The gorgeous fish in the last post was mistakenly identified as a Lake Trout. How were we, mere neophytes to Great Lakes fishing, to know that we had caught a magnificent Chinook Salmon. It all became clear when to my amazement another hard-fighting fish bit on the Rapala lure, this time in Loon Harbor, 53 miles ENE of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Again, there was 6-pound test line on the rod and the fight began. He ran. He dove. I brought him slowly in and he ran again. Over and over. When he tired, I increased the drag. When he regained strength, I eased up. Bob held the dinghy in place and kept the net at the ready. We took photos and made note of the dark mouth and the salmon-colored meat. It was a highly prized Coho Salmon.
We are now thoroughly hooked on Lake Superior fishing!
Ann and Carl met us in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and we cruised 61 miles into Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park. As soon as we had our fishing licenses, we hopped in the dinghy and started trolling. Ann landed a beautiful Lake Trout. He was cleaned and cooked for dinner.
At McCargo Cove we hooked a Northern Pike. In Otter Cove, Bob caught a Lake Trout and I was able to land one too.