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north shore

every october i take a weekend off and head to the north shore to do some salmon fishing. this year i made one stop on the st. louis to try for gobys and ruffe. it was ridiculously cold and windy so detecting bites was nearly impossible. if that wasn't enough the spot was loaded with tiny yellow perch that grabbed the bait almost instantly. i spent an hour freezing on the river bank catching one tiny perch after another. i started thinking about giving up because it was already 1pm and i had a few hours of driving ahead of me. right as i reeled in i noticed i had a small fish on the end of the line and sure enough it was the goby i was after! satisfied with the new lifelister i got back on the road and continued north. 



i met up with my brother in lutsen and we headed down to a favorite spot of mine hoping for some big salmon. we were not disapointed one bit. looking over the cliff into the river we could see dozens of them. i tossed fluorescent orange egg flies while he threw around a small spoon. on my first cast i landed a nice coho and almost as soon as i got it unhooked and back in the water randy hooked up on a nice fish. it turned out to be a 23" rainbow! a great catch.


randy didn't have much luck with the salmon, he hooked up on two but lost both fish i was a little more fortunate and ended up getting another nice one followed by a new personal best 16" brook trout.




the second day we went farther north to fish the river where i caught my lifer coho last year. we saw quite a few fish but only managed to catch one. it ended up being a new personal best at 21 inches.



we headed back to the first spot to try and get randy a coho. it didn't take long for a nice one to blast his spoon. 




i caught a few more on the egg flies before hooking into something that felt a little different. as i brought the fish closer i noticed red on the belly, it was a brookie and a giant one at that! soon the fish was brought to the net. i didn't think i would beat my 16" personal best over the weekend but sure enough this fish was bigger. 17 inches long and fat! an absolutely amazing fish with the most beautiful coloration i have ever seen. 


i made the drive back this morning stopping at a few fishing spots along the way with no luck. i wish i could've stayed a few more days. i think i'm gonna have to go back very very soon.

Eli's picture
Those are nice fish, but

Those are nice fish, but braving the wind and cold to catch a goby makes you certifiable.




the pyromaniac
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@Eli, that may be true, but I

@Eli, that may be true, but I'd do it, and I'll wager there's dozens more guys on here than just Dylan and myself who would.....

obsessed with fishing, music, travel, food, and reading.  It seems like everything I do revolves around those things.

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@ pyro, I was half joking,

@ pyro, I was half joking, half complementing.




the pyromaniac
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I wasn't trying to start

I wasn't trying to start anything, merely commenting on the collective mindset of this community... Today in Wise it's 40*F with thunderstorms, but if I could get away to fish I totally would......

obsessed with fishing, music, travel, food, and reading.  It seems like everything I do revolves around those things.

Something has me suspect that

Nice bunch of fish! Looks like a fun day for sure. smiley

MichaelAngelo's picture
Wow amazing brookies!!! And

Wow amazing brookies!!! And coho is on my to-catch list... along with everything else... but it's still fresh in my mind LOL :)

Professor Fish
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Great job dj, nice bunch of 

Great job dj, nice bunch of  fish and congrats on catching the elusive goby. Fyi Ken, these fish were caught in Minnesota.wink

andy's picture
Nice fish

Love the cohos from the river up there. That's very cool!  And them brookies, nice job man.  Thanks for sharing.

AvidFly's picture
Nice job on the coho's and

Nice job on the coho's and brookies!  It's tough enough to manage to get one or two nice fish up there.  Those fish look pretty cool with the white gum line that stands out.  


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Looks like a great place to fish! great photos!



The gods do not subtract the alotted span in men's lives the hours spent in fishing.

Eric Kol
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Nicely done!

Nicely done!

Carpy Diem!

Muskymags's picture
That stretch is short!


Mike B
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Sweet salmonids dude.

Sweet salmonids dude.

mike b