Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
lotalota

Isle Royale/Canadian side report

Recommended Posts

lotalota

Spent a few days at Isle Royale recently. Can't believe how warm the water is up there! 64 degrees on the crossing and 75 in the back of the bays. This was a family trip but we still put in a good amount of time trolling from Rock Harbor around to Todd Harbor. As usual, the boat bristled with rods for the run across but we never really needed more than 4 lines at one time. Top producers for us were Lady Slippers in Scotch and Water and also the one with pink and yellow with black dots. We ran these 80'-90' down and 30' off the ball on the corners. They got bit like clockwork every time we came over the 100' shoals on the north end. We also did very well on a firetiger Needlenose run high in water column. It accounted for fewer but typically bigger fish. We headed back across to the mainland a little early due to rough weather forecasts. That gave us a little time on the Canadian side to fish a bit. We did well on kings up near Black Bay on mainly N2 size spoons in Blue Dolphin and an old green Northport with yellow tape. I got reports that there were guys catching kings up into the high 20s on the north side of Thunder Bay too! sure is nice to be able to run two lines up there now instead of just one per person. One line seems so insignificant the big lake.

Anybody ever run the Lady Slipper spoons? I'm just starting to give them a run but they've been great so far. I wonder if their "smelt-like" shape will trigger lakers on Superior better than traditional spoon blanks? They sure were the ticket at the Island. Haven't had a chance to run them out of the Twin Ports just yet.

Lota Lota...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ReelTimes

Lota..Nice report. Sounds like you had a great time and some good action. I haven't been to the island for a few years now but always enjoyed that trip. I saw a report on GLA regarding the recent Thunder Bay tourney, and they reported both large numbers of kings as well good size fish. Makes me wonder if there is a larger population of the salmonoids further north on the canadian side of the lake. I haven't personally ever fished the big lake on the canadian side.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Surface Tension

lota, thanks for the report. I miss not having the big boat..sometimes.

Haven't tried the Lady Slipper spoons.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • leech~~
      Next time you give it a try. Take a flash light and look up to make sure the throttle flapper is returning to the closed position when you let off the gas and it dies. I have had them stick open or half open then your more or less trying to restart it at half or full throttle which may just be flooding it out. It's either starving for gas or flooding.  Let us know if you solve it.  Good Luck.
    • huntnfish
      I never fished north of Wahpeton. When I fished down there I'd go south. There's normally some walleye biting early in the year south of the main road through town. I don't know how it would be this time of year. I always fished it first ice because that was usually fishable before most lakes. If you do go out I'd recommend bringing someone along and having a chisel along to check ice. That river ice can be very inconsistent. 
    • sparetime
      I ordered a rebuild kit from amazon for less than $5.00, so hopefully that will help.  YouTube has some videos on installing it.  It is an odd thing, if it sits for a while it will start and I can run it.  Once I take it off full throttle, it will die and I can't get it to restart.  Thanks for the posts so far, I appreciate it. 
    • fishin_magician2
      Anyone ever fish this lake? Buddy of mine wants to try it?
    • leech~~
      For cleaning carbs I use Gumout spray with the tube on it to shoot through all the passage ways. If I'm finding one not flowing well or clogged I like to use a gas welding tip cleaner. There are a lot of sizes and you don't have to jam something to big through it which could widen and ruin the flow. I got a nice pretty new little chain saw from a guy who just could not get it running for Free. Found that no spray would go through the main jet when I was cleaning the carb. Used the tip cleaner to knock out a piece of saw dust, and clear our Deer trails out really nice this year! Like Wanderer and Borch said, rebuild kits are cheap and a good thing to do if it's been gummed up.  p.s those little piss-ant needle flow valve springs are really fun to get back in place with fat fingers! They like to jump off the work bench and hide!!  
    • Tom Sawyer
      Sounds fun Jeff!, The way the ice has set up this year maybe it will happen after all. I would like to start getting a few prizes together for Biggest Cat, and also a kids division. Hopefully someone can bring a few good ones to the scales...
    • Wanderer
      @donethat Where is this access you speak of?  I’m not familiar with “bullhead bay”.  Is there a problem with people trespassing? The access I was referring to last year looked pretty public to me.
    • Borch
      Carb kit may help.  It's plugged or gasket/diaphragm dried out or cracked.  Alternating between choke and open when running will sometimes help if diaphram.
    • Wanderer
      Anything new that way?  I was kicking around the idea of fishing Fish Trap this weekend but went elsewhere in the area.  Been finding 14-15 inches regularly.
    • Wanderer
      Get some sea foam in that gas tank and run ‘er!  I can’t tell you exactly where it’s gummed up, but it is.  It’ll take a tank and maybe two but it should clear up. Or, take the carb back off soak it and clean every oriface you can find by poking and blowing compressed air through all the holes.  Put a new carb kit on it and reinstall. Whichever way you prefer should work. Mix your gas with 100:1 Amsoil next time, especially if you let it sit with gas in it over the summer.  I run about 75:1 and have gotten away without gummed up carbs when forgetting to clear the gas from last year - like today.  First day starting the gas auger.  I found out it wasn’t stores empty like I normally do. Took about 10 pulls but she came around and did fine on the lake today.  I WAS annoyed to find gas in it but I have no one to blame but me.
  • Share & Have Fun