"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it," wrote Harry Middleton. No fishing and texting today! Soak it up. Be in the moment.

Fishing is the means to an end: disconnecting from the harried, frenetic digital detritus of modern life. If I actually catch fish, that's just icing on the cake.

Considering we could be dodging snow flurries, today will be a slice of atmospheric perfection. Plan on 50s this morning with a light breeze from the west. Not much walleye chop out there today. Under a sunny sky, the mercury brushes 80 by late afternoon. Looks like the only thing I'm going to catch is a memorable sunburn. Don't forget a six-pack of sunscreen.

Good news for Mom: Sunday looks just as nice, with a light southeast breeze and no red blobs on Doppler radar.

This well-timed weather gives way to a slow-moving front next week. An inch or three of rain could easily fall between Monday and Friday, before we dry out next weekend.

I'm trying to time the rain for weekdays and sun on the weekends. Then everyone's happy!