snow on the ground May 6th

We just returned from Sturgeon River Valley in North Michigan.  North of Gaylord, there was still snow on some of the west facing slopes,   and on the shaded curves in the Sturgeon river, there were ledges of ice that was still at least six inches thick.  May 6th, 2015.  Sorry no pics, but I don’t normally carry a camera in the Jeep.  I guess maybe I’ll start.


From. What I’ve seen and heard, the Walleye are back.   I’ve seen a number of nice ones taken from the river,  and heard that people are catching limits out in the shallows on the Bay..  Maybe the fishing damage from the dredgings is starting to wear off.  It’s about time!

Plus the water levels are higher than I’ve seen them in years.  Rising water levels in Lake Huron are WAY over due!   I guess all it took, is for me to sell my boat. :-(


Open Saginaw Bay

Saginaw Bay is completely open (at least a far as I can see from a mile straight east from the mouth of the AuGres River.  We took the SportCraft out on a presale sea trial last weekend and saw it first hand.

And on that note, thanks to Craigslist, the SportCraft is sold.  It will be finding a new home in Ohio and Lake Erie. It’s another life change for me.  I doubt I’ll every own a boat like that again.  I’ll miss the boating\fishing adventures, but it’s time, there are other things I want to do, and a boat is to big of a time\money drain on the time and money I have left.

Ice out is debatable

Yes debatable,    We have , the river on the evening of the 28th,  some holes,  but still pretty much iced in.  Then the Morning of the 30th.  In the second picture you’ll notice a bunch of ice flows,  one containing someone’s dock ladder.

HPIM0636HPIM0641These Ice flows are BIG,  THICK, and HEAVY.   They consist of the ice that was left against the Seawalls when the river melted out in the center.   They are now breaking loose and flowing out.  They quite oftem spin sideways and due to their length block the river and cause Ice Jams.

We`ve had nothing like a few years ago when the ice damned up the river after heavy meltoff and rain, then nearly flooded downdown and everyone down river of town.  This ladder is the only dock piece I’ve seen going down river this year.  On a bad year we see large complete docks rolling down the river,  being smashed by complete tree’s rolling with them.


At any rate,  I lost my bet,  the ice broke up in front of the house, and most of it will be gone by April 1st,  but the river will not yet be safe for navigation at that time,  and the Bay won’t either.


March 28th ice

It was 15 degrees last night, and it hasn’t been above freezing for at least 36 hours, it’s supposed it hit 15 degrees again tonight.  The river ice up town has moved back upriver to the bridge and there’s a beginning of a small ice jam there.  That’s close to a mile of ice between here and open river.  (The Bay is still frozen for miles around the river mouth)

I’m sticking with “after April first for ice out” !

Note:  we weren’t here for ice out last year, (in was in April), but in 2013, it went out on March 25th.

Note 2:  5pm  March 28th, I guess I’ve been wrong before.   It’s 34 degrees, and there are open holes in the river.  We’re not calling open water until it’s open all the way across, but that just might happen tonight.