When the north wind blows, anglers stay prepared

Sep. 16—Lake Erie, with its vast expanse of water and teeming aquatic life, is a haven for anglers seeking their next big catch.

However, every angler knows that sometimes, Mother Nature can be quite capricious.

One of the most challenging obstacles that anglers face on Lake Erie is the relentless north wind. But what do you do when the cold north winds blow, turning your day of angling into a waiting game?

Picture this: You've arrived at the dock, your excitement palpable, ready to embark on a day of fishing.

All your rods are set up, lines carefully rigged with the perfect bait, leaders tied securely, and your boat is sparkling clean, fueled up, and raring to go. You're all set for a day of action, but suddenly, the north wind howls, and your heart sinks.

As any seasoned angler will tell you, the north wind can be a formidable adversary. It can slow down your boat, make the water choppy, and, most importantly, make fish elusive.

But does that mean it's time to pack up and head home? Not for the passionate anglers who frequent Lake Erie.

In those moments when the north wind seems to hold you captive at the dock, anglers often find solace in daydreams of the legendary "one that got away."

Those remarkable tales of colossal fish that slipped through their grasp keep their spirits high and the fires of determination burning. It's these very stories that make fishing more than just a pastime; it's a relentless pursuit of the next epic battle between angler and fish.

But for those who prefer a more proactive approach, there's always the option to turn adversity into opportunity.

Anglers use this time to study maps, plan their next expedition, and analyze the intricate patterns of Lake Erie's underwater world.

They scout for potential hotspots, research the behavior of the fish species they seek, and fine-tune their techniques. It's during these moments of stillness that the groundwork for future successful outings is laid.

While the north wind may test an angler's patience, it also showcases their resilience and adaptability.

It transforms a day at the dock into a valuable learning experience, an opportunity to connect with fellow anglers, and a chance to pay homage to the great ones that eluded capture.

So, the next time you find yourself at Lake Erie, with the cold north winds keeping you grounded, remember that the true angler's spirit thrives in adversity. Whether you choose to daydream about the one that got away or immerse yourself in planning your next fishing expedition, Lake Erie's charm never wanes.

And when the winds shift in your favor, and your line tugs with the promise of a big catch, you'll be ready to seize the moment and savor the sweet victory that awaits.

Anthony Hyvarinen writes a weekly fishing column for the Star Beacon. He can be reached at