Out and About with Bob

We're making ice and snow now. We're also getting a little snow cover.
Ice anglers are prepping in earnest as ice depths continue to increase in backwater areas of local rivers. It won't be long now, maybe by late this weekend, when brave souls begin tip-toeing onto ice to get their first tastes of ice fishing for the winter. For gosh sakes, be smart and safe. Wear a life jacket. You may wish to check out our latest web video titled, "First ice."
Meanwhile, ski enthusiasts are awaiting for Mount La Crosse to open. The good news is that a continued cold wave allows for 24-hour snow-making at the historic site south of the City of La Crosse.
Coulee Region residents awakened to a dusting of snow this morning with another inch or two expected Friday night into Saturday morning.
As for me, I drive over to 'Ol Tom's boathouse each day to check things out. A thin layer of ice surrounded the boathouse on Wednesday. My minnow bucket, containing a couple of dozen live minnows, was in the boathouse. However, when I propped open the spring-held, minnow bucket door, I discovered at least one inch of ice covering the minnows which had all died. They were alive and well the day before and for that fact, for two weeks before. I never lost one. But now I lost them all. In fact, I brought the bucket home to thaw out the remaining ice coating more dead minnows.
Brrrrrr! It's certainly going to be cold for Wisconsin's four-day, holiday deer hunt Dec. 7-10.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.