January is usually a slow month for real estate. This year even more so. Blame it on the weather, the economy, or your least favorite politician. The fact is, not many people want to look at houses in northern Minnesota during January.
So.... What to do with this extra time?
Well, fish of course.
This past weekend felt like a mini heat wave with temps above zero for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was a great time to get out on the ice and try a little ice fishing on Lake Lida.
Driving out on the ice is getting to be a challenge with all the snow we've had. Roads have been plowed, and venturing off the plowed roads is almost impossible without a snowmobile. The heavy snow has also made flooding more of a problem, but any day fishing is worth a little extra effort. I was only stuck once during the day with my ATV, which is pretty good for me.
We were able to find the fish. Getting them to bite was another story. The camera showed plenty of sunfish and northerns lurking in the weeds. There was even an occasional walleye that swam past. All of which must have been full from feeding on the small perch that were absolutely everywhere.
Even with the slow bite, getting outside was well worth it. Cabin fever starts to set in after being forced inside by several days of subzero temps. A little fresh air cures all.
Oh, and just in case the real estate market suddenly picks back up. My cell phone is never far away. I keep it right next to the bait so there is less chance of me dropping it down the hole.
(Yeah, it happens...)