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Fishing and Wishing I was Fishing (Trolling)

For the last few weeks, we’ve had really good coho fishing in the Copper Harbor, Bete Gris, Keweenaw area. We’ve even had a few browns, steel head and a splake on charters and pleasure fishing. On Saturday, August 22nd, I fished with my boys on Lac La Belle in the annual Kids’ Fishing Tournament. We caught a […]

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Killing and Gutting the Fish

As we set some lures out for salmon and steel head, I got a call from a Maryland family who wanted to get out for some trout that very same afternoon. Lucky for them, I had the afternoon un-scheduled, so I said “Sure, I can take you out, but I can’t talk to you now, I’ll have to call you back later.”

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Sighseeing with the Ladies

There was a knock on my door as I was mentally preparing for an afternoon lighthouse cruise out to Manitou Island Lighthouse and Gull Rock. (No charter fishing on this one) “Come on in!” I shouted, over the din of Andy playing on the keyboard. He’s just learning how to sound out songs and was […]

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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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