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Houston's fishing report: Explore different bodies of water

Jarrid Houston

The most fun this last week was adventuring to new bodies of water. I encourage anyone to seek out new waters. Living in this part of the country, we certainly have no shortage of opportunities. By doing your homework and researching, you can set yourself up for success. You never know — you may just find a new favorite spot or honey hole.

Lake Superior anglers are catching a mix of coho salmon, king salmon, lakers and walleyes. Some of the salmon have moved up the North Shore, and as we climb deeper into summer, they will continue to push up the shore. Some nice salmon have been taken closer to Duluth this past week as well. The best practice is trolling at 2.3 to 2.5 mph with Dipsy Divers, snap weights or downriggers using flashers or spoons. Color patterns can change day to day, so try new spreads and find out what works for you. Stream anglers are getting good brook trout using small spinners and/or artificial baits.

The St. Louis River has been fair. Walleyes are spread out pretty well, so it takes some seeking out to find active, biting fish. Trolling has been the best bet. Going 2 to 2.5 mph and using shallow-running cranks has been best. Smallmouth bass have really turned on this last week. Anglers are staying busy with these "bronzebacks" casting jig-n-pigs off rock piles, gravel and other structures. Anglers are reporting slow muskie fishing.

The inland bite was decent this past week but kind of hard to fish with the amount of traffic on the water. The best times, no doubt, have been early morning and later evenings. Pitching weedlines caught a little bit of everything. Water temps are well into the 70s at surface levels, so don't hesitate to start looking for deeper, cooler water holding bigger fish. Live bait is still a go-to way to catch, but casting Rapalas and spinner baits is also taking some fish. Seeking out lakes of the beaten path has paid off.

Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.

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