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To freeze or not to freeze

Things in nature often make me wonder. This week, I journeyed to the far northern reaches of Wisconsin, only to have one of these questions pushed to the brink ... I mean, now I gotta stop wondering and really find out some kind of real answer.

This is the question: Why do certain spots in rivers never freeze?

Now, with certain bodies of water, there is usually some explanation as to why they freeze or do not freeze. But sometimes, for whatever reason, there is nothing that stands out as to why an area is free of ice.

An example is the area just down from the Prophetstown bridge. This area is no more swift or deep or shallow however it remains open ... all the time. 

Now, as I ventured north this past weekend, I found that there were many stretches of rivers, creeks and streams completely open ... in northern Wisconsin – for real. We spent several days in areas like Spooner, Heyward and Rice Lake. I could not believe the amount of open water there was there.

I guess we could refer to these as phenomena or whatever. Or are there underground pipelines that warm these areas, or some kind of warm spring, or I don’t know ... do you? I am a naturally inquisitive chap, and this really has me curious.

Just this past deer season, in late December, I dropped a bottle of water under one of my tree stands. Thing was, I didn’t know it. Upon returning to pull this stand in later January, I spotted the bottle sticking up out of a patch of snow. No big deal, I know, but what was amazing is that the water was completely ice free!

Now call it what you will, and believe it or not, but it happened. So what causes these unexplained unbelievable events in nature?

These events are something I am really going to be looking into this year. There has to be a logical explanation for them, and I’d like to hear it.

So, what are you all doing this weekend? How about coming on out to Cochran’s Pub in Sterling and helping out a young lady with an awful disease? Her name is Kloey, and the event is from 1-4 p.m.

I will be there, and I will be selling hooks, fishtail bracelets, sinkers, and decals. I will also be raffling off anchors, a custom rod, and a guide trip, and more.

I even got a great deal for you ladies. I will be raffling off a Princess Spa Package, donated by Tirzah Renkes, owner of Small Town Hair and Care in Prophetstown. Heck, I may get a ticket or two for that there.

Every dime I take in is going to the cause, so come on over and help us help her.

Until next week … Go Catfish!

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