Dock Building, Trolling and Fishing in General

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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 hold until June 15th. (Permit does not allow work between April 1st and June 15th.  Advantages?

1. It’s 2 miles closer to Lake Superior where I do most of the big boat trolling for lake trout, salmon and steel-head.

2. It’s easier to find for new charter fishing and sightseeing clients, but I’ll have to make sure returning ones know where NOT to go.

3. It’s close to our summer home, so I can sleep a little longer.

4. It’s sheltered better from most winds.


As for fishing: Trolling on Lake Superior, we’ve caught lake trout, a couple of splake and brown trout and on Lac La Belle – small mouth bass and lots of crappie. The bass are just starting to spawn here, as are the crappie – there are lots to be caught right now. The water temperatures on Lake Superior are still in the low 40’s on the surface, so salmon and trout are lingering near the shores to find warmer water and more feed.

Next week, I have crews to take to Manitou and Gull Rock lighthouses for some repair work, so my crew will be fishing while their work crew does their thing… that’s assuming the winds cooperate.

Give me a call – I can’t wait to take YOU out fishing or touring on Lac la Belle or Lake Superior.

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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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