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5 days on superior (first timer)


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I just returned form a 5 day stay at Silver bay marina.

I have fished Lake Michigan twice but this is the first time bringing the boat to Superior.

The scenery was awesome. The fishing was Good. It wasn't quite like lake Michigan but it was good.

The first day we went out for about 6 hours and ended up with 3, a 3 lb lake trout, a 3 lb king and a 5 lb lake trout. We fished 100 to 300 fow and caught most fish 50 - 60 feet down. Water temp was 56 on surface and 42 at 50 feet.

Day 2 we went out for about 8 hours and ended up with 8, a 23 inch steelhead(native- released), a 4 lb lake trout, a 5 lb lake trout, a 7 lb lake trout, a 9 lb lake trout, a 12 lb lake trout, a 14 lb king and a 5 lb coho. We fished mainly 200-600 fow and caught them at 50 and 80 feet. Most fish came from 50 feet. Water temp was 56 surface and 42 at 50 or 80 feet.

Day 3 we went out for about 9 hours and ended up with 4, a 4 lb lake trout, a 4 lb king, a 2 lb pink salmon and a 19 inch steelhead(native-released). We fished 150 to 600 fow and caught them at 40 - 50 feet. Water temp was 43 surface and 39-41 at 50 feet.

Day 4 we went out for about 9 hours and ended up with 4, a 3 lb king, a 2 lb pink, a 5 lb king and a 4 lb coho. We fished 100 to 300 fow and caught most at 50 feet. Water temp was 41 to 42 at surface and 41-42 at 50 feet.

Day 5 we fished for 4 hours and hooked up with 4 but all got off. One was a big one that broke off the 20 lb line from dipsy on the way in. It made some fierce runs till it finally snapped.

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Nice report! I used to slip my boat up there before moving her to Duluth. I sure miss it after looking at your pictures.

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Good report and great pics! There's no comparison for beautiful views of Lake Superior versus Lake Michigan. Glad you were able to put together a pattern and slam some fish!

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Looks like you had a great time. The scenery makes for a very scenic ride even if the fishing is a little slow on some days.You guys did great with a nice variety of fish.

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Yes it was absolutely a blast. Even though it was a little slow we did have a nice mix of fish and learned a lot as well. The scenery was worth the trip alone but I can't go anywhere without wetting a line or 2. Now time to get the smoker fired up.

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Do you have any pics of the pink salmon? I just never hear any reports of them being caught out in the lake, yet the rivers are always full of them in the fall crazy

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Do you have any pics of the pink salmon? I just never hear any reports of them being caught out in the lake, yet the rivers are always full of them in the fall crazy

That's because most people consider them a pain on Lake Superior. They hit constantly and they are too small to know they are on your board lines etc. During the end of summer 2010 we would get between 10 and 20 pinks per trip out of Silver Bay. That year they averaged 14 to 18 Inches and barely weighed a pound at best. Lots of people don't like the meat but I thought they were good BBQ'ed in cajun seasoning.

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What percentage of the fish do you think you caught on dipsies?

Since I don't have down riggers, dipsies are one of my only options for deep lines near the boat.

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We ran 2 down riggers a dipsy rod and a lead core rod(10 colors). It was about even between the all three as to how many fish we caught. We caught fish on spoons and some on flasher/flys. Monkey puke or other greens were best followed by wonder bread.

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What percentage of the fish do you think you caught on dipsies?

Since I don't have down riggers, dipsies are one of my only options for deep lines near the boat.

You can use 16 oz lead balls with church clips attach them to your line and just unsnap them when reeling it in. Or torpedo divers work great also.
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