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Jeff Gustafson - Livewell

Will this cold snap ever end?

It sure is a good thing that our summers are as nice as they are across Sunset Country because the cold weather we’ve had over the past month really has me questioning why anyone would want to live here.

Over the past week, I’ve had to spend my days outside after booking a multi-day ice-fishing trip with three anglers from the Hamilton area earlier in the winter.

New fishing regs take effect

Several years ago, the Ministry of Natural Resources developed zones across the province based on geographical location and similarities in characteristics of water, which they use to manage our fisheries.

In Northwestern Ontario, there are three zones across the southern part of the region, stretching from the Manitoba border to the Thunder Bay area (Zones 4, 5, and 6).

Zone 5 covers the western section of the region, including areas around Kenora and Fort Frances, while Zone 4 covers the central part.

Loved saltwater fishing in Hawaii

When August and I got married back in September, we felt like we wanted to wait until winter set in to take our honeymoon.

We wanted to go somewhere warm, and get a little break from the deep freeze we get for four months, rather than travel during the short fall season that we get and enjoy.

We both love winter but you all know how nice it is to get a little break from it.

Cold week in moose country

For several years now, my friends and I have travelled north to Red Lake to moose hunt for the last week of the season, which always wraps up on Dec. 15 across Northwestern Ontario.

We went again last week despite the very cold temperatures that swept across the region.

The good thing was the cold weather seemed to have had a positive influence on the moose because they were grouped up and on the move throughout the week. In fact, on the drive up the night before I would start hunting, I saw seven moose along the highway so I was very excited to hit the woods the next day.

Plenty new in ice-fishing gear

This past weekend, my wife, August, and I travelled down to St. Paul, Mn. for the annual St. Paul Ice Show.

This is the biggest ice-fishing show in North America, with representation from nearly every company that makes a product for ice-fishing, as well as several retail outlets.

If you want to see what’s new in world of ice, you will find it at this show. I’ve been attending it since 2005 and it’s amazing how much products have evolved even since then.

What’s new in ice-fishing

This past weekend, my wife, August, and I travelled down to St. Paul, Mn. for the annual St. Paul Ice Show.

This is the biggest ice-fishing show in North America, with representation from nearly every company that makes a product for ice-fishing, as well as several retail outlets.

If you want to see what’s new in world of ice, you will find it at this show. I’ve been attending it since 2005 and it’s amazing how much products have evolved even since then.

A few Christmas gift ideas

It’s pretty safe to say that winter is here to stay across Sunset Country.

It’s also probably time for all of us to start thinking about Christmas.

That means it’s time to get your shopping done now so you’re not stuck trying to put something together at the last minute, which is what usually happens with me.

This year I’m going to change things up a little bit and get everything done well in advance of Christmas (usually I even wait until a week before Christmas to write this gift idea column every year).

Thinking about Christmas

It’s pretty safe to say that winter is here to stay across Sunset Country.

It’s also probably time for all of us to start thinking about Christmas.

That means it’s time to get your shopping done now so you’re not stuck trying to put something together at the last minute, which is what usually happens with me.

This year I’m going to change things up a little bit and get everything done well in advance of Christmas (usually I even wait until a week before Christmas to write this gift idea column every year).

Ice-fishing season upon us

My fishing buddies, Jamie Bruce and Sean McAughey, are about as hard-core as it gets for getting out on the water or on the ice.

They don’t let weather conditions stop them and every free day they have, they find someplace to wet a line.

In fact, they’ve been on the ice a few times already, catching stocked brook trout, crappies, and walleyes on a number of small lakes around the Kenora area.

Already gearing for another FLW Tour

With the close of the non-resident deer-hunting season late last week, my guiding business that’s kept me busy for the past month-and-a-half or so is finished up.

After a busy summer fishing, then a shift right into deer season, I’m looking forward to a little bit of downtime around home.

I can’t say that I’m not still busy, but it’s a little more relaxed than all of the fishing, hunting, and travelling that I’ve been doing over the past several months. Since May, there really haven’t been that many mornings when I haven’t woken up at 5 a.m.