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King Salmon and Bobbing in the Waves

“There’s something going on with that planer board on the port side,” my sea sick, Aerospace Researcher, chumming the fish, dad of two 20-some-year-old boys shouts. His son, Electrical Engineer, Mike, also looking a little green around the gills… I mean pale in the face, grabs the rod and starts to crank viciously on the […]

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Summertime fun on Lac La Belle and Lake Superior

Almost a month has gone by since my last post because it’s been a whirlwind of (mostly) fishing (for lake trout), (some) sightseeing (Gull rock and Manitou Lighthouse) and general summer activities. Times fun when you’re having flies… I mean times fun when you’re having fish… I mean… oh, forget it. Suffice it to say […]

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Fishing and Sightseeing Charter Fun and Challenges

Here is a brief summary (see photos below) of the life of a charter boat captain when he brings a mish-mash of people from different parts of the globe trolling for trout and salmon. Had a busy week and a half with many outings, some great and some just ok, as we averaged 8 fish […]

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Stannard Rock and Lac La Belle Fishing

With a couple of windy days in a row keeping me off Lake Superior, I’m sitting here singing That Old Enemy Wind song “…it really makes it tough, when the lake is so rough…” Canceled one of the afternoon fishing/sightseeing trip to Manitou Island, 2.5 miles off the Keweenaw Peninsula and did a short stint […]

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Coho, Perch, Lake Trout and more Lake Trout

Today is a rainy day in the Keweenaw Peninsula, so here I sit, just dreaming of lake trout fishing, instead of trolling out there on Bete Grise, or Lac La Belle. The past month has flown by with a trip to ND, a camping trip with the boys at *“Slod’s” and some fishing in between. […]

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Season Start with 4 Species & 17 Lake Trout

Had a couple of nice surprises on Friday while fishing with Dudz. We left Calumet in the morning with the “Helm-n-Buoys” (my 19 foot Harbercraft) in tow since there was much to prepare for the weekend adventure to Stannard Rock. The anticipation was high for both of us, since it was to be the first […]

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Splake – The Keweenaw Splake Anglers

Splake is the subject of the day here. Last Saturday, in Copper Harbor, there was a meeting of the Keweenaw Splake Anglers – a small group of people helping to protect and continue Splake plants in Copper Harbor.

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“Fat” Lake Trout Myths

Yes, lake trout have more fat than walleye, crappie, white fish, salmon and others, but the lean lake trout that we catch have a 10% to 15% fat content. The other lake trout species, Siscowet – the deep “fats” – have over 50% fat content, but we rarely catch them, because we don’t fish that deep. Also, the fats in fish aren’t artery clogging saturated fats, but are the good, heart healthy omega-3 fats that are essential for growth.

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Using Stackers with Downrigger Trolling to Increase Catch Rate

Here is a video about a stacker… a device that I use on my boats when trolling with down-riggers or dipsy divers for salmon and lake trout.
The video covers most of it, but here are some key points to review: (see the video first.)

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“Fish-Eye-Views” of Trolling Spoons – Underwater

Well, it’s still snowing here in the Keweenaw and we have over 4 feet of ice on the lakes, but I’m having fun in my basement, testing and researching in order to improve next summers’ fishing on Lake Superior. I’ll be taking a boatload out to Stannard Rock on Memorial weekend and many more charters […]

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