Caught 21 total in our Early morning fishing for lake trout in Bete Grise, Keweenaw Peninsula

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The winning laker caught by Bill

All of our fish that we took home, 18 in all, after throwing 3 back

Left the dock at 6:10 this morning with 2 of my boys as deck hands, John and Bill. We went directly out to the lake trout fishing grounds, since the Coho fishing has been slow lately. Started catching fish almost right away, got slow for a while as we moved off the “spot”, but getting back, we picked up our fair share of nice lake trout.  We released a couple small ones, but came back with a cooler full of healthy lakers, many of which had the pink, even orange meat, much like coho flesh. What prettty fish!

Bill’s comment was “… the best fishing I EVER had on Bete Grise!” Bill fished with his deep sea rod (meat pole as some call it) and John and I used the downriggers, ho on the port side, me on the starboard. We did not keep track of who caught what, but I think the catch was pretty equal between all three lines.

Also dragged a surface line and dypsy line that were un-productive.  Oh yeah, had a line at 60 feet for a while with no fish on that. All of our catch was with-in 20 feet of the bottom, even though the graph was showing suspended fish aroung 100 to 120 feet down.

Also, the graph showed some nice thermoclines at or near the bottom. For bait, bill had a herring dodger and fly, I had a laker taker and John had a orange/black/gold silver streak, proving that all work as well when fished at the same speeds at the same time!

Planning to go to Stannard Rock light (not Standdard rock as some say) tomorrow to try out some new spots. Anyone interested in joining us, call and let me know, I’ll see what I can do to get you aboard 😉

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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