More Signs of Life

Driving back from town today, I saw a sure sign that Spring is here. The neighbors had about 20 turkeys in their back yard with three big strutters being silly and showing off for the ladies.

Hmmmm... wonder what the picture looks like for some other bucks I've been thinking about lately?

Information sources for steelheaders come in many forms, and MODIS imagery is just one. While there's still pack ice out there floating around, there are definate areas of brownup occurring in the St. Louis River estuary. We should soon be seeing the telltale plumes of brown blooming out into the lake which signal the steelhead that it is time to come home. You can check the imagery yourself HERE.

In the meantime, all we can do is watch and wait. There is one disappointing thing about 2013 that is going to drive me nuts. While I have lots of data sources available for the Mid and Upper Shore, the Lower Shore is going to be a bit of an enigma. If you're not aware, the floods in 2012 knocked out the Sucker gauge along with the Knife trap, and the budget woes of 2013 have knocked out the Knife gauge. This means we're all going to be a little bit blind as to current conditions, but we at Minnesota Steelheader will do our best to fill in the gaps.

Guess I'm just going to have to go fishing more often; oh darn, what a dilemma...
Regards-
NMF

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