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A Mixed Bag (of fish and people)

With the clients above, we caught undersized walleye, small mouth bass, norther pike, perch, crappie, lake trout, steel head and salmon.

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Fighting a Brown Trout

Without giving away too many secrets, early season is always good for shallow water (less than 15 feet) fishing for lake trout, salmon, steel head and brown trout. The water temperatures away from shore are undesirable for most fish, so they seek out the warmer waters near shore. Also, the bait fish hang out closer […]

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Dock Building, Trolling and Fishing in General

So, what’s been happening here in the Upper Peninsula this spring? I’m happy to report that all the ice is gone from lake superior and the trout and salmon fishing season is starting off pretty well. Early this spring, I’ve been working on a new dock for my 30 foot charter boat, but is on […]

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Off Season Indoor FUN!

I sat in on a special shout-out for TUNA – Dave Carraro of National Geographic’s hit show “Wicked Tuna” – where the curious audience fired questions at him to find out how he gets to be paid for this passion.

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Skunks? No, but Learning How to Troll With Down-Riggers

Author of university improvement books, Bill, contacted me recently about trolling for Lake Trout. He had never fished on Lake Superior before, so he and his life-long buddy, Phil made the drive from Rhinelander, WI (after flying from Massachusetts) and got dropped off at the Lac la Belle marina for a day on the water. […]

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Salmon, Trout and Weather – Lately

“What’s the weather going to be like next Thursday?” Food Photographer Andy asked me as he called to check on his Lake Superior fishing charter which was 5 days away. In my effort not to be rude or a smart-Alec about it, I used a thoughtful tone of voice and said “Well, It’s hard to […]

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Stannard Rock again Plus a Variety

Well, we are almost through August and this last 1/2 of the month in the Keweenaw has been a little rough on Lake Superior, which is usual for this time of year. We have averaged 7 fish per trip in the last 2 weeks, which is about 1.5 fish per hour… not great, but still […]

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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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