After not being able to make the first Poutarama weekend we were able to make it up this weekend! Weather was awesome, the ice was good, beer was cold, and the lotas were going nuts!! Thank you guys for the invite and putting on us on some ling. We kept a bunch, released a bunch, and after bringing just a pliers, knife, and a cutting board I'm wishing we wouldve released a bunch more. After cleaning them on the shorline with a headlamp I'm finally getting the feeling back in my fingers again. My oldest got his lifer burbot and so did my daughter's boyfriend.
Here the boys are heading out with the gear on a beautiful winter day, warm and no wind!
Our initail plan was to fish for burbot while FP hopped around to try different spots for invasive species for his book since he already had his lifer pout. Here his older brother is punching holes all the way back to shore while FP checks the depths!
After losing a couple in the first 10 minutes just under the ice, my future son in law bagged his first burbot ever!
Not long after it was my oldest's turn to nab his lifer!!
Fishing was excellent and fast paced, most of the ones we caught were males and most were on the bottom.
After freezing our butts of cleaning these guys we headed to the Super 8 in Duluth and hit the hot tub, what a day of fishing! No new invasives for FP but we all caught loads of burbot!
The next morning we headed up the north shore to scout for possible salmon fishing spots for the coming summer.
After reaching the Two Harbors area, the break wall looked sketchy we came upon some seriously bad ice in a little area of a bay with a portable sitting on it. We walked down and caught an older guy just getting ready to leave. He told us they were fishing for loopers and rarely salmon but had seen a round whitefish. I asked him if he was sure it wasn't a lake whitefish as rounds are so rare here I guess. He said nope it was a round, apparently he knew what he was talking about. We slowly picked our way out on to the wicked ice and setup camp. After about an hour of watching tiny trout like fish swim by on occasion, we seen one. We could tell right away from the tiny little snouts these were indeed whites. Not long after my oldest brought one on top the ice!
It was a round whitefish! Crazy and a big one too from what I've seen of them in pictures! Not long after that the one I was really hoping for came in and FP had his for his scrapbook!!!
Oh, and these guys proved to be every bit as finicky little monsters as their lake relatives! I missed a couple but really didn't care both my sons got theirs, life is good! Anyway there ya have it MN Menominees! Whats really crazy is if we would have been there 2 minutes later the old fella wouldve been gone and we would have kept on trucking northward and would have never found these guys!