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Re: lake superior boat launches
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Haven't seen it with my own eyes, but I have read a couple of posts over on Great Lakes Angler within the last day or two stating Two Harbors, McQuade, and Rice Point were all open. The post about McQuade said the last of the ice broke up and blew out on the 2nd.

If you go, good luck! Few days of work to do on my boat first, but hope to make a run there within the next couple of weeks.

Posted on: 2015/4/4 6:58
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Re: Open Seat
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Good thing you went with your friend Papa as it was a pretty slow day out of Superior Entry for me. Got a late start North (darn snooze button) so lines weren't set until 9:30 or so. Looked like that line of weather was finally moving in so pulled lines around 2:30 as well so I didn't get caught out in it. Only one laker in the 5 hours of battling the mud and cottonwood fluff. Of course, those T-storms all slid off to the North so figured I'd have an early dinner and then re-launch out of McQuade for the evening, but just about the time I got to McQuade the rain started for real so I called it a night.

Posted on: 2014/6/6 6:16
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Re: Open Seat 6/5 PM - 6/6 AM Duluth-Superior
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Know it's late notice, but I need to take advantage of a couple of days off so thinking I may haul the boat up the Duluth/Superior tomorrow (Thursday 6/5) and fish Thursday late morning, evening and Friday morning. Looking like a solo trip at this point so have room for 1-2 more if anyone is in the area.

Not sure yet if I'll launch out of Loon's, Barker's or McQuade, may be a last minute decision as I start down the hill.

If interested, shoot me an email at: MLeslie347"at"gmail.com and I'll give you my cell.

Posted on: 2014/6/4 17:32
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Re: Best time to hit the BIG lake in a small boat?
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Quote:

big_fish_guy wrote:
MLeslie347, that was probably one of the best and most informative post I've seen here in a long time.

thanks.


Appreciate the kind words, but as I said, I've learned so much from other posters like Papa's Ship and Skinny on this forum (as well as some guys over at the GLA forums) over the past couple of seasons, it is the least I can do to try to pay it forward in kind.

Seems like there is no shortage of info out there on fishing Lk Michigan and plenty of tackle shops, charter operators and recreational fishermen posting frequent reports from over there. Relatively few places to get any good current info on Superior, which can make it a rather daunting and sometimes frustrating experience.

Still no expert, but it's not for a lack of trying . Just trying to get a bit better every year.

Posted on: 2014/3/10 23:26
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Re: Best time to hit the BIG lake in a small boat?
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I fished Superior a fair amount growing up (charters and family friends' boats), but like you, am just getting back into it after ~20 years away. 3 seasons and lord knows how many $'s later I'm obsessed- again. My boat isn't a whole lot bigger at 20' so as fthslf said, if you use the NOAA site he mentioned and are smart about picking your days, you'll have plenty of opportunities all the way through the season without heading too far offshore.

Though you can catch a Laker or two, some Steelhead the occasional salmon here or there pretty much anywhere along the shore all season, the majority of the nearshore fishing picks up in April-early May in the Twin Ports area and then slowly moves up the shore as the lake warms and the coho migrate around the lake. I grew up fishing around Grand Marais and typically they'd be up in our area late July and into August. So, as a general rule, I'd stick to the Twin Ports through Two Harbors area for a spring trip. I generally will launch out of Loon's Foot (Superior), McQuade, or maybe Knife River up until early June or so.

I've done the best the past couple seasons finding surface temps in the 48-55 degree range and starting there. The Great Lakes Coast Watch website is a great way to get a ballpark figure of what part of the shore to target when the time comes: Great Lakes Coast Watch

Also helpful to me (still trying to improve my early-season fishing success) has been the fishing guide put out by the Western Lake Superior Troller's Association. Lots of great info for someone new to the big lake or who hasn't done that kind of fishing in quite awhile. Can download a pdf copy here: WLSTA Fishing Manual

Lots of good folks posting info both here and over at the Great Lakes Angler forums as the season progresses. Keep checking back and you'll likely pick up some good info on roughly where to launch and what colors/lures have been producing. Plenty of folks on both sites willing to share information and write up good trip reports and I've learned a ton just by going back through posts from previous years.

Finally, be sure to swing through Marine General on your way through Duluth. They're always happy to share info and make some recommendations on what's been hot out on the big lake.

Posted on: 2014/3/10 9:27
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Re: Open Seat 8/27-8/29
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Heading up to Lutsen for a few days mid-week before the holiday and lugging the boat along. Will likely be launching out of Grand Marais Weds (8/28) and Thurs AM (8/29), possibly even a few hours Tuesday afternoon (8/27) if I can get out of the Cities first thing tomorrow morning.

Wife and some friends aren't coming up until later in the week so likely fishing solo until then. Have plenty of gear and room for 2 more (possibly even a 3rd) if anyone else is going to be in the area.

Shoot me a note here or via email (MLeslie347@gmail.com) if interested and I'll PM/email you my cell.

Posted on: 2013/8/26 14:07
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Re: Silver Bay/Taconite Harbor
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Chad-

Other than a few short day trips to Duluth early this season, I've only managed to get out a half dozen times or so from McQuade north, but have found the lake to be particularly fickle this season. Half the time I end up doing fairly well (for me anyway) and half the time I cover alot of water for only a couple of fish. Not sure if the late summer/colder water temps up the shore are the direct reason, but I've gone out on consecutive days and had to chase the warm water depending on where the wind blows it all. My best luck this season has been finding the 50-55 degree surface temps, but when I've found them I've managed to catch fish on boards, dipsys, and riggers.

Can get frustrating to head out to the location/depths where I did well the day before only to find out that the "warm" water has been blown 4 miles further offshore or having to run out further or up/down the shore in search of a good temp break.

Am likely headed up to Lutsen for a few days this coming week myself, so I'll drop you a note with my cell #. I'll likely spend most of my time launching out of GM, but TH or SB is easily within striking distance so happy to share any info that I learn or even team up in a couple of boats (or offer up an empty seat or two on mine) if the fishing proves particularly good in one location over the others.

good luck!

Posted on: 2013/8/25 6:26
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