Jarrid Houston column: On sunny days, try fishing right under your boat
Walleyes and brown trout hitting along Lake Superior's South Shore.
The summer season always seems to rapidly move faster and faster. We are now past the middle of August and a lot of us are starting to envision preliminary signs of Autumn. We are starting to notice that grass growth is slowing down, treetops are showing a slight color variance and overnight temperatures are dipping into sweatshirt weather territory.
Fishing activity this last week has been mostly routine, but a few changes are starting to take shape. As we climb further toward September, more changes will certainly happen and fishing is only going to get better. Fall fishing is my favorite time of year, but I, and probably most of you, don't want to rush through what we have left of the summer season. So let’s enjoy what we have left. Here is our weekly report:
We can't forget to congratulate the guys at FishNorthMN charters and Capt. Jordan Korzenowski for putting his clients on a true "fish of a lifetime" — a 45.5-inch lake trout on Aug. 9. Lake Superior is a mystical place with many wonders. Fishing has picked up this last week with many anglers getting a mix of lakers, cohos, walleyes and the occasional chinook. Flasher fly combos and spoons have been a mainstay. Waters of 150-250 foot depths have been most popular, with baits diving down near thermocline areas.
The South Shore bite continues to turn a few walleyes. Best tactic has been to cover water with off-shore planer boards and crankbait setups. Depths of 15-45 feet of water with baits diving somewhere in toward the bottom has been best. Always a good idea to have a flashy spoon being dragged as well, as this can occasionally pick up a brown trout.
Stream fishing this last week was very productive for good brown trout and brook trout. Small spinnerbaits in either red, yellow or pink were great colors. Fish are somewhat schooled up, but it is important to be stealthy when sneaking up on them. Another trick I would like to share is never feed these fish. It is best to play “keep away.” These are among the fastest most aggressive fish that swim, so don't be afraid to speed up your retrieve if you see one chasing your bait.
The St. Louis River had a few walleyes biting in the lower sections of the river. Anglers are still targeting channel edges with a mix of crankbaits and/or worm harnesses. Also finding a few bonus perch, catfish and crappies as well. Muskie anglers are seeing some nice follows in all stretches of the river.
Inland waters are not showing any signs of slowing down as we are taking a variety of fish using a variety of tactics. Most productive bite has turned back to a jig 'n' minnow, leech or crawler. Slip bobber and small butterfly spinners have also been good. Targeting mid-lake structures like sunken reefs, or heavy timber and/or rock cover in 8-20 feet of water still continues to be good. On the high-sun, blue-sky afternoons, don't be afraid to fish right under the boat as well. Boats provide shade and often fish will follow the big shadow of a boat. Just don't be cranking the radio and making a ton of noise pollution. See you on the water.
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.