Forty Nine states have experienced snow this winter. To say it was a strange winter would be an understatement. While most of the east coast — Atlanta through Boston– got record snow accumulations, Maine has not had a plow-able snow since January 13th. The result is the earliest ice out on our lakes — March 21st. The record had been March 30, 1981. The latest ice out was May 14, 1874. By law the first day of regular fishing is April 1st. But, this year our Governor and legislature allowed fishing “immediately” by way of emergency legislation.
So, on Saturday a friend and I dropped one of my docks in the water with the intent of also putting in a fishing boat in for “immediate” use. Saturday morning was sunny and cold. The air temp was 35 degrees and the water hovered around 38 degrees. Our wet gloves stuck to the metal dock and ice formed on the waders when water lapped up against us. It was brutally cold. The lake water was so high; it crested the dock so we abandoned ship, so to speak. The boat would have been on the dock instead of securely next to it. Next weekend, it is suppose to be 70 -80 degrees. We will be back with a boat in tow. But, at least we set a record for an early dock drop. Anyone who puts docks in can appreciate the accomplishment. Now where did I put the number for Guinness??