It is strange what possessed me. Why did I log every fishing trip in 1977? I did some in 1976. But that is all.
Here is a possible explanation. Back when Mom died in 1976, I started trying to get Pa to tell me about things I had not asked about. My record book was a ledger-sized notebook with lined paper and red cover. That book must have been with me up at the cabin. Near the end of July in 1976, I began recording the fishing production. Then in 1977, the book shows my catches from June through the end of the years. It was not only complete, but it had some of the best results that I can recall. Nothing was recorded for 1978; and in 1979, I had begun working at Sperry in March. Fishing changed after 1979.
Maps that I used for studying the lake are currently (2017) in a drawer in the cabin. I looked at them and saw that I had recorded results of a number of fishing trips from other years in the margins of those maps.
Chris believes that if we had records from earlier years they would substantiate that fish production was decreasing. Unfortunately, I don't believe I have enough data.
What I plan to try here is to create a table (spreadsheet) that would provide my data from 1977. Just for history.
As part of the history of 1977, Rainy Lake was very low that year. That had a ripple effect even as far as Lake of the Woods. That year might have been the year when Grandpa and I put in the extension to the old dock. Looking at my spreadsheet, that work might have been done around July 4th and the two weeks following. But that seems to be the only big how in the dates.
As a little legend for the cells, W stands for walleye. So 2W means the person whose name is on top of the column caught 2 walleyes on the trip of the day. N stands for northern. S stands for sauger. B stands for bass.
|Date in 1977||Location||Bill||Barb||Grandpa||Ernie||George||Ron||Scott||Dr. Crow
|June 14||Dryweed||1S 1W||1S|
|June 17||Black Bay||2N||1W|
|June 18||Wind and Rain|
|June 22||Seine River||2W 1 S||2W||3W|
|June 24||Provincial Park||22W before lunch||Sabiscon Bay of Lake of the Woods|
|June 24||Provincial Park||18W after lunch|
|June 27||French Island||1S||1S||Rock eats prop at Sandpoint!|
|July 17||Fransen||1B 1S 2W|
|July 22||Cranberry Island||1N||2N|
|July 24||Dryweed||3N 1W|
|July 29||Olson's Reef, Fox Island|
|Aug 1||Dryweed||2N 1W||1N|
|Aug 2||Olson Bay(Discovered)||3N 3W 1S|
|Aug 4||Olson Bay||12W & S||3W 3N||9W & S|
|Aug 5 AM||Olson Bay||2W 1N||2W||8W|
|Aug 5 PM||Olson Bay||5W||2W||8W|
|Aug 6 AM||Olson Bay||1S||1S||2W|
|Aug 6 PM||"Stringer" Bay||1W 1S||2W 1S|
|Aug 7 AM||"Stringer" Bay||1W|
|Aug 7 PM||Fransen||1W||1W|
|Aug 8||Olson Bay||2W||3W 1N||2W 1N||1N||1N 1S|
|Aug 9||Olson Bay||3W||4W|
|Aug 10||Windy :(|
|Aug 11 AM||"Stringer" Bay|
|Aug 11 PM||Fransen|
|Aug 12||Olson Bay||2W||8W||10W|
|Aug 14||Olson Bay||10W||3W 2N||4W||5W|
|Aug 21||Olson Bay||2W|
|Aug 24 AM||Olson Bay||1W 2S||1N|
|Aug 24 PM||Dryweed||1N||1B|