Monday, October 8, 2012
Trout Lake, MI Salmon Run!
We had heard tales that Big Trout Lake (aka Carp Lake) will occasionally yield a salmon or two, but we found this hard to believe. Our electrician also said he remembers pulling salmon and pike out of the area ditches as a boy. So when things got a little slower, we went salmon hunting--with a camera.
The Carp river flows out of the south end of Big Trout Lake. A quick look below the on Huckleberry Rd. certainly yielded no fish. Nor did the bridge over the Carp at M 123. So we decided if necessary to go on downstream all the way to it's mouth on Lake Huron, northeast of St. Ignace.
I didn't really expect to see much, but Bill said "Look, THERE!". Yup. There was a lonely salmon, biding it's time in a pool in the river.
We stopped at the bridge over the Carp River on the Mackinac Trail, north of St. Ignace. Walking downstream, Bill spotted some more swimming against the current upstream.
The further downstream we walked, the more there were.
That these were late comers was evident by the number of tracks and dead fish on the waters edge.
We decided to check out the mouth of the river, but found it was too deep to see any fish.
But I always enjoy looking out on the big lakes, and it seemed a fitting end to our quest... next year this is where it will all begin....again.