Fishing Up-date out of Lac la Belle in Lake Superior

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Lots of wind is causing delays and cancellations of fishing plans and stirring up the waters.
Last Thursday, I brought out a dad and son from South Eastern Mn who were here trying un-successfully to fish the local streams for brookies. I guess they’d have to talk to Jim Juntilla to find out where to go… if he’d reveal his hot spots!

We picked up a nice 3 lb Coho almost right away, circled around a few times, but no more Coho, so we went out deep for lakers… in 150 to 200 feet on the bottom. Ended up with 3 lakers and one Coho after releasing 3 small lake trout. It was a real nice day and a good time was had by all, with Calvin as my deckhand.
Friday and Saturdays fishing was winded out by gale force winds, so I took the opportunity to pull my boat to change oil in the out-drives. I ended up pulling off both of the drives to seal up the drive shaft bellows and to change one, which had a hole it it.
Sunday evening, we fished for 2 hours before dusk with Lynn and Larry and caught 2 steelhead about 75 feet below the surface a pink stingers.

Monday morning, Labor Day, was spent with a couple and their 19 year old son from Madison, WI, who is about to join the Air Force. We tried for the Coho or Steelhead in the same location as the night before, with no luck, so moving out near the Montreal River we fished in 150 feet for Lake Trout with very little action. Moving again to deeper waters (180 to 200), we were able to pick up some fish and come in with 6 after loosing one right at the boat and another at the surface just 30 feet behind. One was a very nice 8 pound laker that David successfully landed with my 10 foot eagle claw on a laker taker spoon.
Almost all of our summer fishing was done with spoons, with a mix of Diamond Kings, Silver Streaks and Bay de Noc manufactured laker takers. We run at 1.9 to 2.1 for lake trout and 2.5 to 2.8 for Coho and Steelhead. Wave action always helps no matter what you fish for as it gives the lures more fluttering action, in fact the action of the lures is the MOST important aside from fishing where the fish are.
Water temps are still running pretty high for this time of year with the surface at 65 degrees and 61 degrees at 100 feet deep.

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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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