We had a couple of unseasonably warm days last weekend in Madison, and it got me thinking maybe I can find some open water fish. I delude myself into doing this a few times each winter. While hopes are always high, the logical part of me knows a skunk is likely. Usually, I'm right, but sometimes I'm wrong in the best of ways.
Water temps were looking good.
Walking through a shitload of snow. A good pair of insulated waders are your best friend in this stuff.
I hit the water rigged up and ready to rock. Once the sun came out, bites came fast and furious.
Here's a cool little golden redhorse. My first fish of 2019.
Big healthy silvers like this made up the majority of my catch.
A pike came out nowhere and took 2 good swipes at this big golden redhorse right before I landed him.
aaaannnnd,,, a white sucker.
I feel normal again.