My goals: Catch some fish to clean, cook, and eat while hiking. I am not interested in sport fishing; I just want to extract delicious food from nature. Since I am hiking, I want my kit to be as light as possible. My priority list for choosing gear is lightweight > idiot proof> inexpensive. Our current itinerary has us visiting Desor and Chickenbone. It is also possible that we will camp at Hatchet.
Proposed gear: A small, sectioned container for tackle, tackle, rod, fillet knife, stringer.
A. What rod do you recommend? I want something that is easy, portable, and lightweight. I am looking at Emmrods. http://www.emmrod.com/ because they are lightweight and shouldn't involve any assembly or disassembly. Just strap it to my pack and go. Is this a good choice?
B. What kind of tackle do I need? Do I need two different kinds of line for Lake Superior and the inland lakes? What kind of line? Given the environment, what kinds of lures should I use? Is it worth my time to dig up worms and use them as live bait?
C. Any other input that someone who hasn't fished in a loooong time could use to help have a relaxing, rewarding fishing experience while on the island.
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Check the Greenstone paper on the NPS site for seasons and catch limits, hook types(barbless) and bait(no natural) restrictions: https://www.nps.gov/isro/greenstone-newspaper.htm
I am better at fishing than catching.
Others: feel free to dispute me, I am better at fishing than catching.
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Chickenbone should be good though. Try the weedy shallows at Chickenbone for Northern. Use a steel leader for Northern.
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Notice you'll need barbless hooks, or pinch the barbs down. Also I think there are some rules/recommendations on not using the same lures in Superior as inland to help prevent invasives without cleaning.
On that note, me and two others are going in Mid June and will all have fishing gear. We plan on fishing primarily for food, but you can't rely on it as a meal. If its something you are interested in, look into changing up your route if possible as you can hit some other places and pass by Hatchet and Desor.
I can get more detail on the gear we are bringing later on. And a fishing report after our trip in June.
Shore fishing from Chickenbone (Chickenbone West Campground) is possible but it will involve some wading past the reeds. There is a population of walleye which, if caught, will make the effort worthwhile. There are leeches...
Both lake Desor and Hatchett Lake have many baitfish. Historically they are both listed as having Brook Trout. Whether they still have any is an open question. Keep in mind that fishing these lakes is difficult -- accessing Lake Desor from NLD or SLD to fill water bottles is a challenge -- and it may be that most folks pass on fishing these lakes.
I have no experience with an Emmrod (I fly fish and have fly fished ISRO). Fishing from shore will be difficult and the further you can cast, the more water you can cover.