Recently, we motored around the Keweenaw Point with Professor, Mathematician Don and his wife, business owner and best cook in the Keweenaw, Carol and my son, Roger as a deckhand. My plan was to fish at the point for while where Leo and I located some fish the day before, then go into Bete Grise to fish for steelhead and coho salmon.
Fishing was slow at the point as it was had to follow the bottom up and down, but we managed to get a few lazy lakers. There we many more releases from my “riggers”, but with slow response we missed them. Nothing on the surface lines, but we got a bump or 2 on the dypsies.
After fishing in those un-productive waters for a while, we went around the green marker of the fateful coast guard cutter Mesquite and headed into the bay. Saw a few nets along the way and a diver on the sunken Mesquite.
We dropped our lines again in 150 feet of water, covering the whole water column, picking up another laker and missing a fish on a dypsy that was 40 feet below the surface. By this time, the seas had picked up to 3 footers, with a few 4’s and Prof (who NEVER gets sick) was looking a little green. He suggested we call it a day, since the fishing was slow anyway, but I think it was really his rolling stomach that made him want to go in. His preference for fishing would have been crappies on an inland lake, but was willing to try something different. I think the slow fishing on the rough seas turned him off to future “Big Lake” fishing in spite of the tasty lake trout that he took home for his wife, the best cook, to prepare for him. Maybe we should have fished a little longer after the Prof “Chummed” the fish with his regurgitated ham sandwich.
Calvin and I also fished Lac La Belle a few times recently and caught several crappies with some leaded jigs and rubber bait that I got from Professor Don. Calvin also got a nice pike on a separate trip.