Spring, Spawning and Sap

Spring is coming and the first official day is March 20th. There will be 12 hours of sunlight on that day and the days will continue to get longer and longer until the summer solstice.

With the warming temperatures and longer days the sap begins to flow in the maple trees.  Daytime temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s with below freezing temperatures at night make for some perfect sap weather. We always hope for great conditions because there is nothing better than pure maple syrup and we have some folks who really know how to make it in Cook County.

What else do warmer temperatures bring?  When the water starts warming up the fish begin to spawn.  First the northern pike when the water temperature reaches about 40 degrees, then the walleye and after that smallmouth bass.

 

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