Fishing is heating up, especially around Ol' Tom's boathouse.
Earlier this week, I took an hour or so to toss out one panfish pole with a slip bobber, tiny jig and chunk of night crawler near a brush pile.
It was one bite after another with an abundance of sunnies, bluegills and crappies. Within the hour I had a dozen nice-sized panfish for the grill. I could have caught ad more, but spent time time rigging my pole after losing my bobber and jig in the brush pile. That was the problem. I had to find the precise hula hoop-sized circle where the fish were congregated. If I missed the spot, I was tangled in the brush.
Nonetheless, 24 large fillets provided a great meal from the grill.
Meanwhile, deer continue to feed in the huge alfalfa/corn field near our condo in the valley. Most of their coats are changing from summer to fall and winter.
It's interesting watching the young bucks feeding together while the large-antlered monarch of the woods fed by himself away from the others.
A group of does and fawns usually feed at the other end of the field just before sunset.
A young spike buck stood in the middle of the road and froze as I rounded a curve and drove toward it before the deer dashed off into the marsh and creek bed.
Minnesota DNR conservation officer Tom Hemker, stationed in Winona, reports the Mississippi River to be in good shape and fishing to be very good.
DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum in Rushford reports a busy weekend on the Root River. Good weather and decent water levels brought out many river users. Fishing was fair, but the tubing and kayaking was great, according to Boyum.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.