Warm weather: What a difference a month makes!

U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter vessels work as a team to breaking up ice jams along the Connecticut River (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

(WTNH)–Just one short month ago the Connecticut River was lined with ice, and lined with people who were here to check it out, but now one month later, there’s still people here but they’re here for a different reason.

David Worden is on a real high right now.

“This giant fish hit and he took off.” Said fisherman David Worden of Woodstock.

After catching a 35 inch long monster stripe bass…in February! Hard to imagine consider the river was covered in ice less than a month ago.

“And if you go up the shoreline here, you can see there’s 4 feet of ice stacked up on the side from the remnants of the ice jam.” Mentioned Worden.

It may be February but with these temps, fisherman seized the day, and the fish seem to be biting!

“It makes the fish turn on, I caught tons of fish!” Responded David.

Downstream in Essex, business was booming, and even motorcycles hit the road for a rare winter ride.

“There are a ton of people out on bikes today.” Noted motorcycle rider Alex Yuknat.

Sure it wasn’t 80, but that didn’t stop Alex from getting out.

“Yeah I only wore a sweatshirt instead of coveralls and a down jacket, so I’m pretty happy.” Smiled Alex.

Meanwhile Riverquest boat cruises were getting ready for another weekend of eagle cruises in Essex.

Cathy Malin of Riverquest Boat Tours said, “We have one nest that any day now, they’re going to lay an egg.”

They were lucky to have started their season right after the ice jam cleared, but it wasn’t always that way.

“We were pushing them out, hoping that the ice would melt, pushing customers out but unfortunately we lost the entire eagle season because of the ice.” Cathy explained.

Thankfully water temps are on their way up, and people were out Wednesday enjoying the nice weather. But thanks to the warm temperatures and the snow melt up north, we will have to watch for the potential for minor river flooding along the Connecticut River.

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