved all the furniture, etc.  Tackling the kitchen today which will be a big job as some organization needs to happen at the same time.  How do we accumulate so many sour cream containers?  My spices are all over the place so time to put them in some sort of order so I'm not hunting around all the time.  Sad to say Dan caught my virus.  He's trying to fight it but I think he's down for the count today.  He's lying in bed with a box of kleenex.  I'm leaving him be as I know exactly how he's feeling.  It's a winter wonderland outside this morning and we are suppose to get some sun later on (not holding my breath).  Just beautiful and I'm hoping to get some pictures some time today.  We received another few inches of snow yesterday so all the trees are covered.  Nautre has a way of making things gorgeous so we can actually tolerate the winter.  No word on the ice conditions as yet but reports are anywhere from 4-8 inches depending on what part of Lake Nipissing you happen to be on.  We are in for a mild break during Christmas but after that, things look to get to below the mid-teens and stay that way.  That'll do it.

December 17, 2014 - 9:26 a.m.

Cleaned yesterday until I couldn't clean anymore, which was until around 2:00.  Peetered out as still not feeling 100% so took a break.  After supper i managed to get my Christmas wrapping done.  This morning we have the new cottage furniture being delivered so another busy day.  Going to continue with the clean.  I have so much to do and unfortunately don't think I'll get everything accomplished that I wanted to before the holiday starts but that's okay.  All in good time.  Dan's doing some plowing right now as we did get some snow overnight after the freezing drizzle stopped.  Looks just beautiful out right now and it's still fairly mild.  Not getting as cold as they had thought.  I think we are going to have one of the those milder winters with lots of snow though.

December 16, 2014 - 8:49 a.m.

This bug I have managed to get the best of me.  Sorry I haven't updated but been alternating between the couch and bed for the past couple of days.  Feel like I'm on the mend finally.  I did go to the cookie exchange on Saturday and certainly hope I didn't pass this on to anyone.  Although it was loads of fun, I didn't stay very late and hit the sack as soon as I got home.  Was in bed all day Sunday as this "thing" changed from a feverish dry hacking cough into a full blown head and chest cold.  I swear these bugs are getting worse every year.  At any rate, I had my kitchen torn apart in the midst of cleaning so it's still a mess and I'm continuing on today.  I've so much to do between now and Christmas and this has really put me behind.  If it all doesn't get done, so be it.  Dan's been working away in the shop.  Has all the ice huts ready to rock just waiting on the weather conditions now.  We received quite a bit of snow over the weekend but the mild front came through and alot of it has melted.  It's been above zero for a couple of days and quite lovely out.  The cold is coming back but I'm hoping this mild front has helped the ice conditions (compacted/melted some of the shards).  Not sure at this point how much ice is out there but I'm guessing a good four inches.  Just need a few more cold snaps and we'll be good to go.  There's time yet.

December 13, 2014 - 7:20 a.m.

Well I was down for the count yesterday.  Caught some type of bug that just hit me mid-afternoon the day before.  Thankfully I was able to get all my baking done beforehand.  I don't think it's anything too serious as the fever has broken and I'm feeling a tad better today.  Have a terrible dry hacking cough that has kept me up the past two nights but it seems to be subsiding.  Have my cookie exchange today and am planning to attend but don't know for how long.  Hopefully I'm not contagious.  We received quite a bit of snow over the past couple of days, likely around 8".  Today it's foggy, as it was last night because the warm front came through.  Was -15 but temps have risen to -6 already.  Going above zero over the next couple of days with rain and snow in the forecast.  Lots of sle