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Spring is coming here pretty soon, and the forecast is reflecting that-highs in the upper 40s all the way up to 60. All the lakes and ponds around my house are now frozen solid enough for ice fishing and it got down to -4 today at my house, but within the week they will almost surely be free of ice. Then rain is predicted for next Wednesday, when the air temp is supposed to be in the 50s. That's important, because a warm rain will flush out some of the cold winter water of the lakes, ponds, and streams, and bring in some new, warmer water. And late February around here is usually the time that you can expect to catch the first bass and bluegill of the year, especially if we have a warm-up like they are predicting. It'll be slow fishing at first, but still fun.

It's been a tough winter, but the thought that I could be catching bass and bluegill within 10-15 days seems almost too good to be true. And the thought that within about a month and and half, it will be late March, which brings some of the best bass and bluegill fishing of the year. So here's to spring coming here pretty soon, and here's to hoping that the fishing gets going a little earlier than usual this year.

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So ready. I've cleaned, lubed, sewn, patched, tied, organized, fixed and generally puttered as much as I am allowed to following back surgery. Gonna have to have a hand on boat trailer wheel bearings since that'll involve more than I'm supposed to lift for a few weeks, but I am so ready for some crappie and bluegill. Bass too. Looking forward to it. Glad somebody is looking ahead!

Silence is golden.

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I am ready for spring as well. My heating bill could use a break too.

Then soon you'll be hoping for fall as your cooling bill could use a break.

There's a fine line between fishing and sitting there looking stupid.

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tying warmwater bugs as we speak...spring can't get here soon enough for me.

Me too. Since I haven't gotten down to the Current or anywhere much else lately, my trout box is unfortunately still pretty full, but my warm-water box needs lots of reinforcements before the real fishing gets started. I got the Woollies and the Leaches pretty much licked, but that's about it so far.

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Preach it brother! This winter has been a tough one for sure. I've had my fill of driving home from work at midnight in a blinding snowstorm. I'm ready to feel the sun on my skin and a warm breeze in my hair. Hell, I'll settle for just chilly, anything to shake this below freezing business.

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I have had some great, not much of a crowd, days on the creek this winter. But give me some sunshine and no snow. I'm beyond ready. Going along with OTF, I hope you all have some great, and much deserved, spring time fishing. I think the end of old man winter is in sight.

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