Lake Superior Trolling, Lac La Belle Fishing for Bass, Pike and Walleye

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It’s been a long time since posting, so I’ll try t0 give an up-date on lake trout, salmon, walleye, crappie,perch, pike and smallmouth bass fishing in the last few weeks.


Stanley was the master at hooking the smallies!

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Memorial weekend was spent at Bond Falls with my wife, kids and a nephew. The bass fishing there was about as good as it gets with lots of action on crawlers, leaches and tube baits. Stanley seemed to be the best angler when it comes to hooking the soft hitting smallmouth bass. I even caught a nice 9 inch crappie.




After that trip, I brought the “Helm-n-Buoys” to Bete Grise to map out the drop-off on my GPS so that we can more effectively fish in the area. Now I can stay parallel to the drop-off  and stay in the strike zone longer to catch more fish.

In the begging of June, I took Travis White, a charter guide from the Sault, on Lac La Belle for Smallies. He got the best of them bay boating several nice ones in the 14 to 19 inch range, the largest on his fly rod.  Plus we landed one pike. What FUN!TravisBass2


Travis’s 19 inch bass on a Fly Rod!

June 3rd was the launch of the “Fishin’ Mission” with brother Mitch, then my son Andy went out for some deck-hand training since he wants to help out on charters this summer.



Here’s Katrina’s 34 inch, 11lb Pike

Fishing in Lake Superior has been pretty good with 6 or more fish boated each time, except yesterday, when the wind prevented us from fishing our “hot spots.” We came in after trolling sideways in the wind in 150 feet depths with only one laker. News reporter Jeremy and medical software specialist Katrina needed more fish to make a few meals, so we fished Lac La Belle for crappie, perch, pike and smallbouth bass. The crappie fishing was slow, the few perch were small, but the 34 inch, 11 lb pike made the day when Katrina fought him for a long time as he peeled off line many times trying to get under the boat and away from the net. It’s a good thing she had good, strong braided line with a steel leader or the fish would have been lost. JeremyKatrinaCatchSmall


Nice 5 lb king caught by IT Specialist Frank.

Last week, mixed in with 6 lake trout, we landed one 5 lb king salmon that gave an exciting fight, crossing another line or two before landing him. Retired serviceman Frank and his network specialist son came up from Illinois to enjoy the Copper Country fishing.

Last weekend, me and the boys spent many hours fishing for jumbo perch in Schlatters Lake at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, our annual boys fishing and camping outing on the island. It’s been a tradition in our church for the past 41 year as I camped there on the very first trip when I was just 12 years old. Now all of my sons and even a grandson have made the trip.


I forgot to mention that I caught this 5 lb walleye in Lac La Belle this week too!


Brucey with a NICE Bass


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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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