The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources sent the information on the tagged trout that we caught on our recent trip. The fish was tagged on October 12, 2005 on a spawning shoal off of Highrock Island in Whitefish Bay. At the time of capture it was 29.3″ in length and weighed 7.9 lbs. It was identified as a spawning male and aged at 10 years old.
It’s that time of the year when we usually get a turtle or two that come up from the Bay and lay eggs in the garden. Success is not very good. A couple of weeks ago a painted turtle laid her eggs on the edge of the garden and a few days later we saw where a skunk had dug up and eaten the eggs. This past Saturday morning there was a large snapping turtle heading back to the Bay after laying her eggs. The period of time it takes for the eggs to hatch varies widely. Neighbor Jeff said that the average is 55 days; could be as short as 50 days and as long as 120 days. I’ve staked off the nest and we’ll watch to see if they make it.
The fishing reports that I’ve been hearing are spotty; some good and others not so good. Diane and I went to the Lake on Thursday and spent the afternoon. We pulled some crank baits along Pine Island and also drifted using shiners. We kept eight fish; three walleyes, five saugers and release some little ones.
We finally got a good, much-needed rain, in the past twenty-four hours; 1.37 inches.
On her way back to the Bay