The JAWRA blog was quiet this past week, as I was attending a family reunion at Timber Trail Lodge, near Ely, Minnesota. Seemed like everybody up north was talking about the unusually warm weather. The fierce Minnesota winter was a no-show. Lakes that normally are perennially chilly now are comfortably swimmable.
Long-time fishing guide and family friend Gene Hicks said the fishing was as bad as he’d ever seen it. Walleyes and other cold-water game fish are showing signs of stress. He feared the Boundary Waters lakes may become dominated by warmer water species like bass.
One year doesn’t make a statistical trend, but the folks up north have become skeptical of the industry spokespersons and their paid politicians who say there is nothing to worry about. Climate change? You bet!