The weather has taken a turn for the better with temps in the 80's most afternoons and beautiful cool evenings to spend around the campfire. Most nights, if you are willing to stay up late enough, you can see stars from horizon to horizon and we have been graced with some northern lights in recent days. We have a spectacular meteor shower coming which will give everyone a show to remember.
August 11, 12 - Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks this year on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12. The moon sets shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. The dock lights will be off and obviously we can't forecast what the weather will be like that far out but lets hope for clear skies!
As far as the fishing goes, it has definitely picked up over the last week. What most fisher people call the summer doldrums has actually been quite the opposite recently. I was fortunate enough to get out and give it a try and found fish all over the place in varying depths. One evening we caught a nice bunch of sauger and walleye with jig and minnow in 10 feet of water and the next morning caught some beautiful eyes on the mid lake reefs in 19-24 feet. Even though it is hard to pattern the bite, the fish are definitely there to be had. Moving around is still key to find actively feeding fish. We did have some fish come in from some die hard trollers using down riggers focusing on suspended fish. A couple notable observations was the wide range of size which is great for future years and that the fish are FAT. They are not going hungry by any means!
Smallies and the smaller northern are still there along weed beds and rocky shorelines and if you are lucky enough to know where the springs are you can hit the jackpot catching larger fish. Northern pike love that cooler water this time of year. The die hard casters are pretty tight lipped about their secret spots so as far as location goes you will have to do some exploring!
With that being said, the park is at its best right now. Some monster buck deer have been seen around the Three Sisters island group. I saw what I believe was at least a 10 pointer in full velvet walking the shoreline a couple days ago. With the bright green foliage as a background it was quite a sight. As always, there is an abundance of wildlife out there to observe!
The blueberries have seen their season come and go with a few random patches still available for those willing to brave the pesky horse flies. The somewhat overlooked raspberries seem to have a good year as well as we found more than the normal crop.
As always, get out and enjoy what mother nature has to offer and have a great week!