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Fishing/Trolling in currents of Superior


Can you catch Lake Trout and Salmon trolling into the current?  What is the most effective direction to troll in regard to current patterns in Lake Superior?  In rivers I usually sweep down current and somewhat cross current current  with my lures.  Is it the same in big water? Thanks.  Dennis

Hi Dennis,

I can answer the question from a Lake Michigan standpoint.  They generally either troll with or against the current.  Not too often across.  And "with" or "against" usually determines lure speed.  At times the currents are too fast to troll with the flow so anglers will troll against them.  In either case, the currents attract and move bait so they are important to follow.

Good fishing,



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I can answer questions relating to all types of freshwater fishing, tackle, and tactics. I also can answer questions regarding rod building, lure making, and lure modification. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.


My expertise is in Bass, Pike, Musky and the Great Lakes species. I have a lot of experience in Wisconsin and Lake Michigan in particular. With regard to Rod building, I have built custom rods since 1978. I have been building and designing lures for 35 years. I currently sell several of my lures both locally and nation wide. I have done work for several lure companies such as Mepps, Storm, Cisco Kid, and Suick. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.

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I have an engineering background.

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