Kingstrom sifts through scum at North Shore tourney

EAGLE?HARBOR?- “Congratulations Mary, you won the scummiest fishing tournament in the Keweenaw!” said Jim Oikarinen during weigh-ins as he presented Mary Kingstrom her first place prize for biggest fish.

So-called because of the scum lines that build up like bathtub rings around the Keweenaw during the summer, the North Shore tournament lures anglers out in the lake in search of scum lines formed by thermal breaks where warm and cold water meet. The strategy pays off in good-sized fish feeding aggressively on bugs and bait fish, often near the surface.

Anglers targeting lake trout, salmon, splake and steelhead braved a calm lake, relentless sunshine and biting bugs from 6 a.m., returning to shore for the festive 3 p.m. weigh-ins, awards and fish fry, where the tournament catch made it an all-you-can-eat affair.

Fishing with her husband Mark, Mary Kingstrom caught a 13.73-pound lake trout to win biggest fish award. Team Kingstrom also won the Biggest Basket award, weighing in three fish totaling 25.16 pounds.

Mike Bessolo weighed in the biggest salmon, a 2.11 pound coho, and Keith Guy caught the biggest steelhead, a 4.80 pounder.

“It was a successful event and a lot of fish were caught using every Yooper technique available and then some,” said tournament organizer Jim Oikarinen. “Some boats went deep catching fish bobbing with gebbus and cutbait, while others had nice catches on downriggers, dipsy-divers, planer boards and flat-lining along the scum lines, some out in the freighter lanes.”

“Don’t forget cowbells,” Mary Kingstrom tipped.

The top five boats all had limit catches. For more information, call Jim Oikarinen, 281-1029 or Pete Oikarinen, 337-5062.