July 4th

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 2009

Species: Northern Pike
Size: ~17″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook

Date: 7/4/2009
Time: 8-9:30pm
Body of water: Poplar Lake
Location: Gunflint Trail
Weather Conditions: clear

Having been disappointed the night before, I wanted to go after the one that got away. Ken and I headed to our favorite fishing hole again. We did some casting in the bay, but headed in to the hole pretty quickly. A few casts with a white pearl fluke and I got a hit. It was a Northern that looked a lot like the one I let go the night before. After I let that one go, Ken said it would have been a good size for pickling, so I kept this one.

Ken got a nice hit, also with a white pearl fluke, but got stuck in the weeds. After a few seconds, it stopped fighting, so we knew the fish took the hook out and hooked the salad instead. Ken let me cast a few more times before moving in to retrieve his lure, but I didn’t get any more action.

We pulled out and followed the shore East where Ken hadn’t fished much before. There was a little bay with a few lily pads, but the casts produced nothing. We kept following the shore and saw a splash in a little alcove. Ken placed his fluke exactly in the right spot, but no bite.

We fished the South shore of Ken’s cousins island where Ken got a 20″ Northern off the fluke on the Eastern end. It would be a nice edition to the pickling I wanted to try.

We quit fishing early so we could pick up the family for fireworks. We got back, all packed into the pontoon and motored to Windigo Lodge where the fireworks were already going off. We spent the next half hour just relaxing, eating roasted peanuts, and enjoying the show. A few fish jumped around us while we were there, so I threw out a vibrating crayfish to troll on the way back, but again nothing. I didn’t expect anything, but remember, avid fisherman can’t be on a lake without throwing out a line.

Daughter's drawing of family watching fireworks from our pontoon.

Daughter's drawing of family watching fireworks from our pontoon.

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