Apr 13-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: April: Apr 13-05
Hanging out with Dad    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Carl Kiilunen
Running river    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Carl Kiilunen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 05:05 am:

This shot from Carl Kiilunen reminds me of those 'Priceless' ads for one of the major credit card companies... a day like this one is truly just that! I can't think of a better way to leave your cares behind for a few hours, than to sit by the Big Traverse River, wetting a few worms with some of the most important people in your world. Oh yes, we can't forget the furry loved one either. Looks like he'd like to take a leap into the raging waters and have a go at catching a few fish himself! In the second picture you can get a glimpse of the river all churned up as she makes a bend, in a hurry to join forces with the Big Lake. Any reports on how the fishing has been so far this spring?

By Joe on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 05:22 am:

I can remember moments like this when my two were at home. Then they grow up.

By Barb, GR MI on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:28 am:

Good morning, would rather be fishing than working today.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:43 am:

Very nice.

By Yooper in Cadillac on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:47 am:

Ah yes, April steelhead fishing !! Always the first fishin' trip of the year........ "Work is for people who do not know how to fish!" Go Fish !!

By j A P E i on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:56 am:

Very good morning and sunshines from Finland!

DONALD TERVO: colossals thanks Your email to me..

I am VERY happy and smile rest my facial on!

We can all sing NOW some springsing - together!!

Would be fine if each can put microphones and loudspeakers open and then; sound over marines..

Regards also Maija and Beverly!!! I soon put email there .. .

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 07:12 am:

Makes me want to take Josh from school today and drive to Savannah to FISH AND CRAB!

By John from the prairie on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 08:32 am:

steelhead? mmmmmmtrout. smoked fish is one of my favorite
foods of the u.p.

By RKJ StPaul on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 08:34 am:

Those kids have it made with rods and reels and most likely store bought bait. Way back when it was government poles and night crawlers picked the night before or garden worms dug up ourselvs.

By maijaMI on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 08:56 am:

My Dad loved collecting the crawlers before the rare times he could go fishing. It was part of the whole "cycle of life" thing. Worms from the property brought fish to the table.

By Spring Fever Looper on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 09:32 am:

I'd rather be fishing than working too. And I don't fish. I would rather be outside than in on this beautiful day! It's hard to be indoors in the basement working. -- Hey Yooper people: were there Northern Lights Monday evening? I saw a bright glow on the N horizon and couldn't get TV reception to watch Antiques Road Show. The aurora is better than TV any night. Spent time out there in the bug-free dark watching the stars.

By Been There on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 09:50 am:

Alex: DO IT! Go straight to the principle's office and tell them you have to take your son out of class today. It will be a "cool" remembered secret between son and dad for the rest of his life and he will do it for his children.

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 09:59 am:

The Traverse Bay "village" is a neat spot. I regret that the five or six net reels which used to be there are now gone. Too bad that the museum didn't get at least one. Fishing and fishermen are very much a part of the Keweenaw and their culture and tools aren't very much visible except at the fishery on Isle Royale.

By sur5er on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 10:35 am:

But where are da girls? We girls fish too, you know ;) How my hubby and I realized our little girl was growing up: she no longer spent Michigan summers at the fishing hole with the gang and no longer carried her Ugly Stic tied to the bar on her bike.

You're right Joe, our kiddies grow up too darn fast.

Alex, go get your son out of school today...he will remember it forever. I can hear him now, "There was this one day, where I was sitting in class, and my dad came and picked me up in the middle of the school day to go fishing. Gosh, that must have been thirty years ago..."

By laurium people on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 10:43 am:

Hey that guy in the pic is Reverend Jim!!!
He's an awesome sportsman.
Hope you caught some Jim!!

By RKJ StPaul on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 10:50 am:

It's the season for that very catchy disease made popular by the Yoopers. "Fish Jigginitis". When you catch it there is only one cure. Go Fishing.

By Stix out West on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 10:54 am:

Hey, seeing these great fishing pics reminds me to ask......where exactly is the Tobacco River? There was quite a discussion about it a few days ago. Probably have driven by it many times but just can't place the river!! Bet the smelts will be running soon!

By sur5er on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 11:08 am:


I'll have to check on the location of Tobacco River...I know that it is somewhere between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor, because hubby and I were looking at a piece of property that bordered Tobacco River.

By Been There on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 11:11 am:

Sur5er: I are a girl....older but still a girl!

By LureCleaner on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 11:14 am:

"Your worst day fishing is better than your best day at work"

By california yooper on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 11:25 am:

We recently moved to Northern California and miss the UP immensely can't wait to come and visit, at least we see the UP through your site everyday! Thanks for all the great pictures!

By Sue, Calumet on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 12:01 pm:

Gollum wants to know--what are the poles for, precious?

By Keweenaw County boy on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 12:34 pm:

Tobacco River is right by Gay, no where near Eagle or Copper Harbor

By Ellen,Sunrise Side, Mi on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 12:53 pm:

Hi all,
I am here in Sunny California. (Sacramento area) The weather isn't much different than ours. Cool this a.m. Going to have a great time with the grandsons and do lots of sightseeing... I will be checking back on this site, Can't Leave home without it!!!!

By Mel, Westland on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 01:32 pm:

Hi, I am coming up there on Friday. Yes!
Have the Northern Lights been out yet?

By Yooper in Indiana on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 02:17 pm:

Interesting reading!


By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 02:24 pm:

Tobacco River

By Brita on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 02:45 pm:

There were beautiful Northern Lights last night! They actually looked like really bright clouds striping the sky.

Great fishing picture!

By sur5er on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 02:54 pm:

Well I'll be...I'll have to redirect hubby to the north west side of Keweenaw, from now on, when he does property searches on da computer. Cuz he was supposed to be looking at property between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor....and I thought he knew where Eagle and Copper Harbors were.You know how men are, they never ask for directions. Sigh.

By Karl Raasio , Cadillac MI on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 03:49 pm:

I remember many times fishing with my Dad, first time I remember I was about 5, he was getting up early to do some fishing by himself, but he never made it to the door of the cabin without me by his side! That was at Ray's Cabins in Chassel. Ray and Fay Carlson were my Dad's cousins and we spent many summer vacations there fishing on Portage Lake. My Dad passed away 16 years ago, but I never forget the great times we had fishing. I have been able to do the same with my son and this summer...my Grandson and Grand daughter! Gonna be a great summer...maybe even get them to the UP...

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 04:24 pm:

I went out fishing with my Dad ,Moms cousin,and my brother. Actually went to raise a net out in Keweenaw Bay. We were in an open boat 21' with a Model A engine. Well a storm came up so sudden we didn't have time to reset the net. It was "Hurry and get to the Entry" The last mile or so was touch and go. Spray was going over the boat,and with the engine ignition getting wet the Ol' Model A engine didn't like to keep running.Naturally the wind was off shore too. However I'm here to tell that,"WE MADE IT"!

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 04:28 pm:

As I understand it,us men like to explore alternative destinations.

By sur5er on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 05:04 pm:


Yep, I have heard my hubby make that comment too, about alternate routes, when he gets lost. "Well I always wondered where this road would lead to...and I guess we now have the chance to find out, eh."

Amazing, hubby never gets lost when he driving a semi and hauling several tons of goods. As a matter of fact, when he finds out that he is going to a new location, he will sit on this computer and do mapquest and get exact directions.

But if you put him in a vehicle and attach a camper to the back of him, he will drive aimlessly around, without a map/directions, for hours on end, lost as lost can be.

Hubby's response for not being as concerned with directions on vacaction as he is at work, while driving a semi? "Have you ever had to back up a semi when you make a wrong turn and end up at the end of a dead end street?"

I guess it's a manueverability factor eh? If you're hauling something you can't back up/turn around, then, and only then, do you need directions.

By danbury, speechless on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:04 pm:

Yooper in Indiana: indeed, very interesting.
Although I'm afraid my understanding of interesting in this case might be quite contrary to your understanding.

By Stix out West on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:15 pm:

Thanks for the Tobacco River map!

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:53 pm:

Hey Roudy,
Did we forget to add a space after the period "running.Naturally"?. Just a little payback.

By ILMHitCC on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 08:24 pm:

Sorry, Yooper in Indiana. Entertaining, maybe, tho it seems your author has also decided to play hookey from school of thought (or research) and gone on a fishing expedition of her own!

I prefer mine with a pole and a cooler. Time better spent. Funny thing, I remember having more fun as a kid digging for night crawlers than the fishing part. Maybe because I caught so many more worms than fish!

By danbury on Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 03:47 am:

I seldom went fishing, only when visiting in NH, but everytime before we'd go, we'd cross the road to a little patch of brush and dig up some night crawlers. Big ones, too.
I wonder how big the biggest Lumbricus is, though. Where I live there's supposedly L. badensis, the existence of which is only indicated by analysis of fox droppings. Supposed length: about a foot or two, with a diameter of nigh on an inch, as far as I recall.
What kind of fish one could get with a nightcrawler like that?

By Yooper in Indiana on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 10:32 am:

Some more reading


By _harju_ on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 01:07 pm:

Hey pasty or who ever runs this, all those kids ai know and that is not there dad!

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