Man, somebody hand me a paper towel. I started thinking about catching spring (May, June) lakers in the Boundary Waters and started drooling at the thought of fresh, fried laker fillets on an open fire. You fillet out a 5 pound laker. Then, take those delectable thick fillets and chunk them up in to 1.5 inch cubes. Then, shake them in the breading of your choice and put them in a hot fry pan with preferably corn oil, but any oil will do except sunflower oil (starts to smoke too soon). Flip the chunks on all 8 sides until the laker cubes are done – probably 2 minutes on the top bottom and less on each side. You are doing a bunch of them in the pan, so you prop them up against each other so they can brown. When they are golden brown, remove from the pan and set on paper towels on an aluminum or other (non-plastic) plate. You can eat these with your fingers like fish cakes. My keyboard is getting blurry at the thought of one of my favorite northwoods delicacies.
In reality, before you can begin drooling over a plate of fresh fried lake trout on Kekekabic lake or on a point in Thomas, you gotta catch one or more. In the spring time when the water is cold, they are cruising at shallower depths making the act of catching them an easier event. Follow the shoreline with one of these Red Rock Spinner/Spoons. Lakers love a good flash and they will come smokin’ in to investigate and attack. That is what you want. You want to rile them up and make them try to devour whatever you are pulling behind the canoe.
Our Spinner/Spoon was originally a lure designed for bass fishing in weeds – I don’t know when exactly, but you see that same style spoon (sans spinner and metal beads) in every grandfather’s tackle box in the attic or on some shelf in the garage. We added the metal beads and hi-flash colorado-style spinner to this old-fashioned spoon and now you have a Spinner/Spoon. How’s that for a literal name for lack of a better one? Who cares – it the end result that counts.
To effectively use these weedless spoons, you make sure you have a decent snap swivel tied to your line, attach the Spinner/Spoon. Start paddling the canoe on your course along the shoreline – not too close to shore on a lake trout lake (Kek, Crane, Thomas, Ima, Knife, and many more). Toss it out behind the canoe and let out about 100 to 150 feet to troll shallow behind you. Secure your rod either with a rod holder or jamming it into the gunwale held down by your foot – whatever works. You don’t want your rod popping out of the canoe on a strike. Then, continue paddling forward. If you are in a Souris River Canoe (rent one here) , you can do this all without losing your forward glide. If you’re in Wenonah, you are now dead in the water and need to begin paddling and developing new momentum while your lure is sinking and sinking. Wenonahs won’t turn when you need them to turn and they crap out in about 20 feet after you stop paddling. I don’t make this stuff up – no need – everybody who know canoes knows about the “crap out” of Wenonahs when you stop paddling.
You may want your reel’s drag to be set a tad lighter while trolling so it’s easier for your line to play out on a strike and harder to pull your rod over the side of the canoe. You can always tighten it up when your are fighting the fish.
On a darker/cloudy/partially cloud day – use the gold color. On a bright day with blue sky, use the silver. This rule applies most of the time, but sometimes the fish change it up so don’t adhere to it super tightly.
Be aware that this lure will also attract killer northern pike. Northerns like laker tackle just like lakers. The cool thing about Spinner/Spoons is that you can use them for casting in the weeds with the weed guard. Now, with the spinner flashing, they won’t be as completely weedless as they are without the spinner-bead part. This makes a good reason for fishing it along side of weed beds, especially cabbage weeds if you can find them. Northerns like weeds but big northerns also hang out in the same places as lakers which is open deep water. Northerns from the Boundary Waters are also delicious so don’t be bummed if you catch one. Be bummed if you catch a 20 pounder. That’s too big and too much for even a small army to eat. Let him go and eat the smaller ones. Find out about filleting northern pike and eating them here
So, this is an effective, easy to use lure for laker fishing in the pristine waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We sell them in two packs – one gold and one silver. It will become your go-to lure for action and eating fish. Make sure you put a couple in your box before you go! You can only get these from Red Rock.