I know a lot of you guys have already winterized your boats but here in Sunny Southern California it's 77 degrees and It's Nov 4 and I got to go out on the water (Silverwood Lake) today and the weather was beautiful. Silverwood is not a large lake but there had to be about 25 -30 boats on the water today trying to get that last day in on the boat before the weather gets ugly (ugly for us is 50-55 degree nights).
Nights here in WI are starting to hit the low 40s upper 30s. Won't be long until our Canada friends start sending snow our way. Highs are still in the mid 40s.
We can still put our boats in the water but it's like the lone ranger. No one else will be out and at any speed you start picking up what's called the chill factor. Temp could be 40's but feels like low 30's.
That changes in spring as soon as the ice goes out. For some reason after 6 months of hibernation cold doesn't seem to bother just as long as we can get the boat in the water.
Sounds right for Wisconsin. Almost time to get out the snowmobiles and waterskis. Yep - you read that correctly. I do it in the summer and also winter. 16 degrees was coldest. Gotta have a place with springs or current to keep some open water in those temperatures. 112 is pretty hot for me. We rarely hit 100 in northern Wisconsin, but plenty of mid to high 90s this summer.
Hey Bill, woke up to snow on the ground this morning and the docks are still in at the landings.
For those who don't live in freezing climes our local county/cities/DNRs remove docks from landings before they freeze into the water and get smashed up during spring thaws.
I know the die hard fisherman still have success and love Musky fishing the same weekend they are bow hunting deer over thanksgiving. I had to use a tow strap to pull a front drive mini-van trying to pull out the fishing boat. Lake was half icing over. Snow on the landing. After I pulled him out I mentioned if he wer careful he could use Outboard motor thrust to get several feet past that frozen ramp if there were no tow vehicles handy. 5-12 pound walleye and the chance for a 40-55â Musky keeps those boats in the water to the last minute. Frind got a 12 pointer and 51â Musky on the same day! Then 4 days later got a 54â. Expensive year for wall hangers.