Wow! The season has flown by. We had a late start with a shitty spring. Yes, shitty. Most businesses in the Brainerd Lakes felt the impact of a cold wet spring. The season really didn't kick off until June. When it came, it came in hot. The Summer was beautiful, warm, sunny, and full of action. July and August were absolutely amazing but all good things come to an end.
We are now at the end of August and coming into Labor Day weekend. For most it means the end of their summer cabin time. The days are shorter and there's a briskness in the morning air. I love Autumn. It's my favorite time of the year. If I could choose one season, it would be FALL. I love everything about September and October. I love the cool nights, the changing of the seasons. The winds are now changing from bringing hot humid southern storms to drawing colder air from Canada and the Northwest. For those of you that still keep the boat in the water, the kayak and paddle board on hand, you are about to experience the best of our area lakes. The boat traffic has all but come to a halt. The lakes are slowly coming back to a sense of calm, where nature has it's run of the place. The migratory birds are grouping up in preparation to head to warmer climates. If you are lucky enough, you'll see huge groups of loons together on the larger lakes. I've seen as many as 20 loons flocked together. This is also the best time to land a lunker. Those trophy fish are now on the feed. Landing one from a paddleboard or kayak is something every fisher person should experience. So, instead of packing it all in this Labor Day, opt to keep those watercraft toys out for awhile. Have you ever kayaked in December with falling snow?! I have, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. There were 4 large trumpeter swans swimming in front of me with large snowflakes landing softly on the water. Moments like this don't happen when your gear is in storage. Make an effort to get out on the lakes this Fall and you will not regret it.