Most of us have fished on lakes before, but Fishing on lake superior is a unique experience so having a guide who knows their stuff is key. In this week’s Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch heads out in search of some Lakers and Kings on lake superior.
When it comes to fishing Lake Superior, fisherman all know the biggest factor in finding the fish… the wind.
Chris Larson, the Captain of Relentless, said “The wind changes the whole fishery. If we have a west wind off the shore it blows all the warm water out and we get cold. When we have an east wind blows all the water back and it puts the column all at the same temperature.”
Chris Larson is Captain of Relentless, a charter fishing vessel. He’s been a captain for 5 years, but has been fishing these waters for about 15. All those years have taught him where to hone in on the fish.
Larson said, “But we’re looking for, we don’t have much structure here in Duluth so what we’re looking for our temperatures. Lake trout and salmon prefer to be in 48 to 52 or 55 degree water. So that’s what were searching for to put our baits in.”
But the water column is always changing, meaning the 8-lines we had in the water need to be constantly monitored.
Richard Rakow, a Client on Larson’s boat said “Chris puts a lot of time and effort into this, he’s checking rods and depths and constantly moving them up and down. So he’s very active and what you’re doing.”
And all that meticulous attention to detail pays off in the form of pounds of meat on deck. But Larson says if you want an easier bite, then you’ll have to head out in the early open water.
Larson said, “Spring time is actually pretty simple fishing out here. The warmer water is on the surface, we’re using the same Rapala that you’re using inland for walleye and we’re fishing them just about 125 feet behind the boat. When is the water warms up we start to go deeper and that’s when I gets more technical.”
Larson admits that this has been a tough year. Even though the fish was kind enough to bite during the interview…
“Yeah that was pretty cool. Fish on!” said Larson as he hops up to help reel in the fish.
There are still plenty of fish, but the weather has been making things more difficult.
“Normally we get 65° warmer at the surface down here and we never set up right, so we’ve been chasing the fish all over. And I don’t think we’ve had the size of fish that we would normally have down here either.” said Larson.