Nov 28-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: November: Nov 28-11
Lake Superior fishermen    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Sue Haralson
Seagull following    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Sue Haralson

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 07:40 am:

Sue Haralson was out at Big Traverse recently and spotted this fishing vessel coming in from a day on a quiet looking Lake Superior. She said the setting sun, with the low angle it was at, brought out so much more detail in the scene, that it caught her interest right away. With the hundred or so seagulls following the boat like that, you just know they had a good day fishing on the Big Lake. These shots make me wonder how long these fishermen continue going out on the Lake to for their catch and Iím guessing it must be pretty cold out there this time of year, too. Are there any fishermen out there that can enlighten us on winter fishing on Lake Superior?

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 07:49 am:

Well for starters, the water becomes quite rigid after awhile.


Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 08:09 am:

Fishing boat for Whitefish fishing?

By Donna (Donna) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 08:27 am:

Take out the snowmobile for trolling. :D

By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 09:10 am:

I love the Lake Superior fishing submarines. :D (Sorry... it's just what they look like to me!)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 09:34 am:

A golden boat.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 09:49 am:

There was at least one of those type boats docked in Charlevoix often. I always wondered why the cabin part was so low, and I agree, Mel, they do resemble a sub or a 'humpback'.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 10:21 am:

There is a good site to read/view the evolution of this type of fishing boat that plied the great lakes Some of the boats listed fished out of the Portage Entry and also Big Traverse on "the Keweenaw".

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 10:42 am:

I have seen pictures of them in early spring breaking ice to get out. Very impressive to see them full throttle with there nose straight up in the air to get on top of the ice and break through.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 12:06 pm:

Winter fishing on Lake Superior??? You should ask Neil Harri; I hear he is an expert in "fly" fishing this time of year.....

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 12:39 pm:

Capt; I think he might have kind of a soft landing yet, and a slow descent to the bottom of the lake. Actually it still might be a hard landing into soft water, but nevertheless I think he needs some ice to form before fishing.

By Bonnie Hartman (Bonniehartman) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 01:15 pm:

Love the photo, especially with the smokestack hiding in the background! My dad was a commercial fisherman out of Big Traverse on the Twin Disc.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 01:26 pm:


By ILMHitCC (Ilmhitcc) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 02:58 pm:

Some time ago you had some pictures up of similar type fishing boats unloading at Kauppi's dock in Gay. I believe it was taken in the 40's when Charlie Kauppi had the fisheries there. Some of those fisherman out of Gay and Copper Harbor would fish in the winter, but only the most rugged old Finns who carried an extra dose of SISU.
Watch out for them seagulls ;)

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 03:07 pm:

Great Pic, I could live there, nice area!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 04:49 pm:

Thanks for that site, Eddyfitz!...and Steve, I'll bet those were some bravehearts piloting those boats. Sounds like they learned something from the USCG....just a bit more dramatic!

By D. A. (Midwested) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:33 pm:

What a great site Eddy. I really enjoyed the collection of annals and anecdotes.

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 01:14 pm:

I remember the boats out of Portage Entry having a hard time in the brash ice in early winter. They might take a day or two to cover the last couple miles to the Entry during the worst of conditions. The fall & winter were herring season. There were other times when ice had to be chopped off the boat 'cause they were getting a bit top heavy.

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