Typically season opener in Algonquin is 4th Saturday of April. Which would put it at April 28th this year. Last year when I entered the park for my annual trip, when I was registering the employee there told me that the park had opened the season one week early. Didn't matter was the ice didn't melt.
Anybody know if that is the same case again this year?
For years the opening of trout season use to be the last Saturday in April, then a few years ago it was changed to the 4th Saturday. So in 2001 it was April 23rd, not the 30th. This year opening day is the 28th, the 4th Saturday, which also happens to be the last Saturday.
Opening Season for canoe tripping is as soon as the ice goes out. Here's to hoping we have another Spring like 2010 when the ice was out April 1st!
I'm hoping for a later than usual ice out as we aren't going to be able to get up for our spring fishing trip until Mother's Day weekend. We usually get in the first or 2nd weekend of the season, but somehow those weekends got booked up on us this year, so now I'm hoping for a later ice out to keep the water temps down.
I think this year's fishing is going to be very different. I suspect with this weather the ice will be out early and the water levels are going to be lower than normal. Niether are conditions that I think will result in good fishing. But I hope I am very wrong.
It's still very winter like here in Huntsville. Got 20+ cm Friday and still getting some overnight temps in the minus double digits, enough to put a skim of ice on parts of the Muskoka River. So far the first half of March does look a little warmer than average but I wouldn't be counting on and early April ice out but here's to hoping.
Maybe we should have a friendly pool going on when ice out will be this year?
I'm waffling between picking a pessimistically early April 1st date or an optimistically late April 30th date for ice out. Realistically, I'm thinking somewhere around April 15th although the trendline would suggest some time around April 23rd or 24th as the most likely.