During this time of year when the snow melts at accelerating speed and the lakes and ponds are released from their long icy captivity, there´s definitely a recognizable scent of spring in the air. Soon we will be enjoying from the constant buzzing of different insects and the daily concerts of dozens of nesting birds. The contrast between the seasons is one the best things in living so high up north!
Last ice-fishing sessions took place last week, after that the temperature rose and moving on the ice became impossible and dangerous. For some reason, perch (Perca fluviatilis) catches were extremely weak this spring in the whole Kainuu region as I am given to understand. Usually the perch eat heartily this time of year because their spawning begins around May but this year was different. It´s a pity because they are marvelous fish and the bigger ones really put up a fight when struggling in the end of the line and in addition, they taste delicious.
Anyways, now it´s time to put the ice-fishing equipment aside and begin preparing for the spring activities! These include fishing pike with nets because it´s the time of their spawning at the moment, setting fish traps for the perch and following and taking care for the last pregnant female reindeer still inside the pen. And of course canoeing because the conditions for that are the best possible; the rivers and streams are flooding due to huge amount of water being released from the melting ice and snow. High water also makes the beavers look for new habitats and signs of them are usual. The animal itself is normally extremely cautious and avoids humans. As spring progresses, posts concerning these nice outdoor activities are guaranteed!