We used medium heavy Cabela’s rods and baitcasting reels. Our bait was night crawlers on single swash hooks with beads and spinners above for attraction. Planer boards are a tool I am familiar with but haven’t used very often. We hooked the line onto the planer boards about 50 feet back and then let them trail the boat with five other boards giving us a fairly good spread to cover water with. In the three days we caught 11 walleye, 12 northern pike and about 20 lake perch which are actually one of my favorite to eat.
I was invited to Sault Ste. Marie by Travel Michigan and they hooked me up with my guide Harold Bailey. He lives on Sugar Island and is very knowledgeable in the ways of the river. I stayed at the Lockview Motel right across the street from the Soo Locks and every time a boat went through it blew its air horn to wake everyone in the town, after a while you get used to it.
Fishing with planer boards was somewhat different because in normal fishing you set the hook. On a board, when the fish bites the bait, it hooks itself. I think this has a tendency to make fishing a little less exciting because I like to feel the fish and then set the hook. However, in the end they were going into hot grease for a tasty meal. Couple that with fried potatoes, corn on the cob and fresh biscuits and it made me one happy angler.
If you’re ever in the Soo check out the maritime museums and of course the fudge shops, they’re to live for.