Out in it: Trolling in Brookston


June 12, 2020

Google Earth

The St. Louis River boat landing in Brookston can be seen to the left in this Google Earth image.

If you read my column regularly you're already aware I'm up for new adventures. This week I jumped at the chance to fish a new stretch of the St. Louis River with Cloquet's Chad Vermeersh. We hooked up his Lund and headed slightly northwest to downtown Brookston to chase walleyes.

The boat landing is easy to locate, upstream of the bridge, just off the beaten path. The landing drops at a precipitous rate, its concrete pads swallowed up by the root-beer stained water far below. I drew the short straw, riding in the back of the boat as we launched. I felt like I was teetering 12 feet above th...

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