Trolling Bete Grise for Lake Trout, June 4th
Norm and I got up early on Saturday, at 4:30 am, to head out to Bete Grise.
I kwew that there was a fishing tournament going on in Lac La Belle that day, so I wondered if we would be affected by other boaters launching at the same time. We arrived at the launch at 5:33 am, and much to my surprise, we were the first ones there. The tourney was to start at 6, and as it turned out, there were only 10 boats registered, so there was no launching competition.
The official at the dock thought we were there for the tourney, but we set him straight and let him know were there to fish for pleasure only. As we pushed off, Larry, a business customer of Designotype’s, was coming in by boat to sign in.
With the water temp at 49 close to shore and calm winds, we stayed near shore and trolled in 20 to 50 feet of water. Caught 4 lake trout with the largest at 7.5 lbs, released one 3.5 lb fish at the end, since he was still very much alive in the live well.
Ran our allotted 6 lines (3 for each of us) and caught our fish on spoons, one of which was very small at 3 inches long. This was a $.50 lure that I bought in GR along with 5 others that tested out with good action in my test tank. See: my video on YouTube for more details.
Norm had no lunch on this trip… I still don’t know why, was he dieting, running late, maybe was planning on going home early, or thought we were just going out for a short time. Lucky I had extra which I shared. After consuming my lunch and fishing some more, we thought it was too nice to call it a day, so we decided to go to our cottage for fried fish, then go out again for the afternoon, but it got too windy after the fresh fish fry. We headed home to do chores instead.
the next day, Sunday, after church, the boys and I fished Lac la Belle for pike, perch and bass. Stan caught a pike, the others got some perch, but no bass.
Tried out my new electric trolling motor, a Rhodan, which I am pretty pleased with. Time will tell if I made a good investment.