I think the puddle hunting is going to be the most productive this year! With the way the lakes in our area have flooded in the spring,and with the drout conditions now,it is anyones guess what will come of the lake hunting,but I feel the small ponds and inpoundments that did not flood out as bad as the lake did, are going to hold alot of birds! They will find the food sources that they know are there and they will have cover,and I think small beaver ponds and things like that will have the most action! Who knows for sure? Just have too wait and see what happens! I know I was at a spot off the main Lake on Tuesday before the waterfowl meeting in Whitehall,and what was a great spot last year is all but a dried up mud pot,the vegitation was all but gone,and I was hoping it would be a hot spot this year! I saw where the water floated drift wood up into the woods a good 70-100 yards from any water remaining in this area,the mud was solid enough to walk on all the way out to about 15 feet from the remaining water! Even the small drainage brook was close to being dry! I think we need some serious rain in the next 2 months! Then maybe we might get some water back in these spots!
The main Lake might be good if the water conditions stay the same as it will be low enough to open feeding areas in places where the water was too deep in previous years,so it might work out that way! But alot of the East Creek area is dried up,and those nice little spots we got into last year are not going to be accessable this year if we do not get any rain! Good luck too all!!!
2016 Season Totals
Canada Geese 147
Band Count 5 goose,3 duck