Warmer water brings more fishing activity on the Gunflint Trail
- Blog Post by: Sue Kerfoot
- June 4, 2009 - 5:30 PM
The big northern story belongs to Roger Campbell, a fishing guide who lives on Poplar Lake. After being out on the water all day, Roger decided to play around for some small fish. On his 5 lb P Class Florocarbon Line (this is a professional guide and not me talking), Roger put on a Weed Weasel Jig and a big minnow. Almost immediately he hooked a huge northern but didn't have a net. Slowly Roger worked the boat and the fish over to Trail Center Resort. There he got a net and was able to land the 51" northern pictured above. One of the neighbors looked on a table correlating fish length to weight for each species. A 48" northern weighs about 30-31 pounds so this one was somewhat bigger. Roger said the head was 10" across. It was a personal record for him.
Ther are still an amazing number of animal sightings all along the Gunflint Trail. Dave Schudy was fishing along the Clearwater Road one night. He ran into 3 bull moose on the road. Linda, our mail lady, has seen 5 moose and 2 wolves in the last two days. Sue Arhendt from Tuscarora Lodge says they have a pair of trumpeter swans and some moose on Round Lake. She reports that they co-habitat very well. Sue was also out running with her dog one day. They saw a moose and the dog barked as they ran past. Coming back the moose barked ar them. I understand that this was a "bark" and not a "snort." Lin Sherfy from Rockwood Lodge reports that the yearling bear are out and about. Like many teenagers, they seem to find trouble everywhere. The moral of Lin's story is to not leave tempting food out for these youngsters to find.
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